Presentation on theme: "Student Visa Processing Ho Chi Minh City Branch"— Presentation transcript:
1Student Visa Processing Ho Chi Minh City Branch June 2009
2Julie Smart Visa Officer The Team at HCMCWendy Greaves Immigration ManagerGreg Henderson Visa OfficerTu Anh Huynh Visa OfficerJulie Smart Visa Officer
3Today’s Programme PART ONE - Changes during the past year Statistics and trendsThe year coming upPART TWO -Practical training session for Agents on compiling a good student application
4MANAGEMENT CHANGEUntil 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.
8PROCESSING STATISTICS In there were 733 Student Visa applications decided at Ho Chi Minh BranchOf these applications:522 were approved (71%), plus86 were approved utilising a Limited Purpose Visa (12%)84 were declined (11%)41 were withdrawn by the student prior to a decision (5%)
9DECLINED APPLICATIONS Of the 84 declined applications in , the majority were declined because:We could not be satisfied that they were a genuine student. (Did not meet positive student profile).Evidence of funds could not be verified and/or there was no evidence of an ongoing income.
10DECLINED APPLICATIONS 3.8% student applications were declined inThis increased to 11.4% inPossibly reflecting -8% increase in applications from areas of ‘higher risk’
11APPROVAL RATES 2009 76% of English Language students are approved 98% of High School students are approved97% of Undergraduate students are approved100% of Postgraduate students are approved
12STUDENT BEHAVIOUROf the 608 students approved a visa in the 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.
13POSITIVE 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.
14PROCESSING TIMESProcessing 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.
15THE UPCOMING YEAR The new Minister of Immigration is currently reviewing the“work rights” available toEnglish Languagestudents
16WORKING 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.
17The Asean Australian New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) THE UPCOMING YEARThe Asean Australian New ZealandFree Trade Agreement (AANZFTA)was signed in February 2009.Vietnamese Working Holiday Scheme for young people will be introduced in early 2010.
18THE UPCOMING YEARImmigration 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.