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Student Visa

Everyone who comes to study in New Zealand from overseas must meet certain rules and requirements. If you are coming to New Zealand to study for more than three months, you will need a student visa.

People who do not need a student visa

You don’t need a visa if you are a citizen of New Zealand or Australia, you hold a New Zealand residence class visa, or you are the holder of a current Australian permanent residence visa including a current Australian resident return visa. If there are conditions on your Australian permanent residence visa or resident return visa, then you will need to apply for a student visa.

People undertaking short courses

If you want to undertake one or more short courses which are approved or exempted by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), for no more than three calendar months duration in total, you do not need a student visa or a variation of conditions. If you hold a temporary visa that is valid for 24 months or more, you can study one or more courses for up to three months in total in each 12-month period.

Length of stay

You can only stay in New Zealand on a student visa for a limited time.
If you are a full fee-paying student you may be granted a student visa for the period for which you have paid tuition fees (up to a maximum of four years). If your programme of study is based on the New Zealand academic year, and you’ve paid your fees for the year, you may be granted a student visa that expires on 31 March of the following year.

Part-time study

Ordinarily, you need to be studying full time to be eligible for a student visa. However, you may be allowed to study part time on a student visa if you are:

Coming to New Zealand to study for a maximum of nine months, your programme of study meets New Zealand’s foreign student policy requirements, you can show us that you have paid the tuition fees, and you meet our visitor requirements.
OR
in the final semester of a programme of study in New Zealand, resulting in a New Zealand qualification that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category.

Working while studying

You may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours each week and full-time during all scheduled vacations and/or during the summer vacation period. Tertiary students work rights

Part-time work rights

You do not have to have a job offer to work part-time (20 hours per week). Your full-time programme of study must meet one of the following criteria:

  • The programme of study is at least two years duration
  • The programme of study leads to a New Zealand qualification that qualifies for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of Immigration New Zealand’s Residence Instructions.
  • The programme of study is at least one academic year long and you are taking part in an approved tertiary exchange scheme.
  • The programme of study is at a private training establishment or tertiary institution, and the main purpose is to develop English language skills. You must also have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 5.0 or above in the general or academic module.

Full-time work rights

You may work full-time during all vacations scheduled by your education provider if you are undertaking a full-time programme of study of at least one academic year’s duration. An academic year means a programme of study of a minimum of 120 credits during a period of at least eight months (minimum of two semesters).

If your full-time programme of study has a duration of at least eight months (minimum of two semesters), but is less than 120 credits, you can work full-time over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. You do not have to have a job offer.

Levels awarded for the study in NZ

Level of Study in NZ

All major education providers have qualifications with these names and are registered with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), so you can be sure that you are studying for an approved qualification that has been assessed to ensure that it is high quality.

Tertiary Education Providers:

Tertiary education providers can offer courses to international students if they meet certain conditions.

Private training establishments (PTEs) can only offer international students approved courses that are longer than three months and registered with the NZQA. The PTE must be accredited by the NZQA to offer the course. Institutions including universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and wananga can only offer approved courses that are longer than three months and registered with the NZQA. The institution must be accredited to offer the course. The enrolment of an international student must not prevent a New Zealand student or an NZAID student from gaining a place at the same institution.

Health and character:

You have to meet our health and character requirements and prove to us that your intent is genuine.

Evidence of funds to support yourself:

To gain a student visa we want to see that you are able to meet your living costs during your stay. For this you need to provide the below information to Immigration New Zealand that you have:
Enough money held in New Zealand by you, or on your behalf.
An undertaking by another person to cover your accommodation and living costs
An undertaking by a New Zealand sponsor to cover your accommodation and living costs

Passport:

Your passport must be valid for at least three months past the end of your intended stay.

Visa requirements

Once you have a student Visa, you must meet certain conditions during your stay:

  • You must attend the place of study noted in your Visa.
  • You must be able to show that you are passing your course.
  • You must be able to show that you are passing your course.
  • You must obey New Zealand’s laws.
  • You must only stay in New Zealand for the time allowed by your Visa.
how can we help you?

Contact us at the Sharva office nearest to you or submit an inquiry online.

Sujit has been amazing at every step of my visa process. The paperwork was flawless and we succeeded in very smooth and very fast turnarounds for my Skilled Work Visa.

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