ISEA welcomes new support partner Education Tauranga

ISEA is pleased to announce Education Tauranga as a new support partner.

Education Tauranga is a group of educational institutions who offer high quality education and care to the international students who study and live in the Tauranga region.  Education Tauranga is made up of a large number of institutions at all levels of education – from primary schools to high Schools, to public tertiary institutions and private training establishments who are all based throughout Tauranga city and the accompanying centres of Waihi, Whakatane, Te Puke and Katikati.

ISEA welcome our first regional support partner Study Queenstown

ISEA are pleased to announce Study Queenstown as a new support partner. Study Queenstown promotes study opportunities in the Queenstown Lakes District and works with members across the English Language Sector, Schools Sector and Tertiary Education Sector. Queenstown is New Zealand’s premium destination for education, offering world class educational opportunities through a range of education providers, international connectivity and a unique student experience.


Immigration New Zealand will suspend overseas visa applications for three months

Immigration New Zealand announced on 31st July that they will suspend most types of temporary visas applications from offshore applicant within the next three months.

Due to the border closures, Immigration New Zealand have not been processing any offshore visa applications except for the applicants who have met the restrict exemption criteria. However, over the past few months, many offshore visa applicants continued to lodge visa applications expecting their applications to be processed.

According to the announcement, only a small group of offshore temporary visa applications are not affected

  • relationship-based visas for partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents
  • visas for diplomatic, consular and official staff and accompanying dependants
  • Antarctic Traveller Visitor visas and Antarctic Work visas
  • Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Limited visas.

Offshore student visa, general visitor visa and most work visa applications will not be processed until further announcement.

Those who have already submitted a temporary visa application but are living offshore, are encouraged to withdraw their application and request a refund.

Click on the link to find out how you will get a refund for your visa application fee.

$51.6 million allocated to support the New Zealand international education sector

The Minister of Education announced on 27 July that the government will invest $51.6 million to help stabilise New Zealand’s international education sector through its long-term recovery plan.

  • $20 million will be allocated to state and state-integrated schools to keep international specialists employed in teaching and providing pastoral care to international students
  • $10 million will be allocated to Private Training Establishments (PTEs) including English language schools
  • $10 million will be spent to develop new future-focused products and services, including allowing students to study from their home country
  • $6.6 million will be spent on pastoral care and other activities for international students
  • $3 million will be allocated for market activities to keep promoting New Zealand’s education brand, etc
  • $1.5 million will be allocated to English language schools to deliver English language training to migrants
  • $500K will be allocated to ensure the quality of New Zealand education being delivered offshore and to strengthen the quality assurance process.

Some further highlights of the Minister’s announcement include:

  • Universities will not be allocated funds since they are financially doing well.
  • Education providers should not expect to bring in students from overseas this year.
  • The Government will be looking at bringing in low-risk cohorts of students first.
  • International students, if they do come to New Zealand, will be responsible for the costs of their isolation/quarantine period.

Education New Zealand will administer the proposed funds for marketing and brand protection activities and development of new future-focused products and services, etc. Criteria for allocation of funding for PTEs and English language schools will be jointly managed by Ministry of Education and Tertiary Education Commission (TEC).