本帖由 aily 於 2011-04-10 發佈。版面名稱：紐西蘭留學討論區
Uni in the gun for letting overstayer complete degree
By Lincoln Tan
5:30 AM Wednesday Mar 30, 2011
New Zealand is investigating AUT University for enrolling an overstayer as an international student, accepting payment from her and letting her complete her studies while she was in the country illegally.
Chinese student Mengna Wang paid about $40,000 in fees over the two years she took to gain her bachelor of business in accounting.
But AUT has told her she cannot graduate because she did not have a student permit.
The acting head of Immigration NZ, Steven Dunstan, said it was an offence "to educate someone who does not have the authority to study".
"We have taken up with AUT the circumstances of Miss Wang's study there."
He said education providers were responsible for ensuring prospective students held authority to study before allowing them to do courses.
AUT's director of corporate affairs, Tiffany White, said it was the student's responsibility to obtain a student visa.
She said the university had a procedure to confirm students had the right visas, and it had been updated this year "to align with new, tougher provisions in the Immigration Act".
Miss Wang was able to complete her course at AUT without holding a visa to be in New Zealand.
Ms White said that because of the privacy law, universities could not make immigration status checks on students before offering them a place.
Immigration New Zealand said Miss Wang was not granted further student permits after her first one expired in December 2007 because it was not satisfied she was a genuine student.
Miss Wang came to Auckland in 2007 to study English at the New Zealand Academy of Studies, but was cut from the course because of her poor attendance.
Immigration said it had also found out that a medical certificate explaining her absence had been forged.
But even without a student permit, Miss Wang enrolled at ICL Business School and completed a diploma of business administration course.
Immigration said it will also be speaking to the school about Miss Wang's study there.
Using cross credits from her diploma, Miss Wang got her place in AUT in July, 2009.
Miss Wang said AUT knew all along she did not have a student permit.
"It's so unfair and crazy because I have studied hard and did what I have to do to pass the course," the 23-year-old said.
"I have worked hard for my bachelor of business, and I just want my degree so I can go back to China."
Her appeal to Associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson to intervene last month was declined.
Miss Wang said an ex-boyfriend gave the fake medical certificates to the school without her knowledge.
But Ms Wilkinson said that even if she granted Miss Wang a student permit, she would still be unable to get her degree.
"AUT has advised that Miss Wang could not receive her parchment or official academic transcript unless she held a student visa that covered the whole length of study," the minister said in a letter to Miss Wang's immigration agent.
Immigration New Zealand says Miss Wang has been told she may be liable for deportation.
By Lincoln Tan
是因為這位學生 病假（蹺課）太多 所以簽證被取消
這事情有點扯, 澳洲大學得確定留學生有交學費才給 eCOE, 學生才可以申請簽證, 才可以入境澳洲
但是紐西蘭不是這樣嗎? (我跟 Colin 大想法有點接近), 簽證被取消, 移民局就會知道誰違法居留
我覺得學校是把責任推給學生, 移民局又把責任推給學校, 但我想那女孩子應該知道自己簽證情形吧?
不知道她中間有無回去中國? 應該是沒有出境紐西蘭吧, 因為一旦出境, 無有效簽證入境, 不管是哪國移民局都會攔下來吧
但我也很好奇到底有多用功? 每科都拿 85 分以上嗎?
Immigration group slams overstayer ruling
By Lincoln Tan
5:30 AM Friday Apr 1, 2011
Immigration New Zealand's action in deporting foreign students without permits while simply issuing warnings to schools that break immigration laws is unfair, says the watchdog group Kiwi Immigration Watch.
The department has issued warnings to 20 education providers that have not complied with immigration law in the seven months ending January, and is investigating AUT university and the ICL Business School for enrolling a 23-year-old Chinese student while she was in New Zealand illegally.
But it is starting deportation action against Mengna Wang which could involve her being arrested, held in custody and removed from New Zealand as early as next week.
"Students are being deported and face the full force of the law, but schools guilty of breaching immigration law are just being issued letters. It's ludicrous, just absolutely ludicrous," said Allan Hughes, spokesman for Kiwi Immigration Watch.
"This will just encourage more schools, those that are in the business just for the money, to carry on breaking the law when they know all that they'll be getting from the department is a slap on the wrist."
Mr Hughes, a former Immigration New Zealand compliance officer, says having 20 schools break immigration law in just over six months shows the practice is widespread.
He said the department was being "unfair" in targeting students, while education providers were not "equally punished".
Immigration New Zealand is refusing to comment.
"We have responded to numerous questions on this matter from the New Zealand Herald and have no further comment," said the acting head of Immigration New Zealand, Stephen Dunstan, yesterday.
Under the Immigration Act, education providers are legally obliged to ensure that only students who have lawful authority to study are permitted to enrol.
The Code of Practice also stipulates that the provider must retain a copy of the student visa, which it must sight before a student begins study.
Despite the fact that Miss Wang had not held any visa to remain lawfully in New Zealand since December 2007, ICL Business School and AUT enrolled her as a student and allowed her to complete diploma and degree courses.
AUT, which received about $40,000 in fees from Miss Wang, said it had acted "in good faith" based on her assurances her visa was pending, but is now telling her she cannot get her degree because she did not have a permit.
Miss Wang said she was willing to return to China, but wanted to leave New Zealand with her bachelor's degree in business in accounting.
"I have worked hard to pass every single paper I took at AUT, and I don't think it's fair that they withhold my degree solely on the basis of my immigration status."
By Lincoln Tan
This case is quite interesting...since the uni is also at fault, I wonder if it's possible that the uni changes the study mode to offshore, which will allow this Chinese student to complete her course and receive the bachelor degree she longs for.