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What is a New Zealand Student Visa?
If you’re an international student looking to study in New Zealand for over three months, you’ll need to obtain a New Zealand Student Visa. This legal document, issued by the New Zealand government, permits you to study full-time in the country for a specified period.
It’s important to note that the kind of course you choose may affect your eligibility for a Post-Study Work Visa once you’ve completed your studies. Hence, having the right support and guidance during the visa application process is crucial.
At ICL, our team of experienced immigration advisors can assist in making your journey to obtaining a New Zealand Student Visa seamless and stress-free. We provide guidance through the entire process, from initial application to final approval, to ensure you have the necessary support to succeed and thrive as an international student.
Each year, more than 120,000 international students choose New Zealand as their temporary home. We understand that the move can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help! With our expertise and support, we can help you successfully apply for a New Zealand Student Visa so that you may achieve your academic aspirations.
If you’re ready to pursue your education in New Zealand, contact ICL today to learn more about how we can help you obtain your Student Visa.
Who Needs a New Zealand 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. Depending on the type of visa you obtain, you will be legally permitted to work and earn up to 20 hours per week during the academic year, and full-time during holiday periods.
If you plan to work during your studies or after completing your course, you will need to apply for a Post-Study Work Visa or a variation of the Student Visa that permits work. The type of visa you require will depend on the duration of your studies and your qualifications.
It’s important to remember that if you are enrolled in a masters by research or doctoral degree programme awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, your visa will have no restrictions on working hours.
If you are unsure whether you require a Student Visa or have questions about the application process, our experienced immigration advisors are here to ensure that you apply for the correct type of visa and understand the conditions of the visa that you receive. Simply book a free consultation today to get started!
What Visas Allow You to Study in New Zealand?
New Zealand offers a range of visas that allow you to study in our country, including:
Occupational Registration Visitor Visa:
You can apply for this visa if you want to come to New Zealand to obtain New Zealand occupational registration. You can also apply if you are already in New Zealand, have applied for residence, and need more time to obtain your occupational registration.
Trafficking Child Victim Student Visa
The New Zealand government may grant a visa to a child if they are certified by New Zealand Police as a victim of human trafficking. This visa can help child trafficking victims escape an exploitative situation and study as a domestic student at primary or secondary school 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.
Fee Paying Student Visa
You can apply for this visa to study full-time in New Zealand. To do so, you will need to pay the full cost of your courses and enrol with an approved education provider.
Dependent Child Student Visa
The dependent children of certain kinds of Work and Student Visa holders can apply for a student visa to allow them to go to a primary or secondary school in New Zealand.
Exchange Student Visa
This visa allows you to study full-time in New Zealand for up to 4 years in an approved student exchange scheme.
Child of a Refugee Claimant Student Visa
School-aged children of refugee or protection status claimants who want to study at a primary or secondary school in New Zealand may be granted student visas.
Foreign Government Supported Student Visa
If you have a foreign government loan or scholarship, you can study full-time in New Zealand for up to 4 years.
The Visitor Visa allows you to visit New Zealand for up to 9 months. With this visa, you can come to New Zealand on a holiday, study for up to 3 months, or visit friends and family.
Pathway Student Visa:
You may be able to study up to 3 consecutive courses in New Zealand on a single Student Visa. With this visa, you may be able to study for up to 5 years, and work while you are studying.
Student and Trainee Work Visa
Students who need to do practical work experience to meet a study requirement can apply to come to New Zealand to complete it. Medical and dental trainees, religious trainees and apprentice jokeys can also apply to do their training in New Zealand.
MFAT-funded NZ Scholarship Student Visa
If you are funded by a New Zealand scholarship administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) or Education New Zealand (ENZ), you can apply to study full-time on this visa.
Does ICL offer Academic Consultation?
Yes! Along with our comprehensive Student Visa services, ICL is pleased to offer academic consultation to help students select the right course and institution.
At ICL, we understand that choosing the best course for your goals can be a daunting process. Our team of experienced advisors are here to offer prospective students the necessary guidance to help them make an informed decision.
Our team of experienced immigration advisors can provide you with their experienced perspective as part of our Student Visa application service, which is intended to make your journey of obtaining a New Zealand Student Visa as smooth and stress-free as possible. Our academic consultation service is designed to help you select a course that is most suited to your individual goals, as well as to ensure that you receive the support you need to thrive as an international student.
Whether you acquire guidance on selecting a course or have questions about the application process, our team is here to help. Get in touch today to learn more about our academic consultation service and how we can assist you in making your dream of studying in New Zealand a reality!
What is the New Zealand Student Visa application process?
The process of applying for a New Zealand Student Visa is relatively simple, but it is important to follow all the steps accurately to ensure a smooth application process. At ICL, we’re here to guide you through each stage of the process.
Once you have determined which Student Visa is appropriate for your needs, the first step is to gather all the documentation required by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to support your application. This documentation includes your passport, evidence of your enrollment in an approved course of study, proof of financial support, and health and character certificates. It is critical to ensure you have all the necessary documents in hand before proceeding with your application.
Once you have all the required documentation, you can then proceed to complete the application form. Make sure you complete all sections of the form accurately and truthfully. It’s recommended to use professional guidance to avoid making mistakes and having to resubmit your application.
After completing the application form, you must then submit it along with all supporting documents. This can be done online or in person at a New Zealand embassy or consulate. Be sure to double-check that you have provided all the necessary supporting documents to avoid any delays.
Once you have submitted your application, it generally takes 8-12 weeks for the New Zealand government to make a decision. However, in some cases, additional documentation or information may be required, which can prolong the application process. During this time, the relevant authorities may contact you for further information, so it's important to keep your contact information up-to-date.
Once your application has been processed, you will receive a decision on whether your Student Visa has been approved or rejected. If your visa is approved, you can then proceed with planning your travel to New Zealand!
If you want to increase your chances of securing your New Zealand Student Visa the first time, our experienced Student Visa advisors at ICL can guide you through the entire application process. Get in touch today to book a free no-strings-attached consultation.
Why choose ICL for your New Zealand Student Visa needs?
Navigating the complex and stressful process of applying for a New Zealand Student Visa can be daunting, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the legal requirements and documentation needed for a successful application. That’s why it’s wise to seek the help of a visa application expert like ICL.
The benefits of choosing ICL for your New Zealand Student Visa needs include:
Our team of experienced immigration advisors will provide you with personalised guidance to ensure that you meet all the necessary requirements for a successful Student Visa application. We will guide you through the entire process, from selecting the right type of visa to submitting all the necessary documentation.
Increased Chances of Success:
With an average success rate of 97% over the last 20 years, we have the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your goal of obtaining a Student Visa and studying internationally. We are familiar with Immigration New Zealand’s requirements and can help you avoid common mistakes that could result in a rejected application.
Choosing the right course and institution is a critical decision that can greatly impact your future. Our friendly advisors will help you select the best course for your goals, ensuring that you are setting yourself up for success.
Stress-Free Application Process:
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 making your dream of international studies a reality.
If you’re unsure about which type of Student Visa is right for you or you don’t know where to start, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Student Visa immigration advisors for a free no-strings-attached consultation. Our advisors will be happy to answer your questions and support every step of your application.
Ready to get started? With ICL, you’ll have the necessary support and guidance to successfully apply for a New Zealand Student Visa, so that you make make your dream of studying in New Zealand a reality. Contact us today by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 09 369 1681 to take the first step.