New Zealand Student Visa Guide

Types of Visas for International Students in New Zealand

Given below are the types of student visas offered by the New Zealand government from which international students can pick one and apply for according to their requirements:

Student Visa: 

A New Zealand Student Visa is for those who wish to study a full-time course in New Zealand that is longer than three months in total duration. On this visa, the student may be able to work up to 20 hours per week during the term and full-term during the holidays. 

Pathway Student:

In case an international student wishes to study more than one course in New Zealand, then the pathway student may be the only visa they require. It allows one to study up to three consecutive courses for up to five years at one or more universities in the country. 

Post-study Work Visa: 

Students who wish to stay in New Zealand to gather some practical work experience after having completed their qualification, then they can apply for the post-study work visa in New Zealand. 

The visa will permit an individual to work for up to three years in New Zealand after he/she graduates depending on the field of study and where they study. 

Also Read: List of Documents Indian Students Need for New Zealand Visa Application

How to Apply for a New Zealand Student Visa?

  • In order to apply online, the applicant can register on the official website of Immigration New Zealand, upload all the required documents and pay the applicable fees. In case the applicant has already been accepted to an approved higher education provider in New Zealand, then the institution can prepare and submit the Student Visa application for the student.

  • In order to apply offline, the student is required to prepare and gather all the documentation needed for the visa. Following that, he/she must complete the application form and send it to the visa application centre in the city along with the application fee, required documents and immigration levy. In case the applicant has already been accepted to an approved higher education provider in New Zealand, then the institution can prepare and submit the Student Visa application for the student.

Number of Fee-Paying STudent Applications Approved

 

Application Fees for a New Zealand Student Visa

Here is all about paying for a New Zealand Student Visa: 

For Physical or Paper Applications

Applying From

Immigration Costs

Receiving Centre Fees

Timeframes

India

INR 15,300

INR 1,124

Within 72 Days

For Online Applications

Applying From

Immigration Costs

Receiving Centre Fees

Timeframes

India

NZD $330

INR 747

Within 72 Days

Also Read: Top Countries Open to International Students' Admission Amid COVID-19 

What One Can or Cannot Do on a New Zealand Student Visa

A New Zealand Student shall allow a student to:

  • Study full-time course for up to four years, as stated on the visa which includes schools, tertiary or English language study.

  • Work part-time up to 20 hours per week while studying or full-time during the holidays, depending on the visa restrictions.

  • Live by themselves above a certain age, or else they would have to bring their parent or legal guardian. 

A New Zealand Student shall not allow a student to:

  • Bring their partner or children with them unless they apply for visas based on their relationship. 

  • Extend the visa after completion of the programme. 

Eligibility Criteria for a New Zealand Student Visa

An individual applying for a New Zealand Student Visa must meet the following conditions and submit evidence to prove the same in order to be granted a visa.

  • Must be in good health.

  • Must be of good character.

  • Must genuinely intend to fulfil the conditions of the visa.

  • Must have an offer in place from an approved educational institution.

  • Must have enough money to pay for tuition fees. 

  • Must have full medical and travel insurance for the length of stay.

  • Must have enough funds to live in New Zealand

  • Must have a ticket to leave New Zealand or be sponsored for the cost of the same. 

  • Must have written permission to work if between 16 and 17 years of age.

  • Must have evidence of the requirement of course in case it demands practical work experience. 

Documents Required to Apply for a New Zealand Student Visa

Here is the list of documents that one needs to produce while applying for a New Zealand Student Visa: 

  • An offer of place from an approved education provider

  • Evidence that the applicant has enough money to pay their tuition fees

  • Passport and acceptable passport-style photo(s) of the student

  • Proof of funds ($15,000 per year) to cover living expenses

  • A copy of the applicant's air ticket home, or proof that he/she has enough funds to buy one

  • An accommodation guarantee, in case the applicant is under 18

  • Visa application fee

  • A medical certificate and chest x-ray, and a police certificate

Also Read10,000 Overseas Students Expected to Enter New Zealand Campuses in 2021

Where To Apply For A New Zealand Student Visa In India?

Ahmedabad

Ground Floor, Gujarat Chambers of Commerce Building, Ashram Road,
Ahmedabad
380009
India

New Delhi

Mezzanine Floor, Baba Kadak Singh Marg,
Shivaji Stadium Metro Station
Connaught Place
New Delhi 110001
India

Karnataka

Global Tech Park, No 11 First Floor O’ Shaughnessy Road,
Langford Town, 
Bangalore,
Karnataka 560025, India

Chandigarh

Elante Offices, Entry from Gate No. 3 ,Unit no. B 209, 
Second Floor, Office Block B, Plot no. 178- 178A, 
Industrial & Business Park, Phase - I, 
Chandigarh (U T) 160002, India.

Chennai

No - 74, 2nd Floor, Fagun Towers, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore,
Chennai
600008
India

Cochin

Ground Floor, S & T Arcade, Kurisupally Road, 
Opp. Cochin Shipyard, Ravipuram
Cochin, Kerala
682015
India

Hyderabad

8 - 2 – 700, Ground Floor, 
Srida Anusha Pride, Road No – 12, Banjara Hills
Hyderabad
500034
India

Kolkata

Rene Tower, 4th Floor, Plot No AA – I, 
1842, Rajdanga Main Road, Kasba, 
(Beside Acropolis Mall Near Gitanjali Stadium),
Kolkata - 700107

Mumbai

Third Floor, Urmi Axis Building,
Behind Famous Studio, Opp. E Moses Road,
Mahalaxmi (West), Mumbai – 400 01100051

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