Thou­sands of In­dian stu­dents de­nied New Zealand visas

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Welling­ton: Ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions are try­ing to en­rol thou­sands of In­dian stu­dents that Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand does not believe are re­ally in­tend­ing to study while in New Zealand.

Fig­ures pro­vided un­der the Of­fi­cial In­for­ma­tion Act show 51 in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing half of the coun­try’s poly­tech­nics, have visa de­cline rates for In­dian stu­dents of more than 30 per cent.

More than half the ap­pli­cants turned down At most of the in­sti­tu­tions more than half of ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing turned down and at one the de­cline rate is 86 per cent. The fig­ures cover the six months from the start of De­cem­ber 2015 to the end of May 2016 and are only for in­sti­tu­tions with at least 10 visa ap­pli­ca­tions from In­dian stu­dents. They show that Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand turned down 3864 visa ap­pli­ca­tions for the in­sti­tu­tions, and ap­proved 3176 dur­ing that time. Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand told RNZ’s In­sight pro­gramme that most of the de­clined ap­pli­ca­tions in the first four months of this year were be­cause it did not believe the ap­pli­cant was re­ally com­ing to study, or be­cause it did not believe they had enough money to sup­port them­selves.

High re­fusal rates could cause prob­lems In 2014, Im­mi­gra­tion New Zealand warned New Zealand Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Author­ity (NZQA) that high re­fusal rates could in­di­cate prob­lems with ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions.

“For the pur­pose of pri­ori­ti­sa­tion INZ be­lieves that a provider who has an av­er­age de­cline rate of 30 per cent or above war­rants ur­gent at­ten­tion. Such a high de­cline rate would give INZ se­ri­ous cause for con­cern that the provider does not have ad­e­quate sys­tems and pro­cesses in place to control the qual­ity of the of­fers of place be­ing issued, or that busi­ness prac­tices are flawed.”

Im­mi­gra­tion said it had in­creased its au­dits of providers with high de­cline rates and was now as­sess­ing in­for­ma­tion ob­tained from the 10 es­tab­lish­ments it had vis­ited so far.

It also had other tools, such as ex­tra ver­i­fi­ca­tion of visas ap­pli­ca­tions for providers with high de­cline rates. NZQA said it was as­sess­ing what it should do about the providers, but noted it re­cently gained new pow­ers for deal­ing with rogue in­sti­tu­tions. Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Group spokesper­son Paul Chalmers said the vast ma­jor­ity of the de­clined ap­pli­ca­tions were not cases of fraud, but were sim­ply not up to Im­mi­gra­tion’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Im­mi­gra­tion was some­times turn­ing down bona fide stu­dents, he said. Ra­dio NZ

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