What is a Fee Paying Student Visa?

The Fee Paying Student Visa is for people who want to study full-time in New Zealand. They pay for their courses and study at an approved school. With this visa, they can also work part-time while they study.

Visa Charges (NZ Immigration)

Starts from NZD $375

Processing Time

Around 9 weeks for 80% of applications

Length of Stay

Up to 4 years

Things to Note

  • Your visa lasts as long as your study program.
  • Family members like partners and kids can apply for visas too.
  • If you’re studying online but need to come to New Zealand for tests or practical classes, you can still apply.

Benefits of the Fee Paying Student Visa

  • Study in New Zealand Institutions: Attend government-approved schools or colleges, including English language courses.
  • Part-Time Work Opportunity: Work up to 20 hours weekly during the school term and full-time during breaks.
  • Accommodation Considerations: Independent living may be possible for older students, while younger ones might need to live with parents or guardians.

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

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Application Requirements

Read below for information on what is required to apply for the New Zealand Fee Paying Student Visa.

ID proof

Valid proof of Identity is required to be submitted in the application.

Health Check

Make sure you meet health requirements.

Good Character

Show proof of good character.

Genuine Intentions

You must intend to meet the conditions as asked by the visa.

Offer of Place

Need an acceptance letter from an approved school or college.

Proof of Tuition Fees

Show that you can pay for courses.

Medical and Travel Insurance

You must have good medical and travel insurance that covers your stay.


You must have enough funds to cover your living costs during the length of your visa.

Onward Travel

Proof of travel plans to leave New Zealand or funds for it.

Permission to Work

If you’re allowed, especially for secondary education students.

Conditions for the Visa

If you’re interested in applying for a Fee Paying Student Visa, then there are a few conditions you need to be aware of.

Entry Permission

Get it when you arrive in New Zealand by filling out a traveller form.

Work Rights

Check your visa for rules on working part-time or full-time during breaks.

Study Requirements

Go to the school listed on your visa and do well in your studies.

Honouring Visa Expiry

Leave New Zealand before your visa runs out or apply for an extension or a new visa if needed.

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Who is eligible for a Fee Paying Student Visa?

Eligibility is for individuals who want to undertake full-time study in New Zealand at an approved education provider and can pay the total cost of their courses. Applicants must also meet standard health and character requirements.

How long can I stay in New Zealand with a Fee Paying Student Visa?

This visa allows you to stay for up to four years, depending on the length of your study program. It is generally granted for the same duration as the study you have paid for.

What are the costs involved in applying for this visa?

The application fee starts from NZD 375. Additional costs may include health checks, police clearances, and proof of financial support.

Can I work while studying under a Fee Paying Student Visa?

Yes, you can work part-time for up to 20 hours a week during the academic term and full-time during scheduled holidays and the Christmas and New Year holidays.

What if I must attend my education provider in New Zealand for practical study or exams?

Distance learning or correspondence students who must visit New Zealand for more than three months to attend practical study or exams can apply for this visa.

Do I need proof of English proficiency to apply for this visa?

The ability to speak or write English is not a requirement for the visa application itself; however, your education provider may require proof of English proficiency to offer a place on their course.

Can my family accompany me to New Zealand?

While you cannot include your partner or children on your visa application, they can apply for their visas based on their relationship with you.

What if my passport expires before the end of my study period?

If your passport expires before the end date of your study, your visa may be issued for a shorter duration. You will need to renew your passport and then apply for a new visa or transfer the remaining balance of your existing visa.

What kind of health and travel insurance do I need?

It would help to have comprehensive medical and travel insurance for your stay in New Zealand.

What are the requirements for onward travel?

You must either have a return ticket out of New Zealand or sufficient funds to purchase a ticket for onward travel, or you must be sponsored for the cost of your onward travel.

What are the conditions regarding study requirements on this visa?

You must study full-time and attend the specific place of study endorsed on your visa. You are expected to make satisfactory academic progress and meet any attendance requirements your education provider sets.

What happens if I want to change my course or education provider?

If you wish to change your course or education provider, you must apply to Immigration New Zealand to vary the conditions of your visa accordingly.

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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