Applicants for student visas in New Zealand can now apply online. The new online service allows applicants to compete forms, upload documents and pay fees online.
However, passports still need to be physically submitted at an INZ branch or Visa Application Centre (such as TTS). New ‘e-visas’, issued without requiring a stamp in the passport, are expected to be introduced next year.
INZ General Manager Stephen Dunstan says that the first application submitted online under the new ICT system, known as Immigration ONLINE, has already been approved, subject to the applicant’s passport being submitted.
“The launch of student visas online has been a great success and will give our customers a much improved service,” Mr Dunstan says. “This is a significant first step in moving as many of our services online as possible.”
Immigration New Zealand says in 2015 online applications will cover visitor and work visas, as well as the Chinese language visitor visa form, resulting in about 70 per cent of visa applications by volume being available online. At the same time, third party partners such as immigration advisers, education agents and education providers will get the ability to apply on behalf of their clients.
“When fully implemented, Immigration ONLINE will mean that INZ will have more flexibility to respond better to customers’ needs and expectations,” Mr Dunstan says. “Customers will have a more personalised service through being able to use the Real Me logon service under which the same logon details can be used to access other participating Government service providers’ online services.”
Source: Immigration New Zealand
For assistance with New Zealand student visas, including assistance in selecting a course of study and applying for an offer of study, contact us. Studying in New Zealand can offer a pathway to residence. The Visa Centre has experienced visa consultants who can guide you through the process (with guaranteed results) and staff members who are citizens of NZ and/or have studied in New Zealand themselves. We are also agents for a number of New Zealand educational institutes.