22 June 2022 at 9:30 am

Cohort 4 students arriving

With normal student visa processing resuming from 31 July 2022, the border exception class to bring up to 5,000 international students to New Zealand is now in its final stages. The first students have begun to arrive in New Zealand to undertake their study.

Andy Walker, Business Development Manager at Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao, says the nomination process for Cohort 4 has now closed. 

“We recently made a final reallocation of unused places to providers from across the sector, who had demonstrated they have travel-ready students.  

“Students whose nominations have been confirmed are encouraged to submit their Request for Travel application to Immigration New Zealand as soon as possible. Immigration New Zealand have advised that as at 21 June, 4,709 RFTs had been approved and 1,862 student visa applications granted. 

“We’ve worked very closely with the Ministry of Education and collaborated with Immigration New Zealand throughout this process. We have particularly valued the partnership with education providers across the sector to successfully implement the cohort,” Andy says. 

“I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to bring back these international students sooner than would otherwise have been possible. International students bring a wealth of social, cultural and economic benefits, and we’re all looking forward to welcoming them back to New Zealand.”

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