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New Zealand launches five-year pathway visa

New Zealand has launched a pilot programme that will enable international students to study for up to three consecutive study programmes under a single, five-year pathway visa, which aims to simplify the visa process for international students and thus make New Zealand more competitive as a study destination.

Growth in NZ tertiary enrolments halted by private sector

A snapshot of New Zealand's international education sector from January to April of this year shows overall enrolments declined by 3% due to a significant 10% drop in private training establishment (PTE) numbers. The high value of the New Zealand dollar, increased investment in domestic education in key source markets and competition from top English speaking destinations continue to afflict the industry.

NZ: student visa approvals fall by a quarter

Despite efforts to boost education exports, the number of students being issued visas to study in New Zealand for the first time fell by a quarter in 2009-2012, new figures reveal. The government blames the Christchurch earthquakes, global economy and high New Zealand dollar, but others say poor immigration policies are a factor.

NZ: overseas recruitment suspended at PTEs

It appears the UK is not the only country closely scrutinising the activities of overseas recruiters—this month four private tertiary education providers in New Zealand had their right to recruit abroad suspended after failing to meet basic obligations to their overseas students.

NZ to take student visa processing online

New Zealand is to take all student visa applications online from late 2013 in a bid to speed up processing and improve customer service. It will be the first service to be delivered through the country's Immigration Global Management System (IGMS) – a new "fit for purpose" IT system aimed at modernising the immigration system by 2015.

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