How to become an ENZ Recognised Agency

Applications to become part of the ENZ Recognised Agency programme are now closed.

How to apply

Applications to become part of the ENZ Recognised Agency programme are now closed, the next round of applications will open from 1 September 2019.

Any new information regarding ENZRA will be posted here and in our E-News once they have been made official.

Please direct any questions to agenthelp@enz.govt.nz or subscribe to E-News for updates about the review.

Requirements

On a yearly basis, agencies will need to meet three core standards to gain or retain Recognised Agency status.

The three core standards are:

  • meeting a points target and minimum visa approval rate
  • meeting core conduct requirements
  • undertaking training as required.

 POINTS TARGET AND MINIMUM VISA APPROVAL RATE

The points-based earning system aims to give confidence to stakeholders that Recognised Agencies are consistently, and successfully, placing international students with New Zealand education providers.

Points earned vary depending on the course and location of study, and are broadly aligned with the objectives of the International Education Strategy.  Points earnt are as follows:

 

LEVEL OF STUDY  POINTS
Undergraduate Study (Level 7) 10
Primary or Secondary School (Minimum two terms) 10
Post-Graduate (Level 8-10) 10
Foundation / Pathway study 10
   
Graduate Certificate/Diploma (Level 7) 7
Certificate/Diploma (Level 5 or 6) 7
Certificate (Level 2-4) 7
   
Any study (other than Foundation) between three and nine months 6
   
Any study of less than three months 5
   
Agencies can also earn the following additional points:  
   
REGION OF STUDY  
Campus outside of Auckland 3


Points are only awarded the first time a student is approved a student visa and enters New Zealand. You can only earn points for students once, no points are earned for subsequent years of study in New Zealand.

Agencies also need to meet a minimum approval rate for student visa applications they lodge with Immigration New Zealand (INZ), which ensures that Recognised Agencies are confident any prospective student meets all requirements for a student visa when they apply to INZ.

 All agencies must meet the points target and minimum approval rate on an annual basis. The points target and minimum review period for the first annual review period are as follows:

REGION MINIMUM VISA APPROVAL RATE ANNUAL POINTS TARGET
Brazil 91% 120
China 93% 250
Chile 97% 100
Colombia 87% 120
Germany, France, Italy 98% 100
India 75% 300
Indonesia 91% 120
Japan 99% 120
Korea 97% 120
Malaysia 96% 100
Philippines 80% 120
Saudi Arabia 88% 60
Thailand 93% 100
USA 99% 60
Vietnam 80% 120
     
All Other Regions 80% 80

 

CONDUCT REQUIREMENTS

Additionally, all Recognised Agencies must read and agree to follow the Education New Zealand Code of Conduct and Complaints Process. The Code of Conduct is based on the principles of the London Statement to which New Zealand is a signatory and to which Recognised Agencies must affirm their commitment to upholding. Recognised Agencies are contractually obligated not to conduct themselves in any way that is detrimental to ENZ, education providers, or the New Zealand education industry.

 Recognised Agencies should also expect that any complaints made against them will be investigate by ENZ’s complaints committee, with the possibility of the suspension, or removal, of their status as a Recognised Agency by ENZ.

TRAINING

Agents within Recognised Agencies will be requested to undertakes training courses and modules as required in order to maintain their status. This is to ensure agents are providing the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding the New Zealand education industry.

NEW ZEALAND BASED AGENCIES 

Agencies based in New Zealand will also be required to have a permanent Licensed Immigration Adviser within their agency.

BENEFITS TO BECOMING AN ENZRA AGENCY

ENZ Recognised Agencies:

  • have their details listed on www.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz. This is a ‘go to’ place for students expressing an interest in learning more about studying in New Zealand
  • promotion on ENZ’s social media channels
  • will gain exclusive access to MyStudy NZ tools to assist them in promoting New Zealand to prospective students
  • have access to ENZ staff as well as exclusive promotional collateral, training and development opportunities
  • gain extended access to marketing resources in ENZ’s ‘Brand Lab’
  • can use the ‘ENZ Recognised Agency’ logo (currently being re-designed) on their website and other promotional materials
  • may be invited by ENZ to participate in selected events and campaigns.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information, please see the ENZRA FAQs.

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