New Zealand would be urged to tighten controls and checks on foreign students

November 27, 2015
The Immigration Department of New Zealand would be asked to tighten the controls and checks on the foreign students and their agents at the seminar today in Auckland.

Around 1,16,600 individuals had applied for the student visa in the year till June with over 99,000 applications were approved to study here.

New Zealand would be urged to tighten controls and checks on foreign students

Over a time, around 912 students holding the student visa were denied an additional student visa as students from India tops the list of around 209 denials which is followed by China with 205 denials and Fiji with 92 denials.

The immigration department of New Zealand informed that the students were denied as they were unable to proof that they are bonafide students. The reason behind the denial also includes finding difficulty in proving a genuine objective of residing and studying plans and also the failure to show that they had access to enough funds for supporting their plans of study in New Zealand.

According to Chairwoman of Migration and Investment Association of New Zealand, June Ranson, the student visa was viewed as the easy route to get the permanent residency in New Zealand. A lot of foreign students who visit New Zealand were not found as the genuine students and pursuing education was not their main objective.

She also said that many students visit New Zealand with the obvious agenda of migration which is selecting the cheapest course and finding the employment in no future careers in New Zealand for just to get the residence.

The total number of applicants who were denied the student visa previous year was around 17,564 from a total of 1,16,582 applications which has risen from 6298 the preceding year when there were around 93,544 applications.

The number of overseas students over the period has raised by 16% from the last year.  Students from China were the main source with around 27%, Indian students stood at second place with 23% and students from Korea at 6%.

New Zealand education policy failures would be discussed at the panel session and it would also discuss rigid controls, policy and would discuss on whether the country is being promoted to the foreign students fairly or not.

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