11 April 2018

INZ student visa processing update

Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) Palmerston North Area Office (PNAO) is coming out of the peak processing period for onshore student visa applications, with the last of the March visa applications still to be processed.

Immigration New Zealand’s (INZ) Palmerston North Area Office (PNAO) is coming out of the peak processing period for onshore student visa applications, with the last of the March visa applications still to be processed.

The standard processing timeframe for a student visa application is 20 working days for an online application, and 25 working days for a paper-based application.

Kimberley Polata, PNAO Head of Operations, said her team is working on applications received within the last 20 days and is committed to clearing these applications by the end of April.

Progress has already been made towards this, with PNAO sending out nearly 1,800 visa decisions in the last week alone, she said

“There are approximately 1,100 visa applications where further documentation or information has been requested from the student, and this is required in order to compete the application.”

Ms Polata asks that education providers check in with their students who are still waiting for their visa decision and ask them to check their email and online applications for communication from INZ.

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