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Drop in New Zealand Visa grant to Indian students

Published On: 20 Feb 2017 | Last Updated On: 20 Feb 2017

According to 2016 reports of Immigration New Zealand (INZ), the country has refuse visa applications of Indian students. Out of the total number of foreign students applying for a visa to study higher studies in New Zealand, the rejection of Visas faced by Indian students have witnessed a fall of 20 %.

As per the data, the number of Visa applications received in 2015 was around 61,500 which have gone down approximately to 50,200 in 2016 which marks a decrease of almost 11,000 applications. Only 37,600 Visas were permitted in 2016 observing a slump down of 5,700 from 2015.

India managed a momentous development in 2015 but reckoned for huge losses in 2016 with 9,500 lesser applications and 5,200 fewer visas were granted as compared to last year. In 2016, out of the total applications of 16,380, only 7,562 Visas were granted.

A Representative of Education New Zealand (ENZ) and INZ stated that the fall in the approval of Indian Visa applications in 2016 depicts several responsible factors like the amendment of Rule 18, according to which English has been made a mandatory language for all the foreign students, and detailed inquiry of student Visa applications by INZ.

Earlier Rule 18 permitted students to get hold of a Visa by providing particulars of learning in English rather than a prescribed test such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

ENZ and INZ mentioned that despite the fact that applications and grants have reduced in number as compared to the last three years but the total number of student Visas have sustained to increase with anticipation and the records represent a variation.

In 2015, the applications outpoured because of the change in Rule 18 by October 2015 which resulted in a pull in the number of applications as instead of applying in the beginning of 2016, students applied before the improvement in Rule 18. 

The second largest fall after India in the number of Visa applications was seen by Philippines. The country was also hit by the modifications in the Rule 18. As the statistics reveals, out of the 1,300 lesser applications as compared to the last year, around 1,100 lesser Visas have been granted. The total number of applications received by the INZ from Philippines in 2016 was around 1,677, out of which 1,204 applications were awarded Visas.

Even after overlooking the number of applications from both India and Philippines from the total figure, the development was weak all the way through 2016 with an increase of merely 591 Visa approvals. The permission rates for both the countries sustained to fall regardless of the actions to prevent it. Nevertheless, the rates enhanced from 70% to 75% on the whole.

Rachel Honeycombe, Board Member of Private Training Establishment Peak Body,Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ), reported that their team is attentive to the approaching circumstances and has taken preventive measures to make sure that the major jump down from India does not affect overall student numbers to a greater extent.

The ITENZ team is working on expanding to fresh and budding markets and is also functioning strongly with INZ Mumbai to make sure that the interactions and approaches are ready to work for enrolling Indian students.

According to Chris Whelan, Executive Director of Universities New Zealand, universities have not seen noteworthy cutback in the number of Visas approved to Indian students. He claimed that about 83% of Indian students are presently studying at postgraduate level at New Zealand universities.

He said that Indian students are fascinated with the country because of the excellence in education the universities provide and it does not seem to change so he anticipates that the numbers of Indian students at New Zealand universities will keep on rising.

At the same time he said that there is prospect for growth because like universities other sectors were also conscious of being too dependent on China and India as a supply of foreign students.

He believes that transformation is required not only for the profit of international education as a business, but also for the students to build up global associations and to be convinced of being effective across the ethnicity.

English New Zealand Executive Director Kim Renner said that they have not witnessed declines in the total number of students looking for an English Language Training (ELT) provider. She said that the quality of applicants is a major factor. Though some of the sectors have seen declines and ELT market is not one of them.

Many ELT students visit other countries either on visitor Visas for short term education or working holiday Visas rather than a student Visa.

ENZ at present is working on a new international education policy to see the country’s business continue to expand and remain prolonged. The policy will be proposed by this year.

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