What is a New Zealand Student Visa?

Discover the academic possibilities in New Zealand, a top spot for students worldwide. This visa opens doors to full-time studying, mixing education with work opportunities.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Varies depending on Visa type, for example,
for Fee Paying Student Visa, charges start from NZD 375.

Length of Stay

Varies depending on Visa category, for example, for Fee Paying Student Visa it is up to 4 years.

Benefits of New Zealand Student Visa

  • Flexibility in Study & Work:
    • Study full-time in your selected course, as allowed by your visa.
    • Work up to 20 hours each week during term or full-time during breaks, as permitted.
  • Explore Life in New Zealand:
    • Enjoy independent living or bring your family along, with visas for partners and kids.
  • Global Connections and Career Opportunities:
    • Be part of a vibrant community of more than 120,000 international students.
    • Your course selection can impact eligibility for a Post-Study Work Visa, boosting future career options.

Note: The cost and availability of New Zealand visas can change because of decisions made by the New Zealand Immigration authorities.

Student Visa with ICL

  • Get help from ICL every step of the way, from picking your course at partnered schools to getting your visa and settling down.
  • ICL will assist you with applying for Post-Study Work Visas and adjusting to life in New Zealand

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Essential Details on New Zealand Study Visa

Vital information you should be aware of if interested in applying to New Zealand Student Visa.

Required for Studying in NZ

For students coming to study in New Zealand for more than three months, getting a Student Visa is a must.

Work Rights

With certain visas, you can work up to 20 hours a week during the term and full-time during breaks.

Post-Study Path

After finishing your studies, you might need to apply for a Post-Study Work Visa or change your student visa to work.

Unlimited Work for Some Programs

If you’re doing a master’s by research or a doctoral program, you can work as many hours as you want.

Types of Student Visas in New Zealand

Vocational Trainee Student Visa

This visa is for trainees who are awarded a New Zealand Short-Term Training Scholarship, funded through the New Zealand scholarships that are administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. To apply, you need a paid placement at Manukau Polytechnic, or evidence of your New Zealand Short-Term Training Scholarship.

Dependent Child Student Visa

Children of certain Work and Student Visa holders can apply for this visa to attend primary or secondary school in New Zealand.

Child of a Refugee Claimant Student Visa

Kids whose parents have sought refugee or protection status in New Zealand can get student visas to attend primary or secondary school.

Student and Trainee Work Visa

 If you need to gain practical work experience to fulfill a study requirement, you can apply to come to New Zealand for it. This visa is also suitable for medical, dental, religious trainees, and apprentice jockeys who need to undergo training in New Zealand.

Trafficking Victim Student Visa

If New Zealand Police confirm that you're a victim of human trafficking, the government may grant you this visa to escape from harm and study in primary or secondary school.

Fee Paying Student Visa

You can apply for this visa to study full-time in New Zealand by paying the entire course fee and enrolling with an approved education provider.

Exchange Student Visa

You can study full-time in New Zealand for up to 4 years through an approved student exchange program.

Foreign Government Supported Student Visa

If you have financial support from a foreign government in the form of a loan or scholarship, you can study full-time in New Zealand for up to 4 years.

Pathway Student Visa

With this visa, you may be able to study up to 3 consecutive courses in New Zealand on a single Student Visa, lasting for up to 5 years. Additionally, you can work while you are studying.

MFAT-funded NZ Scholarship Student Visa

If your scholarship is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) or Education New Zealand (ENZ), you can apply for this visa to study full-time.

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What is the Student Visa Application process?

Getting a New Zealand Student Visa is quite simple, but it’s crucial to do each step right for a smooth process. ICL is here to help you through it all!


1. Gather Your Documents

Start by gathering all the documents needed for your Student Visa. This usually includes qualifications, and any other papers to back up your application. Our expert team will help you gather everything and fill out the forms.


2. Send Your Application

Once you’ve gathered all the needed documents and filled out the forms, it’s time to send your application for review. We’ll assist you in meeting all criteria and submitting it to Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to boost your chances of success.


3. Wait for Your Response

After sending your application, you’ll have to wait for INZ to make a decision. This process might take a few weeks or even months. Our team will keep you informed and advise you on what to do if more documents are needed.


4. Receive Your Student Visa

INZ will either approve your Student Visa or deny entry to New Zealand. If it’s approved, we’ll guide you through the next steps and ensure you have all the details to start your new journey in New Zealand.

Choose ICL for your New Zealand Student Visa

Make your study journey in New Zealand easier with ICL Immigration. Our experienced advisors offer academic consultations to help you make smart choices. Whether you’re unsure about courses, institutes, or just have questions about studying in New Zealand, we’re here to guide you at every turn.

Step-by-Step Help

Our experienced team will give you personalised assistance to make sure you meet all the requirements for a successful Student Visa application. We’ll guide you through everything, from picking the right visa type to submitting all the needed papers.

Higher Success Odds

With a whopping 97% success rate in the last two decades, we have the know-how to help you get your Student Visa and study abroad. We know what Immigration New Zealand needs, so we can help you dodge common mistakes that might get your application rejected.

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Picking the perfect course and school is crucial for your future. Our friendly advisors will help you choose the ideal course for your goals, setting you on the right path for success.

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Getting a visa can feel overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. With a New Zealand Student Visa, you want to nail it on your first try to avoid missing out on study opportunities and making your international dreams come true.

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What is a Student Visa in New Zealand?

A Student Visa in New Zealand allows individuals from overseas to study full-time at an education institution registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. This visa can be used for primary, secondary, or tertiary studies. The visa duration depends on the course length and proof of sufficient funds to live in New Zealand.

Who is Eligible for a New Zealand Student Visa?

Eligibility criteria include an offer of place from a registered New Zealand education provider, evidence of sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses, good health and character, and intention to return to your home country after studies. Depending on your country of origin, you might also need to meet English language proficiency requirements.

What are the Financial Requirements for a New Zealand Student Visa?

Applicants must demonstrate they have at least NZD 15,000 per year for living expenses, plus tuition fees. Alternatively, a financial undertaking by a sponsor or a scholarship can be provided as proof.

How Long Does It Take to Process a New Zealand Student Visa?

Processing times vary, but it typically takes around 20-30 working days. It's advisable to apply at least three months before your intended start date.

What is a Post-Study Work Visa in New Zealand?

The Post-Study Work Visa offers international students who have completed their studies in New Zealand the opportunity to work in the country for 1-3 years. This visa helps graduates gain practical work experience relevant to their qualifications.

Who Qualifies for a Post-Study Work Visa?

Graduates with an NZQF Level 7 or higher qualification or a Level 4-6 qualification in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List can apply. The course must have been for at least 30 weeks in New Zealand.

Can I Work While Studying on a Student Visa in New Zealand?

Yes, students can work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during scheduled holidays. Certain conditions apply, like the course duration must be at least two years or one academic year for a postgraduate qualification.

What are the Health and Character Requirements for New Zealand Student Visas?

Applicants must undergo a medical examination and provide a police certificate to prove they are of good health and character. This ensures the safety and wellbeing of everyone in New Zealand.

Can I Extend My Student Visa in New Zealand?

Yes, you can apply for an extension if you need more time to complete your course. Proof of continued enrollment and financial support is required.

What Are the Fees for a New Zealand Student Visa Application?

The fee for a student visa application varies and is updated regularly. It includes an application fee and an immigration levy. For Current fees details contact ICL Immigration.

What Happens If My Student Visa Application Is Declined?

If your application is declined, you will receive a letter explaining the reasons.You have the right to appeal or reapply by addressing the issue.

What Does 'Approved in Principle' Mean for a New Zealand Student Visa Application?

'Approved in Principle' means Immigration New Zealand has preliminarily approved your student visa application. However, final approval is contingent upon fulfilling certain conditions, such as paying tuition fees or providing additional documentation.

What Are the Requirements for a Visa to Study as a Foreign Student in New Zealand?

Foreign students need an offer from an NZQA-registered institution, evidence of funds, medical and police clearance, and, for some nationalities, an English proficiency test. They must also prove their intent to return home after studying.

How Does Full-Time Study Differ from Part-Time Study on a Student Visa?

Full-time study typically involves a minimum number of hours per week and is required for maintaining a student visa. Part-time study may be allowed in certain circumstances, like during the final semester, but generally does not qualify for a student visa.

What Are the Options for International Students After Completing Their Course of Study?

After completing their studies, international students can apply for a Post-Study Work Visa, look for relevant job offers in New Zealand, or pursue further studies. Their options depend on their qualifications and the duration of their completed course.

What is the Earliest Start Date I Can Arrive in New Zealand on a Student Visa?

Students can typically arrive in New Zealand up to a month before their course's start date if their course duration is longer than one year. For shorter courses, arrival is usually allowed a week before the start date.

How Do I Pay My Tuition Fees for a Student Visa Application in New Zealand?

Tuition fees can usually be paid directly to the education institution. Proof of payment is a required part of the student visa application process.

Can Student Visa Holders Apply for Visitor or Work Visas in New Zealand?

Student visa holders can apply for visitor visas for short-term stays or work visas if they find eligible employment in New Zealand. Each visa type has specific requirements and conditions.

What Is the Application Process for a New Zealand Student Visa?

The application process involves submitting an online form on the Immigration New Zealand website, along with required documents like a valid passport, offer letter, proof of funds, and health and character certificates.

Disclaimer: The information provided is subject to change based on New Zealand government policies. For the most current information, please refer to Immigration New Zealand or contact ICL Immigration for updated guidance.

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