New Zealand Student Visa
You may need to apply for a New Zealand Student visa when studying at Estudyabroad. We can provide you with all the relevant information, and help guide you through the visa requirements and application processes to study in New Zealand.
We aim to answer any questions you might have, so please explore our answers below. If you cannot find the answer to your question, you can get more information by contacting a student advisor.
In brief: In New Zealand, you can study up to 12 weeks if you are from a visa-free country (refer to www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/). If you study for more than 12 weeks you will need a student visa.
New Zealand Student Visa information
You may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours each week while you have a valid Student Visa, if your course meets certain conditions.
Terms of the Student Visa with work rights are as follows. Students can work part-time if all of the following conditions apply:
- Students must be studying on a full-time course
- Program of study must be a minimum of 6 months or longer
- We believe the main purpose of your study is to improve your English language
- Students hold an International English Language Testing System certificate with an overall band score of 5.0, that's no more than 2 years old - you'll need to provide this with your application
- Students may then work for 20 hours per week
- Application details and forms: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/study/application
Certain countries are included on a visa-waiver list. Travellers from these countries are entitled to enter New Zealand without obtaining a visa if they are staying less than 3 months. They are also allowed to study within that period.
To view more information and to see if your country is on the visa-waiver list, please visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/
If you are not able to visit these offices you can also try the nearest New Zealand embassy to your country. For assistance refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Embassies/1-NZ-representatives-overseas/index.php
You can't get a student visa without proof of a start and end date (to determine whether the length of your course is valid for the student visa).
Once you are at Estudyabroad, we will be glad to help you change your visa or apply for a visa extension if necessary.
All fees paid will be refunded on receipt of written notification and proof of visa rejection prior to your start date.
A student can provide evidence that they have funds to support their own stay (Equivalent of NZD$1250/month for Student visa applicants and return flight ticket or evidence of funds available to pay for outward travel (additional NZD$1000).
The student will need to provide three months backdated bank statements, showing transactions of deposits and withdrawals. Please note any amounts over NZD$300 cash deposits will need to be explained.
Personal Overseas Bank accounts A student can provide evidence that they have funds to support their own stay.
The student will need to provide three months backdated bank statements, showing transactions of deposits and withdrawals. The bank statement needs to be translated into English. If using multiple accounts, a letter of explanation should also be provided and proof student has access to this account (usually a credit/debit card).
Estudyabroad will mail you a revised Letter of Acceptance to show new study dates. A failure to notify Estudyabroad about these changes can cause problems for you at the Port of Entry and/or New Zealand Embassy. If you want to begin before your start date, this is acceptable. Simply go to the school and let them know you want to start early.
If you travel to N.Z. after your start date, you will probably face problems at the Port of Entry, since it appears you failed to meet the requirement of reporting to the school by your start date. To prevent problems at the Port of Entry, you should contact Estudyabroad and ask that we postpone your start date if you are unable to arrive before your start date. At that time, Estudyabroad will mail you a revised Letter of Acceptance with a postponed start date.
Please note: If the start date changes it is important the end date does not exceed the expiry date of the student visa, otherwise a new visa will be required.
A valid (non-expired) passport
A valid (non-expired) Student Visa (if applicable)
Proof of outbound travel (if arriving on a visitor's visa)
Documents from Estudyabroad:
- Letter of Acceptance
For more information checkout the NZIS website: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/study/imacceptedtellmemore/arrivinginnewzealand/
If you do not meet eStudyabroad's full time study requirements while studying with a Student Visa, eStudyabroad will be obliged to notify NZIS of your status and you risk falling out of legal status with NZIS.
Working holiday visa information
To find out how many places are available and if you are eligible for the scheme, please visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/