Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service - Statistics on Visas for Non-EEA Students - Quarter 3 2013 and Annual Statistics re Non-EEA Students

 

Visa Statistics for the first nine months of 2013

 

The key points for the first nine months of 2013 are:

 

  • For the first nine months of 2013 a total of 8752 Visa applications were made by students.
  • In total 7584 visa applications were granted and 1168 were refused.
  • This represents an 87% rate of approval vs a 13% rate of refusal.

 

A sample of the major countries is set out below

 

  • Saudi Arabia (1429 applications with 99.8% approval)
  • People’s Republic of China (1362 applications with 92.6% approval)
  • Russian Federation (1430 applications with 99% approval)
  • India (1339 applications with 76.6% approval)
  • Turkey (410 applications with 90.7%)
  • Oman (348 applications with 100% approval)
  • Kuwait (234 applications with 100% approval)

 

By comparison in 2012 as a whole, a total of 7790 Visa applications were made by students with 6939 visa applications granted and 851 were refused.

 

It should be noted that in the first three quarters of 2013 study visa applications from India increased from 662 for the full year 2012 to 1339 to the end of September 2013. To the end of September 2013, 1026 study visa applications from India have been approved. The comparative number of study visa approvals for India in 2012 was 550. 

 

India has been identified as a key development market and the strong increase in the levels of applications made and the number of approvals recorded so far in 2013 is very encouraging.

 

It should also be noted that study visa applications and visa approvals from China for the first nine months of 2013 have almost matched applications for the full year of 2012.

 

NOTE : For 2013 all study visa applications from the Russian Federation have been included. The majority of such applications are from ‘Junior’ students.

 

Statistics

 

Student visa decisions nationality and mission Q1 of 2013 (Size 241KB) This document is a pdf 

Student visa decisions nationality and mission Q2 of 2013 (Size 323KB)  This document is a pdf

Student visa decisions nationality and mission Q3 of 2013 (Size 352KB)  This document is a pdf

 

Visa Statistics for Quarter 4 2012

The key points are:

  • From the beginning of October 2012 to the end of December 2012 a total of 1300 visa applications were made by students.
  • In total 1067 visa applications were granted and 233 were refused.
  • This represents an 82.1% rate of approval vs a 17.9% rate of refusal.
  • The 1300 study visa applications came from 65 countries.
  • Of these, 36 countries had an approval rate of 75% or higher.
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Annual Study Visa Statistics for 2012

The annual statistics provide an opportunity to examine the trends in visa applications for the year.

The key points in relation to study visa applications for 2012 are:

  • In 2012 a total of 7790 Visa applications were made by students.
  • In total 6939 visa applications were granted and 851 were refused.
  • This represents an 89.1% rate of approval vs a 10.9% rate of refusal.
  • The top six nationalities with the highest number of applications which account for 71% of applications were:

Saudi Arabia (1738 applications with 99.9% approval)

People’s Republic of China (1394 applications with 91.5% approval)

Russian Federation (1276 applications with 98.4% approval)

India (662 applications with 83.1% approval)

Kuwait (254 applications with 98.8% approval)

Oman (236 applications with 100% approval)

 

During 2012 there have been encouraging signs regarding student growth most notably from the Indian market, which has been identified as a key development market. In 2012 662 applications were made by Indian students with 550 approved. This compares favourably to 2011 when 420 applications were made with 295 approved. The comparable figures for 2010 show 363 applications with 237 granted. This demonstrates steady progress in this important market.

It is also worth noting that the Turkish market has also shown encouraging signs with the numbers of study visas granted more than doubling since 2010, albeit from a low base of applications made.

 

NOTE: For 2012 all study visa applications from the Russian Federation have been included. The majority of such applications are from ‘Junior’ students.

NOTE 2 : For 2013 it is expected that study visa statistics will be differentiated between ‘Short Stay’ and ‘Long Stay’ students

 

Statistics

Student visa decisions nationality and mission Q1 of 2012 (Size 317KB) This document is a pdf

Student visa decisions nationality and mission Q2 of 2012 (Size 317KB) This document is a pdf

Student visa decisions nationality and mission Q3 of 2012 (Size 332KB) This document is a pdf

Student visa decisions nationality and mission Q4 of 2012 (Size 327KB) This document is a pdf

Annual Student Visa Statistics 2012 (Size 364KB) This document is a pdf

 

 

Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service - Statistics on Visas for Non-EEA Students - Quarter 4 2011 and Annual Statistics re Non-EEA Students

Visa Statistics for Quarter 4 2011

The key points are:

  • From the beginning of October 2011 and the end of December 2011 a total of 823 visa applications were made by students.
  • In total 702 visa applications were granted and 121 were refused.
  • This represents an 85.3% rate of approval vs a 14.7% rate of refusal.
  • The 823 study visa applications came from 59 countries.
  • Of these, 34 countries have an approval rate of 75% or higher.

 

Annual Study Visa Statistics for 2011

The annual statistics provide an opportunity to examine the trends in visa applications for the year. The figures for 2011 reflect the study visa applications received under the first year of the New Immigration Regime for Full Time Non-EEA Students. It should be noted that as part of the delivery of this new regime short term language students coming to Ireland for a period of less than 90 days are now categorised as tourists rather than students as was the case prior to the introduction of the new regime.

This re-categorisation has led to a reduction in the overall number of study visa applications recorded in these figures however these figures more accurately reflect study applications in relation to longer stay students.

The key points in relation to study visa applications for 2011 are:

  • In 2011 a total of 5412 Visa applications were made by students.
  • In total 4741 visa applications were granted and 671 were refused.
  • This represents an 87.6% rate of approval vs a 12.4% rate of refusal.
  • The five nationalities with the highest number of applications which account for almost 66% of applications were:

· Saudi Arabia (1369 applications with 99.9% approval)

· People’s Republic of China (1212 applications with 92% approval)

· India (420 applications with 70% approval)

· Kuwait (289 applications with 99.7% approval)

· UAE (264 applications with 100% approval)

 

The approval/refusal rates for 2011 were 87.6% approval with a 12.4% refusal rate. The comparative figures for 2010 were 87%/13%.

 

Statistics

Quarter 1 2011 Student Visa Statistics (Size 31KB) This document is a pdf

Quarter 2 2011 Student Visa Statistics (Size 172KB) This document is a pdf

Quarter 3 2011 Student Visa Statistics (Size 15KB) This document is a pdf

Quarter 4 2011 Student Visa Statistics (Size 241KB) This document is a pdf

Annual Student Visa Statistics 2011 (Size 241KB) This document is a pdf

 

Student Review Unit, 27 November, 2013