New Zealand Student Visa

The New Zealand student visa will allow you to study in Australia for a period of up to 4 years. To be eligible for an New Zealand student visa you need to be full-time enrolled into educational courses in New Zealand. Contact us and get advice on how to apply for your New Zealand student visa!

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New Zealand Student Visa

New Zealand Student VisaNew Zealand is a beautiful country that welcomes visitors from abroad with open arms, including those who wish to take advantage of its high standard of education and training.

If you would like to study a short course in New Zealand for the duration of less than three months, a visitor visa is all that is required. Two or more short courses require a student visa or permit.

If you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen, hold a New Zealand residence permit or an Australian permanent residence/resident return visa (except for when conditions apply to your residence/resident return visa) you will NOT need to apply for a visa or permit to study in New Zealand.

For full-time courses longer than three months, you will probably need a student visa. This includes courses at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

You may be able to study part-time if your course is at least three years long and includes practical work experience, or if you are accepted into an approved course that is no longer than nine months long. In these cases, you may study and work part-time at the same time.

It is important that you thoroughly understand the conditions and outcomes of the course you wish to undertake before commencing the visa application process.

Please note that this outline is a guide only, as visa conditions are subject to change. It is advised that you log onto the New Zealand Immigration website to find out the latest news and conditions and contact our team.

Contact your home country’s New Zealand Government office for all application forms and thorough details of the visa application process and your eligibility.

To apply for a student visa, you are required to provide an offer of acceptance from a New Zealand education provider, which must include:

  1. A written place of offer for the course.
  2. The name and duration of the course.
  3. Proof that the course is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), which will ensure it is of a high educational standard.
  4. The cost of the course fees and whether this is in New Zealand dollars or your own currency.
  5. Whether these fees need to be paid (in which case a receipt must be provided when your application has been approved in principle) or whether you are on a scholarship or exempt from fees.
  6. Whether you are studying full-time (longer than 20 hours per week) or part time (less than 20 hours per week).

This offer of acceptance must be provided with a completed ‘Student Visa/Permit Application’ form from the New Zealand Immigration Website, the application fee and a passport-sized photograph. The website also includes a useful application guide to help you through the process.

Further details which must be provided include:

  1. A written guarantee of accommodation either from your education provider or other relevant person assuring appropriate housing will be available to you.
  2. Proof of adequate health and travel insurance.
  3. Accompaniment by a guardian, if required.
  4. Your passport, which must remain valid through to three months after the end of your study period.
  5. Proof that you plan to leave New Zealand at the end of your study period.
  6. An acceptable standard of health and of good character (if the stay is longer than two years, a police background check and medical check will need to be undertaken).
  7. Evidence that you will have access to appropriate funds during your stay in New Zealand, depending on the duration of the course.

If successful, you must continue to satisfy the conditions of your student permit during your stay in New Zealand.

This includes:

  1. Attending the place of study in your permit.
  2. Continuing to pass your course.
  3. Not undertaking work, or only undertaking the amount specified in your permit (up to 20 hours a week).
  4. Abiding by New Zealand’s laws.
  5. Only remaining in New Zealand for the time specified in your permit.
  6. Remaining accompanied by a guardian if necessary, with the guardian’s visa remaining valid.

If any of these conditions are broken, you may have your permit revoked and will be required to leave New Zealand.

Certain conditions such as the course or institution you are studying at and your ability to work whilst studying may be applied for after your initial permit is granted through a student permit variation.

New Zealand offers world class Educational institutions.

New Zealand Student VisaBoth Higher Education and Secondary School level Institute are acknowledged as some of the best in the world. With large campuses, fantastic facilities and qualified and professional teachers. It is no wonder that many international students are interested in studying here.

After a student has chosen a course and institute that they wish to study at, they will need to apply to the institute directly. Once accepted the student will be sent via post a confirmation letter proving their acceptance. An international student will need to keep this letter in order to apply for a Student Visa.

The Student Visa can be applied for through Immigration New Zealand, any student studying full time in an approved and accredited course must apply for a Student Visa. If the student does not have the required visa they will not be accepted into the country.

Those who do not require a Student Visa or Permit include, New Zealand citizens, Australian citizens, if the student holds a New Zealand Resident Permit, or if the student has an Australian Residence Visa including a current Australian Residence Return Visa.

A student studying an approved short course, which runs for 3 months or less does not need to apply for a Student Visa. In this case the student will need to apply for a Visitor Visa. However if a student plans to study another short course during the duration of the first course or commencing after the completion of the first course, they will need to apply for a Student Visa.

High School exchange students will require a Student Visa also, although the requirements for the application may be different to those studying Higher Education courses. The exchange student will need to provide evidence of their acceptance into the Student Exchange Scheme and have onward travel plans for after completion of the Exchange Scheme. They must also meet Health and Character requirements.

For students aged 13 years or under, they must be accompanied by a Student Guardian who holds a Student Guardian Visa. Any person holding a Student Guardian Visa must be able to support both themselves and the child whilst in New Zealand.

All Student Visa applicants are required to provide the following information:

  1. Proof of acceptance.
  2. The name of the course including the minimum time required to complete it.
  3. Proof that the Educational Institute meets the requirements for International Students.
  4. Proof of how much the course will cost in total.
  5. Evidence of what the student has to pay, including whether the sum is in domestic or foreign currency.
  6. Whether the course is Full or Part time study.
  7. Proof that the student can support themselves financially whilst in New Zealand.
  8. Proof of intention to leave New Zealand after completion of the course.
  9. A valid Passport.

Any person applying for a Visa in New Zealand must meet Health and Character requirements. Applicants must provide a current medical certificate as well as a Tuberculosis clearance in the form of a chest x-ray. Please note children under the age of 11 and pregnant women are not required to provide a Tuberculosis clearance. Any applicant aged 17 years or older must also provide a current Police certificate.

Once the Immigration Department of New Zealand has contacted the applicant stating that their visa has been approved.

The student must understand the rules and regulations a visa holder must abide by whilst in New Zealand.

  1. A student must attend their course at the place of intention.
  2. If a student is accompanied by a Student Guardian, they must live with this person.
  3. The student must show that they are passing the course of study.
  4. The student is only allowed to work the hours that are showed on their student permit.
  5. A visa holder must abide by New Zealands laws.
  6. The visa holder must only stay in New Zealand for the course duration.

Applying for a Student Visa may seem like a complicated process, how ever once the Student Visa has been attained a stay in New Zealand is a very rewarding and exciting experience.

Student Visa New Zealand Requirements

To enter New Zealand you will be required to obtain a visa or permit, these are available through application via Immigration New Zealand also known as the Department of Labour. Immigration New Zealand has branches located all over the world.

Studying in New Zealand as a Visitor

If you are studying a course in New Zealand that goes for a period of 3 months or less then you will not require a student permit. How ever if the course extends this period of time it will be required that the student applies for a student permit.

Going to New Zealand to Study

Unless your home country has an agreement with New Zealand, then international students wishing to study in New Zealand for 3 months or longer full time will need to apply for a student visa as well as a student permit.

Application Requirements

As a visa requirement students will need to be enrolled in an approved course at an accredited institution.

Applications will need:

Your Student Visa application will require students to provide a passport size photograph of themselves, payment of a application fee (this is non refundable), a letter proving an offer at a accredited institute (this letter must include information stating your acceptance, course name, course duration and course fee requirements), proof of payment, an institute representative must provide written guarantee that the student will have accommodation whilst in New Zealand, evidence that the student will be able to support themselves during their stay and a return plane ticket to their home country.

Valid Passport

After a student visa application is approved, it is required that the student has a valid passport which will not expire for up to 3 months after the commencement of their course.

Medical Checks

For those studying courses which run longer then 24 months and medical certificate and x-rays must be provided which are less then 3 months old. Visa requirements also state that a person over the age of 17 must provide a valid police certificate as well.

Screening for Tuberculosis

If a person has never provided a medical screening test to Immigration New Zealand, if they do not have a passport stating they are from a low risk TB country or if they have spent more then 3 months in a country of high risk TB. It is required that the visa applicant be screened for Tuberculosis if they intend to stay in New Zealand for 6 months of longer. These rules do not apply to pregnant women or children aged 12 years or younger.

What you should do

It is important that when submitting your visa application all required documents are included. This includes all x-rays and medical certificates. When submitting the application include a copy of the Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate as well as the Chest X-ray Plate.

Student Visa New Zealand Requirements and Procedures

If you want to study in New Zealand for less than three months, you don't require a student permit or New Zealand visa. For stay of more than three months, international students will require a student permit or visa unless their country of origin has a special agreement with New Zealand.

Application requirements

  • A recent passport size photograph
  • Payment of due application fee
  • Evidence of "Offer of Place" as stated in your offer letter
  • Evidence of payment of fees
  • A written guarantee from your educational institution of suitable accommodation for you in New Zealand
  • A return ticket or evidence of sufficient funds to travel back home

Tuberculosis screening

This is for applicants who have not submitted a full medical test to the New Zealand Immigration Service, do not hold a passport identified as belonging to a low TB risk country or have spent a combined total of three months or more in the five years before application in a country identified as a low TB risk country.
You should make appointment for a chest x-ray, ensure that you take the Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate (NZIS Form 1096) and ensure when submitting your application to attach it with the Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate and the chest x-ray plate.

Identified low TB risk countries

The Netherlands
New Zealand*
Puerto Rico
San Marino
The United Kingdom
The United Stated
Vatican City

Study in New Zealand - Student Visa Health Requirements

When you apply for your visa or permit we need to be assured that you and any family members with you are healthy.  We make this requirement to safeguard the well being of New Zealanders and to avoid placing a burden on the country’s health and social services.  We also want to ensure that people entering New Zealand are fit for the purpose they have come here for.  
Generally, the New Zealand Immigration Service will decline your application for a visa or permit if: 

  • there is any likelihood you’ll need dialysis treatment
  • you have active tuberculosis (TB) – if you are on anti-TB
  • treatment we’ll delay making a decision about your visa or
  • permit until you’ve had six months of treatment 
  • you have required either hospital or residential care for a mental disorder or intellectual disability for more than 90 days in the last two years
  • you have a physical incapacity that requires full time care. 

The New Zealand Immigration Service may also decline your application if you:

  • have some other infectious or communicable disease or
  • you need surgery that may add to the burden of the New Zealand health system.

If you’re coming to New Zealand to study for more than six months or intend to stay in New Zealand for more than six months you must provide a completed Temporary X-ray Certificate form (NZIS 1096) if:

  • you’re NOT from a low TB risk country
  • you’ve spent (lived and/or visited) a combined total of three months or more in a country or countries not identified as a low TB risk country in the past five years before you apply.  

If you are coming to New Zealand to study for more than two years, you and any family members coming with you need to complete a Medical and X-ray Certificate (NZIS 1007). Want to know how you get a Medical and X-ray Certificate? 

Pregnant women and children under the age of 11 years are not required to submit x-ray certificates unless a special report is required.

For full details on health requirements, see the New Zealand Immigration Service Health Requirements Leaflet (NZIS 1121).

New Zealand Student Visa for School Visits

New Zealand Student Visa

Generally there are two kinds of primary and secondary schools in New Zealand that can offer places to international students. These are the state or integrated schools funded and accredited by the Government to enrol full-fee paying international students, and the private, fee-funded schools accredited  by the Government to enrol fee-paying international students.

The state schools give priority to domestic and NZAID scholarship students, while the private schools give equal priority to domestic and international students.

To be granted a student visa, applicants need to show an offer of a place at a school, the name and minimum time of the course, proof that both the school and the course are accredited by the Government, the fees for the course of study and whether you have to pay the fees.

You will need a guardian to accompany you if you are enrolling in years 1 to 8 or are under 13 years of age and enrolled in a private school. There are also health and character requirements and the Government needs you to show that your application is genuine.

As an international student, you will need to prove to prove to the Government that you have the money you need to support you during your stay, which would be roughly $10,000 or more per year, or that the money is being held in New Zealand on your behalf.

If someone in New Zealand is intending to cover your costs and accommodation, or sponsor you, or you have an offer of financial assistance for
a Government agency, you’ll need to give proof of this before you leave for New Zealand. You also need a valid passport and proof that you intend to leave the country when you study is finished.

There are some conditions that go with your study permit. For example, you have to actually attend the designated place of study and pass your courses. If you came with a guardian you have to stay with them. You have to obey New Zealand’s laws, only work if your permit allows you to, and leave the
country when your course is finished.

You can only stay in New Zealand for the length of your course, as long as the fees are paid. If you beach any of these conditions your permit may be revoked and you will have to leave the country.

AA Education Network will answer your questions about high school study in New Zealand – visas, schools, travel arrangements, accommodation and general living.

Contact us today and one of our counsellors will be happy to assist you organise and plan your trip.

New Zealand Student Visa for High School Students.


The New Zealand government offers student visa's for both Primary and Secondary school students, in order to apply for one of these visa's you must have gained acceptance into a New Zealand High School and have the evidence to back it up. This documentation must be included in your visa application.

A requirement for study in New Zealand is that you are accompanied by a parent or guardian in New Zealand. You must also meet the health requirements for any new person entering the country. You must not have ever committed a serious crime or offence, and your parent or guardian must provide evidence of being able to support themselves financially whilst in New Zealand. You must also have a valid passport.

There will be various visa fee's applicable, the cost of these fee's will be dependant on your country of origin, length of intended stay and visa type that you are applying for.

The assessment process will consist of the Immigration of New Zealand office checking to see that all details provided are true and correct, they will conduct a background check, check any references and verify what your intent for coming to New Zealand is. As each applicant varies, the immigration department will let you know within 14 days how long the assessment process may take.

The Immigration Department will contact you with the results of your visa application once completed. Please contact us to get started!

Working on a student visa in New Zealand

Working on a student visa in New ZealandWhen can International Student Undertake Work Assignments?

While Pursuing Studies

International students can work when they are either studying, take up New Zealand internships or when they have completed their studies and gather a good work experience. While pursuing their studies, students can work only when:

  • The curriculum is a two-year full-time event at a private institution.
  • The curriculum ends in a certification which entitles the student to quality as a Skilled Migrant.
  • The curriculum is a full-time secondary schooling session, such as Year 12 or Year 13. A written consent from school and parents is required.
  • The curriculum is at least six-months session at a private institute or tertiary institute. The New Zealand Immigration Officer gives the consent that the curriculum requires the learning of English language skills. At the time the student gets the visa, he or she must have attained an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of at least 5.0
  • The curriculum is usually of NZQA Level 5 or higher diploma courses

…And, the working hours are within 20 hours per week (including holidays).The student can also work with a student visa if:

The curriculum requires work experience or internship
The curriculum is a yearly full-time event with Christmas or New Year holiday. The students can work during the holiday.

After Completing Studies

International students can also work when they have completed their curriculum, if they have:

  • Secured employment corresponding to their qualification that they have pursued in New Zealand
  • Completed at least a three-year curriculum
  • Qualified for Skilled Migrant Category

…And, even if there is no offer for employment, the student can work if he or she has acquired a qualification that has earned them enough points to quality for Residence Skilled Migrant Category. The student would then be entitled for a Graduate Job Search Work Visa.

How can a Graduate Student Start Working for Any Employer?
If an international student completes studies, becomes a graduate, and acquires a qualification under Residence Skilled Migrant Category, he or she would be entitled for Graduate Job Search Work Visa. This visa allows a graduate to work after completing studies in New Zealand. The following sub-categories are followed, such as:

  • It can be the usual visa valid for a 12-month period. The visa allows graduates to work as trainees under Study to Work category and take up jobs offered by employers.
  • It can be a two-year Graduate Job Search Visa if the graduates have studied in New Zealand on a skill-set that allows an employer to offer them a long-term skilled assignment
  • It can be a three-year work visa if the international student studying in New Zealand requires two or more years of practical experience to acquire a membership or registration from a certified organization.

…And, there is Study to Work visa where the student qualifies under Skilled Migrant Category.

What to Expect from the Employee to Get a Legal and Ethical Work Experience as an International Student with Graduate Job Search Visa?
The Graduate Job Search Visa is an important document which an international student must have to work in New Zealand. Other criteria include:

  • The end-date of the visa must correspond with the end date of the project.
  • The employer complies with the Employment Law.
  • The Job Position must match with the qualification of the graduate – as completed in New Zealand.
  • The Job must be a full-time one.
  • The Job must entitle completed supplementary form.

How to Start Work When the Student is Already in New Zealand?
For those international students who are already in New Zealand, have required qualifications to start work, but don’t have required visa that would allow them to work, the Variation of Conditions of the student visa can help them to work. The students need to apply at the nearest immigration or visa-related office for this option.

What are the Pre-Requisites for Foreign Students with a Job Offer to Work under Study to Work Category?
If a student does not have a Graduate Job Search Visa, he or she must have a Work Visa within three months after the end date of the student visa. Apart from what the employer wants, the international student who wants to work in New Zealand must meet “health” and “character” pre-requisites.


The international students should have an acceptable health condition. They should not have:

Active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB)
Health issues that require hospitalization, residential care, costly medicines or disability services
Issue related ORRS funding

To study in New Zealand, the international student must have a good and amiable character. There should not be any incidents related to:

  • Imprisonment
  • Prohibition
  • Deportation
  • Criminal offence

Useful Mandatory Evidence for one-year or two-year work permit:

  • Acquire job offer that corresponds to the qualification acquired in News Zealand
  • Acquire qualifications that is under Skilled Migrant Category

Useful Mandatory Evidence for three-year professional duties to get membership or registration:

  • The need for membership or registration is essential to perform professional job in New Zealand
  • The professional association under whom the student is working has a consent to the job position
  • The qualification attained by the student must meet the standards of those allowed in New Zealand

What are the Pre-Requisites for Foreign Students without a Job Offer to Work under Study to Work Category?
Similar rules applicable for Graduate Job Search Visa are followed for international students who want to work but don’t have a job right now. One rule added here includes:

The students without a job must give evidence of securing at least NZ$ 2,100 to maintain self during the year’s stay in New Zealand. Travelers check or bank credentials under the name of the student are generally accepted as the evidence.

What are the Pre-Requisites for Foreign Students Getting a Work Experience to Complete a Curriculum?
There can be situations where a student may have to complete a practical job work to complete a training or study curriculum. In such a case, the student requires a Work Visa under Student and Trainee Work Instructions. There are three categories under this section and the student must comply with pre-requisites:

  • Meet “Health” and “Character” requirements
  • Provide consent proof from education institute requiring this traineeship
  • Provide consent proof to work from employer

Dental or Medical Traineeship
Dental or medical trainees must comply with the aforesaid pre-requisites as well as:

  • Acquire qualification for the job offer
  • Surrender student visa or visitor visa (if any)
  • Acquire letter of acceptance from the New Zealand Hospital

Jockey Traineeship
Jockeys who have attained at least 16 years or more must comply with the aforesaid pre-requisites and also:

  • Acquire a written guarantee from New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing corp. on the financial requirements
  • Acquire a written guarantee from the trainer that the cost of going back to the native country could be met in case of an unsuccessful traineeship

…Finally, the student needs to apply through proper channel with legal documents and evidence to get a proper working visa.

New Zealand Student Visa

New Zealand Student Visa: A Perfect Way to Immigrate to the Economically Prosperous Country

A New Zealand visa granted to an international student would allow him or her to study and work part-time in the country. After graduation, it is even possible to apply for Graduate Work Experience visa under Study to Work category.

These students are expected to get plush jobs in the country and add a considerable value to the economy after they pass out from coveted New Zealand colleges. Getting a student visa would also allow the student to travel in and out of New Zealand for unlimited number of times as well.

Basic Requirement for Getting Student Visa
The New Zealand Immigration Authorities have applied strict rules since 2011 for granting student visas. An Offer of Place is a must for the student to get a student visa. This document would entail the following:

  • The course name and course duration
  • The college document where the student has been selected to study the course.
  • The document which shows that the college meets the curriculum requirement meant for international students
  • The course fee
  • The course program where number of study hours per week is mentioned
  • Minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score to check the proficiency in English language

…And, to get the student visa, the course must be at least 3 months long. Additionally, the student must study full-time or 20 hours per week. If the number of study hours is less, the education provider must specify at least three papers or something alike for each semester. It is also necessary for the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to endorse the course before you get the student visa.

English Requirement
A certain level of proficiency in English is required for getting a student visa. For tertiary education in colleges in New Zealand, you must have a minimum score of 5.5 in the IELTS examination. This English test primarily assesses the proficiency of the language among international students. The score however defers from one institute to another. It also varies from one course to another. For instance, an English language school would require at least 6.0 (Academic) IELTS score for students studying a mainstream course. Introductory courses would require 5.5 score.

Miscellaneous Requirement
Students planning to get a student visa to study in a New Zealand college must have a health and character certificate. There must be a sponsor to sponsor student for the course and his or her stay in the country. Students with relatives sponsoring them would be preferred.

Applying for Student Visa
To apply for a New Zealand student visa, a foreign student must:

  • Fill in and sign the Student Visa Application
  • Send the required form to the visa processing office with the application fee, documents required as proof, and certifications as needed.

The immigration authorities would check the application and grant the student visa if it finds the application and the student’s needs “bona fide”.

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