Risk management systems to be introduced at Immigration
Immigration New Zealand has said that it will be introducing new systems to help with risk governance after it was discovered that 300 student visas had been approved even though some of the documents included in the applications were fraudulent.
A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that the immigration department had poor communication between departments. Among the recommendations being made are the introduction of a risk management body and better reporting across branches. The report said that there were variations in processes that were not overseen by an overall governing body.
According to the report 150 of the 245 students who entered New Zealand illegally are still in the country. Catriona McKay, executive director of Immigration, said some of the recommendations had already been implemented and that she understood that there is a need for better risk management.
In 2012 working visas were granted to 138,218 foreign nationals and education visas were granted to 68,980 foreign students. Since January 14 students attempting to enter New Zealand from China have had their visas cancelled at the airport.
According to watchdog Kiwi Immigration Watch the blame lies with Immigration. Spokesman Allan Hughes said it was unfair to deny entry to those who had already been issued with a visa because of a systems error.
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