Covid-19 and Border update
Updated March 2022
Otago Polytechnic acknowledges that the international educational sector has been significantly affected by Covid-19 and that the sector is keen to get international students back to New Zealand as soon as possible.
We welcome the border re-opening plans announced by the New Zealand Government on 3 February 2022: You can find the latest about the border re-opening here.
For international students currently offshore
Student Visa processing Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has suspended visa processing for most individuals who are outside New Zealand, unless they meet the strict border exception criteria or are currently in a COVID-19 quarantine-free travel zone.
Immigration New Zealand will continue to process visas for those who are not subject to the COVID-19 border restrictions, and for those who have been granted a border exception.
Of particular note is the plan to allow up to 5,000 international students into New Zealand in time for a July 2022 commencement of studies. We are currently waiting for further information to understand how many places the Otago Polytechnic will be allocated and the criteria for selection.
International students who have already made applications for 2022
New international students will not be able to enter New Zealand to start studies in February or July 2022.
If you have applied for study in 2022, your application will be deferred to the next available block or semester.
Offers of Place to start studies in February 2022
Some international students may have received Offers of Place to start studies in 2022.
These offers will no longer be valid. These offers shall be deferred to the next available block or semester.
Programme / tuition fee refunds
Some students will have paid their tuition fees on receiving their offer of place.
If the student wishes to obtain a refund of their programme/tuition fees, please email email@example.com who will be able to arrange for a refund. Please indicate ‘Refund’ in the subject line.
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) will be refunding application fees and levies for temporary visa applications that cannot be processed due to New Zealand’s current border restrictions.
Students who applied for a temporary visa from outside New Zealand before 10 August 2020 will have their application lapsed and be refunded.
Students who applied for a temporary visa from outside New Zealand after 10 August 2020, when offshore applications were suspended, will have their application returned and be refunded.
At the time their refund is being processed, INZ will contact the student. They will not contact the student ahead of the refund.
INZ will be in touch with the student via the email address provided in the application.
For applications that were submitted and paid online, the refund will be made to the credit card that paid for the application fee. This may not be the student’s credit card but could be that of the agent or advisor. It is then the agent or advisors’ job to refund the student.
Lapsing and refunding of the student’s application will have no impact on the ability of the student to apply for a visa in the future when the border restriction lifts.
A selection of programmes that would normally only be delivered on-campus face to face is now available online.
You do not require a visa to commence studies online.
Study Abroad & Exchange programme - Inbound
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has suspended visa processing for most individuals who are outside New Zealand, unless they meet the strict border exception criteria or are currently in a COVID-19 quarantine-free travel zone.
A decision has been made to cancel the Semester 2, 2022 Study Abroad and Exchange Programme that would have started in July 2022. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org