New Zealand - Application Volume and Visa Approval Rates
Date: 15 August 2016
India has a young, ambitious population who are becoming increasingly affluent and mobile. This has led to significant growth in the number of Indian nationals seeking to study internationally. All student visa applications from Indian applicants, in addition to applicants from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan are assessed at the Mumbai Area Office.
In the 2015 calendar year the Mumbai Area Office decided 29,253 international student visa applications from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh and Bhutan; compared to 22,854 for the 2014 calendar year. This increase reflects this region’s interest in studying in New Zealand.
In the 2016 calendar year (January to end of July 2016) the Mumbai Area Office decided 12,001 international student visa applications from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh and Bhutan; compared to 16,238 for the same seven months of 2015.
Approval rates by nationality
The approval rates for nationalities in the Indian region in the 2015 calendar year were as follows:
- Indian nationals: 49%
- Sri Lankan nationals: 55%
- Nepalese nationals: 46%
- Bangladesh nationals: 19%
- Bhutan nationals: 81%
2016 (January to end of July):
- Indian nationals: 44.2%
- Sri Lankan nationals: 63.6%
- Nepalese nationals: 44.7%
- Bangladesh nationals: 22.2%
- Bhutan nationals: 33.3%
The approval rates reflect the relative ease or difficulties of verifying information across the respective countries, and the level of fraud and misrepresentation present. Changes in English language assessment (Rule 18) led to a general increase in the quality of applicants; however approval rates remain volatile due to continued high levels of fraud across the market.
Student visa approval rate by month