10 Aug 2010

Student visa application backlog cleared

2:07 pm on 10 August 2010

Immigration New Zealand says it has cleared a backlog of thousands of student visa applications after the Minister told it to clean up its act.

At the start of July, 5500 applications were pending, which the department says had built up after two peak application periods and some bad planning.

It says some people waited up to three months to have their applications processed.

The Immigration Minister ordered the backlog be processed by the end of July.

Immigration New Zealand chief executive Nigel Bickle says only 200 visa applications remain to be cleared.

Mr Bickle says the Immigration New Zealand has told the Minister it will come up with a plan by September to make the system more efficient.