New Zealand set to launch Apply on Behalf service

16 June, 2015

Immigration New Zealand is set to launch its Apply on Behalf service this week, which will allow study travel agents to lodge online student visa applications for their clients.

A new video produced by Immigration New Zealand to guide agents through the new Apply on Behalf service

Agents outside New Zealand are legally allowed to provide immigration advice to offshore student visa applicants and will need to create an Immigration ONLINE account on the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website to lodge student visa applications on behalf of their clients.

Initially, agents will still need to send student passports to Visa Application Centres (VACs) for processing. Each online application will give instructions on where the passport should be sent. The account will show a summary list of applications and PDF versions of documents submitted.

Students will have the option of completing the visa application themselves or authorising their agent to complete and submit the application for them.

New Zealand education providers and onshore agents will be able to submit applications online on behalf of students already in New Zealand, but by law cannot provide immigration advice.

Later in 2015, Immigration New Zealand plans to launch eVisas, passport-free and label-less visas for student visa applicants from visa waiver countries.

The Apply on Behalf service is available for most full-fee paying international students, although some applications – such as those that must be accompanied by a guardian – cannot be lodged online.

In an information flyer on the new service for agents, Immigration New Zealand said, “INZ values the work of education agents in bringing talented students to study in New Zealand. We want this relationship to continue.” It added, “INZ regards education agents as partners in our business.”

For a transitional period, all current methods of making student visa applications remain open. “But we encourage agents to go online to submit the application form and upload any supporting documents, as this will lead to a more efficient service for all users,” said INZ.

Immigration New Zealand has released a tutorial video on the new service, as well as information sheets for offshore agents, education providers and onshore agents, and students.

Matthew Knott
News Editor


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