Increased Effort in Battle Against Agent Fraud Welcomed

12 Jul 2016

Immigration NZ’s ongoing commitment to combat fraudulent practices by Indian agents overseas is welcomed by Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (WBoPP). With recent figures showing more than half of the 20,000 student visas applied for by Indian students being declined, more needs to be done to identify agents who do not comply with New Zealand’s code of practice.

“Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic continues to work closely with INZ to help improve this situation through information sharing which to date has successfully uncovered fraudulent practice of using fake documentation,” says WBoPP Interim Chief Executive Neil Barns.

“We also have a very robust agent training and approval process and actively work with INZ and our agents aiming to get higher quality applications and identify the agents who are fraudulent. After discussion with INZ we have not appointed any new agents in the high-risk regions of Punjab, Andhra and Pradesh.”

Additional information regarding WBoPP legacy institutions

Waiariki Institute of Technology

  • 48% decline rate. Below the average decline rate of 50.4%
  • Highest approved number of Indian student visas in NZ
  • Decline rate attributed to change in rules for assessment of funds and India-based agents fraudulent practice

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic

  • 50% decline rate. Below the average decline rate of 50.4%
  • 73 approved, 72 declined
  • Decline rate attributed to changes in the rules for the NZQA approved Engineering Pathway programme

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