Each year, over 120,000 international students choose to make New Zealand their temporary home. Taking such an important step – including moving away from home, friends and family – is as exciting as it is daunting.
Before this exciting next chapter of your life can become a reality, you must obtain the relevant Student Visa – a legal requirement by the New Zealand government to facilitate your stay and study in New Zealand and carry out all student-related activities.
You will need a Student Visa if you want to study in New Zealand for more than three months. In addition, you must be accepted into a course with an approved educational institution (university or school). And, as an international student, you can only study programs approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
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Applying for a Student Visa can be a daunting process. After all, your chances of studying in New Zealand depend on a successful visa application. If you have no idea where to start or want to find out more about the different types of Student Visas for New Zealand, simply keep scrolling.
What is a Student Visa?
A Student Visa is a legal document issued by the New Zealand government that gives you the authorisation to legally carry out your academic activities on New Zealand soil. Such a visa will allow you to study full-time for a stipulated period of time.
Depending on the type of course you wish to study in New Zealand, you may be eligible for a Post-Study Work Visa once you have completed your studies.
Student Visa: If you plan on studying in New Zealand for over three months, you will need to apply for a Student Visa. This type of visa allows you to go to school, take a course or conduct particular career-focused training in New Zealand.
To apply for this visa, you will need an official offer or confirmation of enrolment from an approved education provider.
Upon approval, you can stay in New Zealand for up to four years, work on a part-time basis (up to 20 hours a week) while studying, and work full-time during the holidays.
Remember: If you are enrolled in a masters by research or doctoral degree programme awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, your visa conditions will not have any restrictions on the hours you can work
Post-Study Work Visa: Once you finish your education in New Zealand, you can apply for a Work Visa that lasts one to three years (depending on your level of qualification and institution of study).
With a post-study Work Visa, you can work for any employer and hold almost any job. If you have a partner and children abroad, your partner can apply for their own Work Visa, and your dependent children can study fee-free as domestic students.
Once your initial Post-Study Work Visa expires, you can apply for an extension if you complete another relevant qualification in New Zealand. This qualification must be at least a Level 7 bachelor’s degree, have a 30-week minimum course duration, and be a higher level qualification than that for which you applied for in your first Post-Study Work Visa.
Who Needs a Student Visa?
Any foreign individual aiming to study in New Zealand for a period longer than three months is required to obtain a Student Visa. If you plan on working in conjunction with your studies or once your studies are complete, you will need to apply for a specific type of Student Visa.
Depending on the type of visa for which you apply, you will be legally permitted to earn money from employment (up to 20 hours a week during the academic year and full-time during holiday periods).
Remember: If you are enrolled in a masters by research or doctoral degree programme awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, your visa conditions will not have any restrictions on the hours you can work.
If you are unsure whether you need a Student Visa or how to proceed, it is worth speaking with an immigration visa specialist.
As an extension of our Student Visa services, we are also delighted to provide academic consultation.
Choosing the right course and institution can be a daunting process. At ICL, we offer guidance to prospective students on selecting the best course for their goals. If you require this service, we are able to offer our experienced perspective as part of our Student Visa application service.
The Typical Student Visa Application Process
The Student Visa application process is quite straightforward. Once you decide which Student Visa is needed, you must complete the relevant documentation required by New Zealand law and provide all supporting material required for the approval of your Student Visa application.
In the review process, your visa may be accepted or rejected. In some instances, you may be asked to provide more supporting documents, which can slow the application process.
If you don’t want the hassle of applying for your Student Visa and wish to increase your chances of securing your Student Visa the first time, reach out to our Student Visa advisors by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us at 09 369 1681 today.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Student Visa?
Once you submit your Student Visa application, it generally takes 8-12 weeks for the New Zealand government to make a decision. On the rare occasion that the relevant body requests more supporting documentation, your Student Visa application process may be prolonged.
Your Student Visa will then either be granted or rejected.
For the best chance of securing your New Zealand Student Visa, reach out to one of our Student Visa advisors who will be happy to answer all your questions and support every step of your application.
Benefits of Hiring a Professional for Your Visa Application
Visa applications can be a tedious process, especially for first-time applicants. When you apply for a New Zealand Student Visa, you want to obtain your right to study in New Zealand the first time. Otherwise, you may miss your desired institution’s deadlines and risk not achieving your international study goals
Seeking the services of a professional is highly recommended. You will avoid every hassle of private application and wondering whether or not you submitted enough supporting documentation.
At Immigration Consultancies, we provide hundreds of foreign students with stress-free Student Visa applications each year. And over the last 20 years, we are proud to have established a 97% average visa success rate.
Some of the benefits of hiring a professional for your Student Visa application include:
● Support throughout the entire Student Visa application process
● Your Student Visa application in the hands of a professional with years of relevant experience
● Guidance in selecting the right academic course for your goals
● Dramatically increased chances of securing your Student Visa the first time
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