Offshore student visa decision data

This student visa decision data is used by education providers to determine what evidence of English language proficiency international students need to provide when they enrol.

The following data relates to fee paying and scholarship student visa applicants who were outside New Zealand when they applied, and their visa application was decided and completed during the 2017 calendar year (unless otherwise indicated by a *).

Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules

Rule 18 of the New Zealand Qualification Authority’s NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules specifies what evidence of English language proficiency education providers may accept from potential students.

Students who hold a passport from a country with a student visa decline rate of more than 20% have fewer options for showing how they meet the English language requirements for their course.

Changes to Rule 18

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is currently considering changes to Rule 18. As the student visa decline rates will not be updated during this review process you should continue to use the 2017 decline rates for the purpose of meeting Rule 18.

Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules

Offshore student visa application decisions for 2017

Published on 24 January 2018

Applicant nationality Number approved Number declined DECLINE RATE
Afghanistan 0 9 100%
Albania 1 1 50%
Algeria 1 8 89%
Andorra 2 0 0%
Angola 0 1 100%
Argentina 237 16 6%
Armenia 1 1 50%
Austria 114 2 2%
Azerbaijan 3 0 0%
Bahamas* 2* 0* 0%*
Bahrain 2 3 60%
Bangladesh 77 164 68%
Barbados 4 0 0%
Belarus 8 0 0%
Belgium 34 0 0%
Belize 3 0 0%
Bhutan 7 1 13%
Bolivia 18 4 18%
Bosnia & Herzegovina 0 1 100%
Botswana 1 0 0%
Brazil 1510 150 9%
Brunei Darussalam 16 2 11%
Bulgaria 3 1 25%
Burundi 0 1 100%
Cambodia 176 35 17%
Cameroon 2 6 75%
Canada 260 7 3%
Chad 0 2 100%
Chile 522 18 3%
China 7327 542 7%
Colombia 931 145 13%
Costa Rica 3 1 25%
Croatia 1 0 0%
Cuba 5 5 50%
Cyprus 1 0 0%
Czech Republic 50 0 0%
Democratic Republic of Congo 0 2 100%
Denmark 130 1 1%
Djibouti* 0* 1* 100%*
Dominica 1 0 0%
Dominican Republic 2 1 33%
Ecuador 36 17 32%
Egypt 20 30 60%
El Salvador 1 2 67%
Eritrea 1 2 67%
Estonia 5 0 0%
Ethiopia 3 3 50%
Federated States of Micronesia 4 0 0%
Fiji 301 57 16%
Finland 28 0 0%
France 379 3 1%
Georgia 2 1 33%
Germany 1324 6 0%
Ghana 10 17 63%
Great Britain 444 3 1%
Greece 3 0 0%
Grenada 1 0 0%
Guatemala 4 1 20%
Guinea 0 2 100%
Guyana 3 0 0%
Haiti 1 0 0%
Honduras 3 1 25%
Hong Kong 473 12 2%
Hungary 20 0 0%
Iceland 8 0 0%
India 6425 3004 32%
Indonesia 462 48 9%
Iran 107 60 36%
Iraq 5 14 74%
Ireland 30 1 3%
Israel 8 3 27%
Italy 265 4 1%
Jamaica 6 1 14%
Japan 2215 14 1%
Jordan 11 18 62%
Kazakhstan 50 8 14%
Kenya 29 18 38%
Kiribati 24 7 23%
Kosovo* 1* 0* 0%*
Kuwait 9 1 10%
Kyrgyzstan 4 10 71%
Laos 70 2 3%
Latvia 2 0 0%
Lebanon 7 2 22%
Lesotho 1 0 0%
Liberia* 1* 0* 0%*
Libya 1 1 50%
Liechtenstein 2 0 0%
Lithuania 3 0 0%
Luxembourg 2 0 0%
Macau 45 0 0%
Macedonia 4 0 0%
Madagascar 1 0 0%
Malawi 1 3 75%
Malaysia 668 29 4%
Maldives 14 2 13%
Malta 1 0 0%
Marshall Islands 1 1 50%
Mauritania* 0* 1* 100%*
Mauritius 26 6 19%
Mexico 174 9 5%
Moldova 3 0 0%
Mongolia 23 23 50%
Morocco 5 3 38%
Mozambique 1 0 0%
Myanmar 65 4 6%
Namibia 2 3 60%
Nauru 6 2 25%
Nepal 344 368 52%
Netherlands 128 1 1%
Nigeria 36 56 61%
Norway 175 2 1%
Oman 78 3 4%
Pakistan 120 64 35%
Palau 1 0 0%
Palestine 5 15 75%
Panama 3 0 0%
Papua New Guinea 121 11 8%
Paraguay 15 0 0%
Peru 44 13 23%
Philippines 1148 397 26%
Poland 22 3 12%
Portugal 11 0 0%
Qatar 1 0 0%
Romania 5 0 0%
Russia 352 73 17%
Rwanda 1 4 80%
Samoa 77 2 3%
Saudi Arabia 236 32 12%
Senegal* 1* 0* 0%*
Serbia 3 1 25%
Seychelles 1 0 0%
Sierra Leone 0 2 100%
Singapore 209 7 3%
Slovakia 21 0 0%
Slovenia 4 0 0%
Solomon Islands 48 4 8%
Somalia 0 1 100%
South Africa 56 13 19%
South Korea 1548 43 3%
Spain 151 2 1%
Sri Lanka 552 257 32%
St Lucia 4 0 0%
St Vincent and the Grenadines 3 0 0%
Sudan 4 6 60%
Suriname 1 0 0%
Swaziland 1 0 0%
Sweden 109 2 2%
Switzerland 212 8 4%
Syria 0 8 100%
Taiwan 272 23 8%
Tajikistan 0 1 100%
Tanzania 4 0 0%
Thailand 1578 112 7%
Timor-Leste 24 1 4%
Tonga 130 2 2%
Trinidad and Tobago 5 1 17%
Tunisia 2 0 0%
Turkmenistan 1 2 67%
Turkey 11 42 79%
Tuvalu 32 2 6%
Uganda 3 1 25%
Ukraine 20 12 38%
United Arab Emirates 3 0 0%
United States of America 2507 36 1%
Uruguay 35 4 10%
Uzbekistan 7 14 67%
Vanuatu 56 3 5%
Venezuela 12 17 59%
Vietnam 960 296 24%
Yemen 3 19 86%
Zambia 4 6 60%
Zimbabwe 21 13 38%

* Indicates where INZ did not decide any student visa applications for an individual from this country in 2017. The application data and decline rate recorded for this country relates to the most recent calendar year in which a student visa application was completed.

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