|NEW ZEALAND'S EDUCATION
Education providers who pay agents in India to recruit students for them with fraudulent documents could face being shut down.
With more than 10,000 Indian student visa applications declined in the past year due to fraudulent documents, the Government is targeting Private Training Establishments (PTEs) that are paying commissions to dodgy agents in markets like India.
"I think it will make sure the providers take more care in terms of what their agents are doing and whether they are ensuring whether their paperwork is filled out correctly," said Steven Joyce, Tertiary Education Minister.
"We have had some examples in recent times where some Indian agents have not behaved well."
The new rules will allow the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to more effectively punish education providers who are dealing with these overseas agents.
That could include sanctions for PTEs, or shutting them down altogether, but critics say the move is too late.
"This is a dog whistle. You know how bad it is offshore. We've got all sorts of agencies that are meant to be working for this country, unlicensed, unqualified and engaged in major corruption," said Winston Peters, New Zealand First leader.
With export education big business here, New Zealand is a prime target.
"Everyone else advising about New Zealand visas needs to be licenced, so there's clearly some kind of loophole there for education agents to exploit," said Immigration lawyer Somang You of Ryken and Associates.