28 August 2008

NZ scouting for foreign students in India

Representatives from New Zealand’s tertiary institutions will be running a series of Education Fairs in India starting today, reports Voxy.co.nz. The six day fair will aim to attract more Indian nationals to move to New Zealand to study, and eventually ease the skills shortage in the country.

The Education Fair is hoping to attract Indians to apply for New Zealand student visas who want to fast-track the process for obtaining permanent residency.  Organisers also hope that the fair will make it clear that overseas migrants have much better opportunities of gaining employment in New Zealand if they have local qualifications. 

Kaye LeGros, Business Development Manager from Whitireia Community Polytechnic told reporters, "We have a number of international students who have come to study and very quickly moved into work in their respective fields of study after graduation."

Each year, the Education Fair in India attracts thousands of potential overseas students, while Education New Zealand also organises the fair in over 60 cities around the world.

The fair offers the opportunity for potential migrants and families to discuss migration options, studying options, and the immigration process with Immigration New Zealand officials and educational institutions.

"The Indian people value family networks and it is common to have parents, cousins, and other family members coming to the fairs to meet with potential school staff to discuss study and pathway options." Kaye LeGros added.

The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrate to New Zealand.

Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.

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