New Zealand Student Visas Processing Time Will Decrease
A new memorandum was signed by Education New Zealand (the government agency, which is responsible for promoting the New Zealand education abroad) and Immigration New Zealand. The purpose of the memorandum is to improve the processing times for foreign student visas. According to the memorandum every prospective student, who used a New Zealand Specialist Agent (NZSA), in order to make and application will have his/her visa processed within ten days. Currently all foreign students(with the exception of Australian citizens and holders of Australian permanent residence visa), who want to study in New Zealand for more than three months must apply for a Student visa and must meet certain requirements in order to be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
New Zealand minister of Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce has expressed the opinion that the new memorandum is a good example of how different government agencies can work together, in order to enhance the international education industry of the country. He points out that every year the international education industry is bringing more than two billion NZ dollars in the New Zealand’s economy. Furthermore it is an important cultural bridge between New Zealand and the rest of the world. The main goal of the government will be to double the economic and the social benefits brought in by the international education. According to Mr. Joyce this can only happen through close cooperation between the government and the educational sector.
Immigration minister Nathan Guy sees the new agreement as an opportunity for Immigration New Zealand to play a more prominent role in the New Zealand Specialist Agent program. He emphasizes the fact that Immigration New Zealand plays a key role in facilitating the application process for more than 100 000 foreign students, who are coming to study in the country every year
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