Recent information has raised alarms about the standard of advice being given by many offshore agents in India who are sending an increasing number of students to New Zealand. By some estimates it appears that up to eight in 10 Indian students here might have been misled by their agents in India.
We highly recommend sharing this link to people back home considering coming to New Zealand to study in the future. We also suggest that anyone considering study in New Zealand contact us to get real advice on their options from qualified immigration advisers.
Many instances where students have been lied to and defrauded by such agents are now being exposed. Lincoln Tan has highlighted this worrying trend in a recent article in the New Zealand Herald (NZs Largest daily paper). View full article here:
Examples of the type of dishonesty identified includes agents telling students they are guaranteed a pathway to residence or that they will get bonus points for studying in a regional area. Both of these are obviously untrue.
June Ranson, chairwoman of the New Zealand Association for Migration and Investment, said unregulated overseas agents were tarnishing New Zealand’s image and reputation.
Most of these agents are not in fact ‘Licensed Immigration Advisers’ however they can use a loophole to be exempt from the requirements by claiming they are only giving education advice.
The problem is that because they lack the knowledge of the Immigration sector and policies in New Zealand, they are unable to make the right decisions even when it comes to advising on student pathways.
How we can help
At Immigration Centre, we are Licensed Immigration Advisers and we specialise in working with our clients to identify targeted and personalised combined study and immigration plans or pathways.
It is very important to choose the correct study pathway from the outset as it is a big factor in the success or failure of your immigration goals.
Contact us to work on a personalised study and immigration pathway to meet your needs.