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Student Visa Requirements for New Zealand

Applying for a NZ student visa? Here’s help!

The New Zealand Government provides an opportunity to all Indian students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first. The visa you need will depend on the type of study you want to pursue, and how long you intend to stay in New Zealand. 

If you are over 18 years and plan to study in New Zealand for more than six months, here’s an overview of the types of student visa available for you:

S.No. Types of student visa Description
1
Fee Paying Student Visa
Study full-time for up to four years and be able to work part-time
2
Exchange Student Visa
Study full-time for up to four years for an approved student exchange program
3
Foreign Government Supported Student Visa
Study full-time for up to four years on a foreign government loan or scholarship
4
Pathway Student Visa
Study up to five years for 3 consecutive courses on a single student visa and be able to work part-time

As an Indian student, you would most commonly require a Fee Paying Student visa. 

While studying in New Zealand, it’s important to maintain your Fee Paying student status. This status relates to the purpose, or reason why you came to New Zealand.

Documentation required for New Zealand’s Fee Paying student visa

  • Academic preparation documents such as transcripts, diplomas, degrees or certificates
  • Current application form – student visa application form
  • Visa application fee
  • Tuition fee receipt showing payment to date
  • Passport-sized photographs

You may also have to show evidence that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses throughout the period of your stay. You will need to show you have NZ$ 15,000 for a full year of study or NZ$1,250 per month*. This may include:

  • A scholarship program 
  • Bank statements
  • Financial undertaking by a sponsor to cover accommodation and living costs
  • Evidence that you are leaving New Zealand after the completion of your course. This can be in the form of flight tickets, however, it is optional 
  • A police certificate if you are aged 17 years or over and plan to study for more than 24 months. A police certificate is a document which is used as evidence of good character
  • An X-ray certificate – you will need to have a chest x-ray if you are staying in New Zealand for more than six months, or if you’re a citizen of a country with a relatively high incidence of tuberculosis, or if you’ve spent more than three months in the last five years in a country with a relatively high incidence of tuberculosis
  • Full medical examination 

You may also have to appear for a personal interview at the New Zealand embassy or consulate.  

Applying for your visa online

You’ll have to apply for your student visa application online using the New Zealand Immigration website. You can apply up to 120 days before your intended date of program’s start date. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.

How can we help you?

If you’re an IDP student with an offer letter from any of our partner institutions in New Zealand, we can advise you on how to go about the entire process. We’ll make sure you are fully informed on the latest visa requirements and conditions; also help you prepare the right documents for your submission. 

Our team of experts will direct you to the official websites and to authorised immigration representatives to ensure you have the latest applications forms and guidance. To reduce the hassle, we can also help to certify, translate and courier your documents. 

Visa fee

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

Type of submission Application cost Receiving centre fee
Online
NZD 530 (approx. INR 23,330)
INR 722
Paper
INR 24,500
INR 1,087

English language requirements

To gain your New Zealand student visa, you’ll have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. The IELTS results are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.

The minimum IELTS score required for your New Zealand student visa is 5.5 band in each module. 

Know more about IELTS

You can always contact us for a free counselling session and we can guide you on how to go about the entire visa application process. 

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