Presentation on theme: "Student Visa Processing Ho Chi Minh City Branch June 2009."— Presentation transcript:
Student Visa Processing Ho Chi Minh City Branch June 2009
Julie Smart Visa Officer Greg Henderson Visa Officer Tu Anh Huynh Visa Officer Wendy Greaves Immigration Manager The Team at HCMC
Todays Programme PART ONE - Changes during the past year Statistics and trends The year coming up PART TWO - Practical training session for Agents on compiling a good student application
MANAGEMENT CHANGE Until this year the day to day visa operation in Ho Chi Minh City was managed by New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE). In January 2009, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) took over the direct management of the visa operation and the visa staff.
ALL VISAS IN 2008- 2009 VISITORS 50% STUDENTS 46% 4% WORK
TYPES OF STUDENT VISAS IN 2009 ENGLISH 50% UNDER GRAD 28% HIGH SCH 19% 4% POST GRAD
PROCESSING STATISTICS In 2008-2009 there were 733 Student Visa applications decided at Ho Chi Minh Branch Of these applications: 522 were approved (71%), plus 86 were approved utilising a Limited Purpose Visa (12%) 84 were declined (11%) 41 were withdrawn by the student prior to a decision (5%)
DECLINED APPLICATIONS Of the 84 declined applications in 2008-2009, the majority were declined because: 1.We could not be satisfied that they were a genuine student. (Did not meet positive student profile). 2.Evidence of funds could not be verified and/or there was no evidence of an ongoing income.
3.8% student applications were declined in 2007-2008 This increased to 11.4% in 2008-2009 Possibly reflecting - 8% increase in applications from areas of higher risk DECLINED APPLICATIONS
APPROVAL RATES 2009 76% of English Language students are approved 98% of High School students are approved 97% of Undergraduate students are approved 100% of Postgraduate students are approved
STUDENT BEHAVIOUR Of the 608 students approved a visa in the 2008-2009 period, only four have overstayed their visa and are now unlawfully in New Zealand. Three of the four students had originally been issued with a Limited Purpose Visa.
POSITIVE STUDENT PROFILE THE BASICS = Good academic history. Continuous study pattern. Clear study plan relevant to educational background or work experience and career aspirations. Proven ability in English to be able to successfully attend their chosen course of study in New Zealand. Solid financial support - capable of sustaining long term study plans.
PROCESSING TIMES Processing times will vary depending on the quality of the application and the documents provided to us. Student applications which meet the positive profile should have an approval issued within 10 days. Some applications may take up to 30 days to process.
THE UPCOMING YEAR The new Minister of Immigration is currently reviewing the work rights available to English Language students
WORKING ON A STUDENT VISA The following categories of students can work 20 hours per week and over the holidays: Studying full time for a course that is 2 years duration or will gain points under Skilled Migrant Category for residence. Full time secondary school students in Year 12 or 13 with permission from parents and the school. Studying English for at least 6 months with an existing IELTS of 5.
THE UPCOMING YEAR The Asean Australian New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) was signed in February 2009. Vietnamese Working Holiday Scheme for young people will be introduced in early 2010.
THE UPCOMING YEAR Immigration Advisors (agents) operating within New Zealand, who wanted to submit applications to INZ, had to be licensed from the 4 May 2009. Offshore agents, wanting to submit visa applications to INZ, must be licensed by 4 May 2010. Individuals are licensed, NOT the business or company.
CONTACT DETAILS Immigration New Zealand New Zealand Consulate General Level 9, The Metropolitan 235 Dong Khoi Street District 1, Ho Chi Minh City Telephone: +84 8 827 2745 Facsimile: +84 8 822 6905 Open 8.30 to 11.30 Monday to Friday