The immigration department of New Zealand has recently announced new changes to the student visa process. The government claims that the changes to the ‘Study to Work’ visa, which aims to attract students and help them get work and residence, will come into effect from July 25.
Currently, Indian students are the third-largest source of international students in New Zealand and around 11,600 Indian students are enrolled in New Zealand. After the changes are implemented, students would need to study in New Zealand for at least two years in order to get the ‘Study to Work’ visa. Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman said it was important to ensure that students genuinely come to New Zealand to study. “The majority of people are here to legitimately study, but some just see a student visa as a shortcut to gaining access to New Zealand. Some education providers have been enrolling students who are not capable of successfully completing their courses, have poor attendance, and who are recording poor learning outcomes,” Coleman said.
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