The offshore visa application suspension has been extended

The inability of most people offshore to apply for a visa (unless a border exception applies or they are in a quarantine-free travel zone) has been extended. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is not currently processing visas for most individuals who are offshore unless they meet the strict border exception criteria or are currently in a COVID-19 quarantine-free travel zone. This is because legally INZ is unable to grant visas to individuals who are unlikely to meet entry requirements. From 10 August 2020, the Government suspended the ability for most people offshore to apply for temporary entry class visas (including visitor, work, student, and limited visas). The most recent extension of the suspension was due to expire on 7 May 2021. The Government has made the decision to extend the suspension for a further three months until 6 August 2021.

Feedback on online learning

Over the past few weeks we have had feedback from students studying online offshore. It’s been pretty inspiring to hear the ways that all of our staff are making a difference for these students. This particular feedback sums up the many responses we have received (and shared with the individuals) the sentiment well…  She is very supportive towards all her students. We have been treated as equals. And she is really supportive during Online teaching. She has put the time zone difference in to consideration very well. Replying to emails on time. Sacrificing her own time for students who aren’t able to attend the lectures in person. Explaining the exams and essay structures clearly to us. Really good at control the lecture times. Reasonable workload for students. Over all, I am grateful to be one of her student during my time in University of Canterbury.

1,000 Exception Cohort update

We were excited on the weekend to welcome back UC’s first student of the “1,000” returning students (there are currently 16 students in total who have made it back into the country from this cohort).  The bulk of our allocated 82 returners will be back in time for a Semester 2 start. The International Relationships Office and the International Deans are working together to ensure a smooth transition back to campus for them (including support during MIQ, transition activities, special accommodation offers and a welcome back function once everyone in this cohort has returned). If you have any queries about these students please contact the IRO.