New Zealand reveals updated rejection rates which can influence English requirements for 2018

Last Updated on December 11, 2018 by West Highlander Team

New Zealand Immigration has revealed the new visa acceptance data which will help aspirants to know the English proficiency requirements for a student visa in 2018. As per the rules established in 2015, INZ has public an annual summary of visa rejection rates for candidates across the globe. The recent data released by the INZ on this January 2018 is providing an interesting window into visa processing in New Zealand. The importance of this data is that it communicates directly to the kind of evidence of English language proficiency which can be accepted from capable students by education providers.

In brief, candidates from those countries where the visa refusal rate is 20% or more have few options to show English proficiency and they will have to require a standardized English test score like TOFEL or IELTS

The condition for students applying for their choice of programs except language studies and the complete requirements are mentioned in detail in Rule 18 of the New Zealand Qualification Authority’ Program Approval and Accreditation Rules. This rule comprises particular test benchmarks for numerous levels of study in New Zealand.

Check out which country is into the club of 20%

The data stating that some of the world’s major growth markets for student recruitment have rejection rate which exceeded the 20% threshold in 2017. The countries which came into the category are Bangladesh with 68% rejection rate, India 32%, Iran (36%), Pakistan (35%), Philippines (26%), Nepal (52%), Nigeria (61%), Sri Lanka (32%), Turkey (79%), and Vietnam (24%).

Undoubtedly, in the group, India is the highest-volume-sender with the largest market, however, it is noted that the volume of visa application from India has been dropped significantly in last year. Around 95000 applications from Indian students had been received by New Zealand previous year which is quite low 16500 than 2016. And in 2015 around 26000 visa applications from Indian students have been received. Interestingly, the rejection rate 32% is quite low if compared to 2015 and 2016. There was a time when the rejection rate was 51% to 54%.

Addressing to media persons in New Zealand, INZ spokesperson Marc Piercey said student visa approval rates for India had traditionally been lower than elsewhere due to market complications and a high incidence of fraud.

”The lower number of applications and higher approval rates in the past few months indicates that the overall quality of applicants has increased and the majority of providers are heeding advice about the need for higher quality applications.” Said, Marc Piercey

The latest INZ data is that the ministry is going to publish a performance data for education agencies in Vietnam and the Philippines to come with same reports which have been available for India since 2016.

These reports provide details of 2017 visa acceptance rates for student files managed by 196 agencies in India, 27 in Vietnam and 22 in the Philippines.