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New Zealand Student Visa: Requirements and Eligibility

Studying in New Zealand offers a unique chance for international students. They can immerse themselves in a diverse and inclusive school environment. New Zealand student visa applications are up 20% from the peak in 2022- 23.[1]

But, navigating the process of obtaining a student visa can seem daunting. In this blog post, we will discuss the types of student visas. We will cover the application process.

You will need certain documents to meet English language requirements. We will also cover how Transglobal Overseas can help you.

Types of Student Visa

Types of Student VisaDescriptionDuration
Student Visa (Fee Paying)for Indian students enrolling in full-time programs at registered New Zealand institutionsUntil the duration of the course or max 4 year
Exchange Student Visastudents participating in short-term exchange programsDepending on the course lasts up to 4 years
Foreign Government-Supported Student VisaThe app is for students. The Indian government or another foreign government funds their studies.Up to 4 years
Pathway Student Visacombine up to three pre-approved programs into a single visa applicationMax 5 years
Post-Study Work visaAfter completing your course at a New Zealand universityLast for 1, 2, or 3 years

How to Apply for a Student Visa?

In 2022, 58% of Indian students applying for a New Zealand student visa were approved (8,810 applications received).[2] To apply for a New Zealand student visa, here’s a step-by-step guide: 

  1. Choose a Course and Institution: Decide on the course and institution you want to attend. Ensure that the institution is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
  2. Check Visa Requirements: Visit the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website to understand the specific requirements for a student visa based on your nationality and the duration of your course.
  3. Apply for Admission: Apply and gain acceptance into your chosen institution. You’ll typically need to submit academic transcripts, proof of English proficiency (if required), and other relevant documents.
  4. Gather Required Documents: Collect the necessary documents for your visa application. These may include:

   – A valid passport.

   – Proof of funds to support yourself during your stay.

   – A medical certificate, if required.

   – A police clearance certificate from countries you’ve lived in for 5 years or more since age 17.

  1. Create an Immigration Online Account: Create an account on the Immigration New Zealand website and complete the student visa application form online. Upload scanned copies of your documents and pay the application fee.
  2. Biometrics and Health Checks: Depending on your nationality and the duration of your stay, you may need to provide biometric information (such as fingerprints and a photo) and undergo a medical examination.
  3. Wait for Processing: After submitting your application, wait for it to be processed by Immigration New Zealand. Processing times vary based on the workload and your circumstances.
  4. Receive Decision: Once your application is processed, you’ll receive a decision on your visa application. If approved, you’ll receive your visa electronically or stamped in your passport.
  5. Travel to New Zealand: With your student visa approved, you can make travel arrangements to New Zealand. Make sure to arrive before the start date of your course.

Remember to check the INZ website regularly for updates on visa processing times and any changes to visa requirements.

Immigration Cost for New Zealand Study Visa

As an applicant from India, your immigration cost and receiving centre fee will depend on the kind of submission you make – online or paper.[3]

Type of submissionApplication costReceiving centre fee
Online$ 230$ 24
Paper$ 330$ 17

Explore more: How Much Money Is Required to Study in New Zealand?

English Language Requirements

The English language requirements for New Zealand student visas can vary depending on factors such as the level of study, the institution, and the specific course requirements. Generally, there are three main ways to demonstrate English proficiency:

  1. English Language Tests: Many students fulfil the language requirement by taking internationally recognized English language tests such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic, or Cambridge English exams (CAE or CPE). Each institution may have its minimum score requirements, so it’s essential to check with your chosen institution.
  2. Previous Education in English: If you have completed a qualification in English in a country where English is the primary language (such as the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand), you may be exempt from providing further evidence of English proficiency. However, the level and duration of study required for exemption can vary, so it’s crucial to confirm this with your institution.
  3. Waivers or Exemptions: In some cases, you may be eligible for a waiver or exemption from the English language requirement. This could be based on factors such as citizenship, completion of specific academic qualifications, or participation in an approved English language program.

Tips for Meeting the Requirement

Here are some tips to help you meet the English language need for your New Zealand student visa:

Start early. Begin preparing for English tests well before your visa application. This allows time for study and retakes if needed.

Choose the Right Test. Research your chosen school’s accepted English test. Find the one that suits you best.

Familiarize yourself with the test’s format. Practice to improve your skills.

Consider Preparation Courses. If you need more support, consider taking an English language prep course. Or, get private tuition to improve your language.

Seek advice. Ask your chosen institution if you’re unsure about the English requirements. Ask how to meet them. You can also take the help of our new zealand study visa consultant.

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What is the processing time for a New Zealand student visa?

The processing time for a student visa can vary but generally takes around 4-6 weeks.

Can I work while studying in New Zealand?

Yes, students with a valid visa can work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during holidays.

Is an interview compulsory for a New Zealand student visa?

Yes, everyone applying needs to pass a mandatory New Zealand visa interview. They will face an immigration officer before getting final visa approval.

Can I bring my parents to New Zealand on a student visa?

Yes, parents and legal guardians can visit New Zealand. They can live with and care for their children who are studying there.

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