NEW ZEALAND STUDENT VISA

The New Zealand Student Visa lets migrants study full-time in New Zealand at approved education providers. 

MORE ABOUT THE NEW ZEALAND STUDENT VISA

WHAT THIS VISA ALLOWS:

New Zealand Student Visa holders can:

  • Study full-time at approved education providers, including schools, tertiary education institutions, and English language schools
  • Work up to 20 hours a week while studying or full-time during the holidays, depending on their visa conditions

THE REQUIREMENTS:

To apply for a Student Visa, candidates must:

  • Have an offer of placement from an approved education provider
  • Have enough money to pay for their studies unless exempt
  • Have medical and travel insurance
  • Have enough money to live on while in New Zealand
  • Have a ticket to leave New Zealand or have a sponsor who’ll cover the cost 
  • Meet New Zealand’s health and character requirements

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TUITION FEES:

Student Visa applicants, unless exempt, must have enough money to cover the cost of their tuition. 

To prove this to Immigration New Zealand, the applicant must have paid the tuition fees for one course or one year of study, whichever is shorter. 

Evidence can include any of the following: 

  • Letter of confirmation from the education provider that the applicant has paid their fees or that the applicant is not subject to tuition fees
  • Evidence of an application for a home country government loan and confirmation from the New Zealand education provider that it expects to receive the fees
  • Evidence of application for a home country government loan and confirmation that the visa applicant is enrolling in a bachelor's degree programme or higher at a Private Training Establishment
  • Confirmation of a scholarship from the education provider

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE:

Student visa applicants, except PhD students, must have adequate medical and travel insurance.

The insurance policy must cover the visa applicant from the date of their arrival in New Zealand until their departure date. 

Furthermore, the insurance policy must cover the visa applicant for all of the below: 

  • Travel, including travel to and from New Zealand, within New Zealand and outside New Zealand if travelling as part of the course
  • Medical care in New Zealand, including diagnosis, prescription, surgery, and hospitalisation
  • Transportation out of New Zealand as a result of serious illness, including the travel costs incurred by family members assisting the student
  • Death, including the travel costs of family members to and from New Zealand, repatriation costs, and funeral expenses

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVERYDAY FUNDS:

Student Visa applicants must have enough money to live on while studying in New Zealand. 

The required amount depends on the type of studying that is undertaken by the student:

  • NZD20,000 per year of tertiary education, English language, or other non-compulsory school studies, or NZD1,667 per month if the studies are shorter than one year
  • NZD17,000 per year or NZD1,1417 per month if the Student Visa holder is studying compulsory education, i.e. year one to 13 at school

The visa applicant will have to provide proof of these funds to Immigration New Zealand. The applicant can also prove they have enough funds to live in New Zealand in the following ways: 

  • Documents showing that the applicant’s living costs are paid
  • A 'Sponsorship Form for Temporary Entry' completed by an acceptable sponsor
  • A completed 'Financial Undertaking for a Student' form

Students who study for more than one year must prove that they have enough money to support themselves for the first year and show how they’ll pay their living costs for the rest of their studies.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The New Zealand Study Visa allows visa holders to stay in New Zealand for up to four years. Visa holders can apply for another Student Visa after their initial visa.

New Zealand’s Student Visa does not lead to residence (PR). Student visa holders who wish to become New Zealand residents should apply for an appropriate work visa and meet the residence requirements.

Your partner and dependent children can apply for visas based on their relationship with you. They’ll apply for a Partner of a Student Visitor Visa and a Child of a Student Visitor Visa. Children who need to study for longer than three months must apply for student visas.

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