As we all know, many students come to New Zealand, mainly from India and China, to study at what are often low quality private educational institutions. The Government now admits many of these foreign students, who most commonly get “business” diplomas, are automatically eligible for permanent residency as “skilled” migrants.
Advice prepared for Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse warned of a blowout in overall immigration numbers through a rapid increase in ex-students who were gaining automatic residency as skilled migrants. Former international students made up 27 per cent of all skilled migrants in 2006 but this had risen to 43 per cent in 2015 and was likely to reach 48 per cent by 2020.
The increase in former international students in low-grade jobs forced the Government to tighten immigration rules last year, official papers show. The tightening was microscopic.
Most ex-students were automatically eligible for residency as skilled migrants. Even a former student with a Level 5 qualification (the lowest level) would get the required 140 points (for immigration) if he or she had stayed on a post-study work visa, had a job offer and was under 30.
Do you REALLY want to fill up our precious, spacious, beautiful country with poorly educated people from another culture, so we can get some tuition fees?
Is this the BEST that New Zealand can do with its economy and culture? Read more here: Students become permanent migrants