Of the 245 Chinese students who entered New Zealand on the fraudulently obtained visas, more than 150 are still in the country unlawfully. Photo / ThinkstockBy Lincoln Tan. Big changes recommended after audit following Beijing fraud turns up anomalies. A report has found Immigration New Zealand to be lacking in risk management governance after a lapse last year that led to 300 student visa applications with fraudulent documents being approved.
The audit, commissioned when the fraud was discovered at the department's Beijing branch, found the agency to be without a single governance body with oversight of its risk management framework and that risk processes were being implemented differently at various branches.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers study - released to the Herald under the Official Information Act - which looked at systems, structures and governance arrangements across Immigration NZ also found poor communication between divisions. Read more...