New Zealand student applications moving online

by Ray Clancy on June 10, 2017

Student visa applications for New Zealand are changing over to online processing with paper applications being phased out, it has been confirmed.

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is encouraging students to start using the online system from now on. They can do this via INZ or on campus if they are reapplying for a visa through a student online provider.

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‘Immigration Online is faster and cheaper than a paper application and provides students with an eVisa. We want students to get used to using the system as in the very near future paper applications will be phased out,’ said an INZ spokesman.

An electronic visa or eVisa is issued without a physical label. ‘You’ll be told by email when your application has been decided. You can log into your Immigration Online account to see the decision,’ the spokesman explained.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed the news that five of New Zealand’s eight universities have improved their ranking in the annual QS World University Rankings.

The University of Auckland is the highest ranking in New Zealand at joint 82 but this is down one place from last year. The University of Otago rose 18 places to 151 and the University of Canterbury at 214 was unchanged from last year.

Victoria University of Wellington went up nine places to 219, the University of Waikato was up 32 places to 292, Massey University at 316 was up 24 places, Lincoln University was also up 24 places to 319 and Auckland University of Technology at 441 was unchanged from last year.

‘These results are positive news for our world class tertiary education system, with all eight of our universities ranked in the top 450 for the second year running. This reflects the steady progress we are constantly making to raise the quality of our universities, and the investments into high quality research by the Government,’ said Goldsmith.

‘The Government is committed to investing in quality tertiary education, with a $132.1 million investment in tertiary education through Budget 2017, including an additional $52.5 million for the Performance-Based Research Fund, and $69 million to increase tuition subsidy rates, helping providers to raise quality even further,’ he added.

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