New Zealand Student Visas
Anyone enrolling as an international student on a course lasting three months or more in New Zealand will need a student visa. Here are the key things to know
What visa will I need to study?
Is there an age limit?
Can I still get a student visa if I’ve already used my working holiday visa for New Zealand?
Can I work on a student visa?
How much does it cost to apply for a student visa?
Student visa applications submitted via the online system from the UK currently cost NZ$430. Fees are subject to change each year, so please check www.immigration.govt.nz before making your application.
How do I apply?
The best way to apply is to submit your student visa application online, at: www.immigration.govt.nz/apply-student-online. You can, alternatively, complete a paper application form, which is also available from the INZ website, but online applications are preferred (and processed more quickly). The webpage above has lots of helpful guides to making your application, including a checklist of the supporting documents required for first-time student visa applicants.
Will I have to show any evidence of my finances?
What about character documents?
All applicants for New Zealand visas need to be of ‘good character’. This generally means you have no criminal convictions. If you intend to be in New Zealand for more than 24 months you will need to include police clearances from each country for which you have citizenship in your visa application. You will also need to provide police clearances for every country you have lived in for five years or more since you turned 17. Find out more at www.immigration.govt.nz/who-provides-police-cert
Will I need to provide health documents?
In order to be eligible for a visa for New Zealand you must have an ‘acceptable standard of health’. In order for INZ to check this you may be asked to provide a medical and/or x-ray certificate, but this is not always required for student visa applicants. Check whether you will need to include health documentation at www.immigration.govt.nz/xray-or-medical-exam
Can I take my partner with me?
i) Studying for a Level 7 or Level 8 qualification that is on the Green List, Qualifications Eligible for a Post Study Work Visa list, or the New Long Term Skill Shortage List, or
ii) studying for a postgraduate qualification (Level 9 or Level 10).
If your course of study does not fall into either of these categories, your partner will need to apply to be in New Zealand of their own accord, for example under the Working Holiday Scheme, the Essential Skills Visa or the Skilled Migrant Category.
How long does a student visa take to get?
How soon can I travel to New Zealand once I get my student visa?
How long will my visa last?
Can I apply for another visa when my course finishes?
Yes, potentially, if you meet policy. For information about other visa options, visit www.immigration.govt.nz
What are my obligations on this visa?
What will I need to apply?
The full requirements are given on checklists available from www.immigration.govt.nz but an outline list of documents is as follows:
- The completed application form
- A valid passport (you will need to upload the identity page)
- The application fee
- An unconditional offer of place to study at a university in New Zealand
- Receipt showing payment of one year’s tuition fees
- Evidence of sufficient funds for living costs
- Evidence of sufficient funds to purchase an outward ticket
- Evidence of your health and character, if required
- A cover letter or statement of purpose explaining why you want to study in New Zealand and providing more information about you. A guide to writing this can be found on the INZ first time applicant checklist (please contact Study Options with any questions!)