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 is for fee paying and scholarship student visa applicants who were outside New Zealand at the time of applying, and whose visa application was decided during the 2016 calendar year (unless otherwise indicated by a *).

Offshore student visa application decisions for 2016

Published on 24 January 2017

Important note: The last column has been changed to decline rate percentages.

Nationality Number approved Number declined DECLINE RATE %

Afghanistan

3

9

75%

Albania

1

4

80%

Algeria

3

0

0%

Andorra

2

0

0%

Argentina

177

13

7%

Armenia

0

1

100%

Austria

133

1

1%

Azerbaijan*

0*

2*

100%

Bahamas*

2*

0*

0%

Bahrain

0

1

100%

Bangladesh

124

418

77%

Barbados

2

1

33%

Belarus

14

6

30%

Belgium

47

0

0%

Belize

1

0

0%

Bhutan

4

3

43%

Bolivia

30

0

0%

Bosnia & Herzegovina

1

0

0%

Botswana

5

1

17%

Brazil

1349

63

4%

Brunei Darussalam

13

2

13%

Bulgaria

4

0

0%

Cambodia

155

31

17%

Cameroon

0

3

100%

Canada

223

1

0%

Chad

0

1

100%

Chile

394

18

4%

China

8194

649

7%

Colombia

753

45

6%

Costa Rica

4

0

0%

Croatia

1

0

0%

Cuba

2

0

0%

Cyprus

2

0

0%

Czech Republic

32

2

6%

Democratic Republic of Congo

1

1

50%

Denmark

164

1

1%

Djibouti

0

1

100%

Dominica

3

0

0%

Dominican Republic*

2*

0*

0%

Ecuador

22

2

8%

Egypt

21

32

60%

El Salvador

5

0

0%

Eritrea*

0*

1*

100%

Estonia

1

0

0%

Ethiopia

4

1

20%

Federated States of Micronesia

1

0

0%

Fiji

274

26

9%

Finland

46

1

2%

France

347

5

1%

Gambia

0

1

100%

Georgia

1

0

0%

Germany

1603

10

1%

Ghana

30

27

47%

Great Britain

374

4

1%

Greece

7

0

0%

Guatemala

4

0

0%

Guinea

0

1

100%

Guyana

3

0

0%

Honduras

2

0

0%

Hong Kong

432

5

1%

Hungary

12

0

0%

Iceland

10

0

0%

India

7562

8818

54%

Indonesia

516

35

6%

Iran

157

53

25%

Iraq

7

16

70%

Ireland

14

0

0%

Israel

14

9

39%

Italy

184

4

2%

Jamaica

5

0

0%

Japan

2295

21

1%

Jordan

16

17

52%

Kazakhstan

47

14

23%

Kenya

48

7

13%

Kiribati

31

0

0%

Kosovo*

1*

0*

0%

Kuwait

15

4

21%

Kyrgyzstan

3

4

57%

Laos

69

1

1%

Latvia*

5*

0*

0%

Lebanon

4

8

67%

Liberia

1

0

0%

Libya

0

6

100%

Liechtenstein

3

0

0%

Lithuania

4

0

0%

Luxembourg

2

0

0%

Macau

37

2

5%

Macedonia

2

1

33%

Malawi

1

0

0%

Malaysia

646

10

2%

Maldives

12

8

40%

Malta

1

0

0%

Marshall Islands

1

1

50%

Mauritania*

0*

1*

100%

Mauritius

27

2

7%

Mexico

116

4

3%

Moldova*

1*

1*

50%

Mongolia

6

1

14%

Morocco

4

5

56%

Mozambique*

1*

0*

0%

Myanmar

61

3

5%

Namibia

1

1

50%

Nauru

5

0

0%

Nepal

317

511

62%

Netherlands

116

2

2%

Nigeria

37

63

63%

Norway

138

3

2%

Oman

102

2

2%

Pakistan

127

111

47%

Palau*

2*

1*

33%

Palestine

3

9

75%

Panama

1

0

0%

Papua New Guinea

128

14

10%

Paraguay

18

2

10%

Peru

20

6

23%

Philippines

1204

473

28%

Poland

15

0

0%

Portugal

16

0

0%

Qatar*

1*

0*

0%

Romania

5

1

17%

Russia

305

70

19%

Rwanda

1

0

0%

Samoa

107

4

4%

Saudi Arabia

227

24

10%

Senegal*

1*

0*

0%

Serbia

7

2

22%

Seychelles

3

0

0%

Sierra Leone*

2*

0*

0%

Singapore

171

2

1%

Slovakia

17

0

0%

Slovenia*

1*

0*

0%

Solomon Islands

58

2

3%

Somalia

0

3

100%

South Africa

56

2

3%

South Korea

1573

38

2%

Spain

156

4

3%

Sri Lanka

435

323

43%

St Lucia*

1*

0*

0%

St Vincent and the Grenadines*

1*

0*

0%

Sudan

2

6

75%

Swaziland

1

0

0%

Sweden

121

1

1%

Switzerland

239

11

4%

Syria

5

10

67%

Taiwan

302

9

3%

Tajikistan

1

2

67%

Tanzania

4

4

50%

Thailand

1528

58

4%

Timor Leste

36

0

0%

Tonga

147

4

3%

Trinidad and Tobago*

2*

0*

0%

Tunisia

1

2

67%

Turkmenistan

1

3

75%

Turkey

7

33

82.5%

Tuvalu

24

3

11%

Uganda

2

1

33%

Ukraine

18

23

56%

United Arab Emirates

4

0

0%

United States of America

2056

30

1%

Uruguay

24

2

8%

Uzbekistan

15

25

63%

Vanuatu

57

1

2%

Venezuela

22

3

12%

Vietnam

653

189

22%

Yemen

2

4

67%

Zambia

8

2

20%

Zimbabwe

19

12

39%

* 2015 decision data. INZ did not decide any student visa applications for an individual from this country in 2016.
Offshore student visa decision data for 2015 PDF 266KB

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.

Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules