Persons who own New Zealand’s visitor visas are eligible to study for an extra three months, up to 6 months within a year, the Immigration New Zealand Agency has announced.
According to the Ministry of Immigration, the decision includes both school-age children and adults who are learning short courses at tertiary education providers, VisaGuide.World reports.
School-age children with a visitor visa valid on September 11, 2020, can now study in term 1 of a calendar year, even if they studied in period 4 of the previous year. If they meet the definition of a domestic student as defined by the Ministry of Education, they will not need to pay international fees,” Immigration New Zealand announced through a recent notice published in its official website.
Persons who hold a visitor visa and wish to study for longer than six months will be required to file an application for a student visa or a variation of conditions for the current permit.
However, the agency announced that persons who have received visitor visas after September 11 are not included in the latest decision.
Earlier this week the New Zealand Government announced various immigration policy changes in labour shortages, horticulture and viticulture.
According to INZ, New Zealand has nearly 11,000 working holiday visa holders who will receive the Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE), if they will be expiring between November 1, 2020, and March 31 2021.
The Minister of Immigration, Kris Faafoi, said the move to grant automatic visa extensions was undertaken to support the country’s horticulture and wine sectors.
“These sectors are among a range of industries performing critical roles in supporting New Zealand’s Covid-19 economic recovery and generating strong export earnings. It’s important we support them to keep going, while ensuring that, where there are job opportunities, New Zealanders are given a fair chance at filling them,” stressed Faafoi.
Earlier this month, New Zealand’s government announced that it is seeking to reunite Trans-Tasman couples, who are currently separated due to Coronavirus restrictions, through new changes at visa and border controls, that will be applied from early October.