Updated Immigration New Zealand approval rates for student visas

02 Feb 2016

The 2015 approval rates for student visas are now available on the Immigration New Zealand website.

Updated 2 February list includes countries in the Pacific Region

Immigration New Zealand republished the 2015 approval rates list on 2 February. The new list has data on countries from the Pacific Region, which was omitted in the original version.

This now gives education organisations enrolling international students until 2 March 2016 to adjust their enrollment policies.

What is this list for?

This list is mentioned in Rule 18 of the Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules, which changed in 2015.

English language entry requirements remain the same for international students from countries with a student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent.

However, there are different requirements for international students from countries with a student visa approval rate below 80 per cent. These students must demonstrate the required English proficiency using one of the methods listed in Rule 18 and on Changes to Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules.

Organisations have until 2 March 2016 to adjust their enrollment policies

The list of approval rates for student visas is updated every year by Immigration New Zealand. As NZQA indicated in 2015, the change will come into effect one month after the date of publication of the updated approval rate list.

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