Shocking 40% Visa Rejection for Indian Students

Michael Yoon
Principal Immigration Lawyer

Immigration NZ has reported a rise in rejection rates from India due to fraud and strict regulations, impacting genuine students. Challenges include funds showcasing, delays, and unclear refusal reasons. Contact Immigration Lawyer NZ for any questions.

You know, it's hard not to feel a bit of déjà vu with this student visa saga in the immigration news. New Zealand universities, once riding high on the international education wave, are now grappling with a bureaucratic nightmare that's tarnishing our reputation. The crux of the matter? Indian students are facing a shocking 40 percent visa rejection rate, with processing times that would test the patience of a saint.

Universities New Zealand has rightly pointed out the chaos this causes. Nearly 10 percent of visas were stuck in limbo at the start of the semester. Students arriving late, scrambling to catch up, and dealing with the double whammy of adapting to a new country and missed studies. It’s a mess, plain and simple.

And it's not just the students suffering. Our universities, trying to rebuild post-Covid, are being hamstrung by a system that's not fit for purpose. Remember, international education was our fifth-largest export market pre-pandemic. We need these students, not just for their tuition dollars, but for the cultural richness and global connections they bring.

Victoria University of Wellington's Vice-Chancellor, has personally reached out to Immigration Minister Erica Stanford, stressing the urgency. The sentiment is echoed by other universities, all saying that we need faster, fairer visa processing. Without improving processing times, we risk losing high-quality international students to more efficient countries.

Yet, despite these cries for help, Immigration New Zealand's performance remains woeful. Compare the 40 percent rejection rate for Indian students to the mere 2 percent for Chinese students. What’s going on here? Why the disparity? The official line is that it's about the completeness of applications – proof of funds, genuine intent to study, etc. But when nearly half of the Indian applicants are rejected, something smells off.

Amidst this, there’s a push to strengthen ties with India. Universities are engaging with Indian entities, and Education New Zealand has highlighted India as the "country of honour" at our international education conference. It's a good start, but what's the point if the visa barriers remain insurmountable?

The hard truth is, unless we sort this visa fiasco out, all these diplomatic niceties and bilateral engagements will amount to little. We need action, not just words. Let's get those visas processed on time, let's get those students here, and let's rebuild our international education sector to its former glory. The time for talking is over – it’s time to deliver.

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Last modified on 21 June 2024 by
Michael Yoon
Principal Immigration Lawyer
Michael has been working as a lawyer in New Zealand since 2006. Over the years, he has successfully helped thousands of clients to get their desired outcome. Clients find Michael knowledgeable, approachable and professional — a trusted expert.

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