English for Migrants in New Zealand

What is the purpose of the English for Migrants fund?
To improve the English language skills of migrants who seek permanent residency in NZ. The TEC administers pre-purchased English language funds on behalf of New Zealand Immigration, as part of their residence requirement. Find out more about the English for Migrants fund.

Where can I get help with regard to English for Migrants?
Call English for Migrants team at the TEC Service Centre . We currently have staff who can speak Mandarin and Cantonese. Language Line is also available.

How do I enrol in a English for Migrants course?
After you have selected which course you want to study, please visit the provider and bring along your passport, and the "Agreement and Schedule" that you were given by New Zealand Immigration (a receipt issued by New Zealand Immigration to show you have paid the "Pre-purchased Tuition Fees"). The provider will assist you to enrol in the course you choose.

What if the English for Migrants course costs more than I have paid to the New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS)?
You will need to pay the extra fees yourself.

Do I have to pay extra for any books on an English for Migrants course?
The course directory tells you what your fee covers for each course. Your Training Provider will advise you of any extra costs not included in the fee before you enrol.

Do I have to re-sit an IELTS test after taking up English for Migrants tuition?

Do I have to use all my EFM money on one course?
No. You can do any number of English courses, with any TEC approved provider, until you have used all the money you pre-paid.

I have already migrated to New Zealand. Can I study English on this programme?
Only if you have pre-paid your tuition to New Zealand Immigration under the policy which began on November 30th 1998. If you are unsure about whether you are eligible to study under the English for Migrants scheme, feel free to contact the English for Migrants Team at the TEC Service Centre .

I work during the day - can I do an English for Migrants course in the evening?
Yes, the directories include daytime and evening courses.

I don't like the EFM course, what can I do?
Discuss any problems with the training provider first. If this does not solve the problem, call English for Migrants team at the TEC Service Centre . If you leave a course, you may lose some of your fees.

What is my EFM tuition fee expiry date?
Tuition expires 5 years from the date of payment. The expiry date is not related to your arrival date in New Zealand. For example, If you paid Immigration New Zealand for your English tuition fee on 15 October 2003 but arrived in New Zealand on 12th July 2004, your expiry date will be 15 Oct 2008. If you are unsure about when your tuition expires please contact the English for Migrants team at…

How can I obtain approval to become an English for Migrants provider?
The TEC is not currently seeking additional EFM provision.
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