|NEW ZEALAND'S EDUCATION
International students will be able to apply online for New Zealand visas in the next few weeks, when Immigration New Zealand’s new service goes live.
Immigration ONLINE – Student will allow international students around the world to apply, pay fees and upload supporting documents online. The new service will be available to full fee paying, scholarship, exchange and English language students.
Student applicants will still need to provide passports. This can be done offshore through Visa Application Centres or, if the applicant is already in New Zealand, through the INZ Palmerston North office.
Apply on behalf of functionality – for INZ’s third party partners such as immigration advisers, education agents and education providers – is now set to go live in 2015. Later this year INZ will provide more specifics around the delivery timing in 2015.
While the new system provides international students with a new way to apply for their visas, it does not affect existing services. All current student visa processes remain.
Education agents can continue to use current methods of applying on behalf of applicants, and information about Immigration ONLINE – Student is being made available to agents so they can continue to give advice about application options to prospective student.
For further information, please read detailed question and answers onImmigration New Zealand’s website.