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New Zealand refuses study visas of Indian students: know why!

There was a news sometime back that New Zealand rejects Indian students’ study visas due to their poor English!

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New Zealand refuses Indian students' visas

Know why New Zealand refused thousands of Indian students’ visas this year!

According to the ‘Radio New Zealand’ reports, between early July and the end of October this year, New Zealand approved only 3,102 student visas, which is 48 per cent less than last year (6,462 visas).

Primary reasons for this were:

  1. Majority of Indian students arrived in New Zealand with too little money.
  2. Their English knowledge was not adequate.

The Auckland International Education Group’s spokesman Paul Chalmers said Immigration New Zealand’s Mumbai office was turning down too many potential students: “It’s a matter of loosening up in Mumbai and saying ‘this is now a catastrophic collapse’. Rather than just trying to cut the shonky providers out of the market and the poor students who are filling in application forms incorrectly, they need to see if we can improve visa approval rates,” Chalmers said.

Further to this, he said: “It’s a wider-sweeping broom that is starting to block students for, from what we can see, no reason whatsoever. Students that would have previously been given visas are being declined.”

Richard Goodall, international education spokesperson of Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ), said good institutions might cope with the decline in Indian students’ enrolments whereas others might face a bad business. Adding to this he said a correction to the Indian market is the need of the hour.

“Don’t forget what we’re doing here is we’re focusing on the things that are important for students to succeed here in terms of their English-language capability and their ability to support themselves financially when they’re in New Zealand. So I make no apology for making sure that those things are followed up on and the declarations students make are correct,” Goodall said.

Steven Joyce, Tertiary Education Minister, said that this rejection of study visas would continue for some time and the Immigration New Zealand was not being too tough.

He said: “It will probably be slower growth than what we saw in the previous two or three years,” adding that India is always going to be one of the top markets for them: “It’s the largest economy in the world in terms of the number of young people seeking education including internationally.”

This is not the first instance of Indian students’ visa rejection in New Zealand:

Early this year, Radio New Zealand released a news stating that the Immigration New Zealand rejected study visas of Indian students because according to them ‘most students from the country were really not coming to study’ or because 'they did not have enough finances to support their study and stay costs'.

Half of the visa applications at most institutions were turned down, with a declining rate of over 30%. These figures were taken from December 2015 to May 2016 and were only for institutions with at least 10 visa applications from Indian students.

We are not trying to scare you or evoking you to give up your dreams of studying in New Zealand. New Zealand is a wonderful country and the quality of education is world-class. This information is just to keep you updated on what’s happening around the education sectors, which will benefit you.

You know that IELTS/TOEFL are two primary tests for studying in any country for which you need to have good command over the English Language. It’s not a tad difficult thing to hone your English skills, if, and only if, you are ready to practise each day, that is, read and write as much as you can.

Considering the above fact, we launched our own IELTS Practice test which is an online test to assess your reading and listening skills. In addition to this you need to read, and read good, every day: be newspapers, books or anything that attracts your attention.

Your monetary situation is something that you will need to figure out when you take the first step towards studying abroad because you cannot, and should not, rely on a third person for money in a strange land. Sit with your parents or guardian or consult your seniors and make your own budget. 

If you follow these simple steps, I’m sure you will turn out to be one of those students who successfully complete their education in New Zealand.

Read this article which will help you plan the cost of studying in New Zealand.

To help you further, we have experts who deal with universities in New Zealand. They will help you plan better. We host many events where university representatives visit our offices to have a chat with students like you. You should partake next time, if you haven’t had a chance to do so!

Facts credit: Radio New Zealand.

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