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New Zealand Student Visa

Types of Visa
Student visa: Applicable to students pursuing courses longer than 3 months. Subject to meeting specific criteria, students with this visa may be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week to partially fund their education and stay.
Visitor visa: Applicable to students attending programs of less than 3 months duration.
Pathway student visa: Applicable to students planning to take up to three back to back courses for up to a maximum of 5 years.
In addition to the above, students can look for work experience after their study can apply for a post-study work visa that is valid for a maximum of 3 years.

Visa Application Process
  • Obtain admission to a certified educational institution
  • Complete visa application form and submit at a VAC(Visa application center)
  • Submit passport and other supporting documentation as per checklist for the specific visa category
  • Pay the application fee (approx INR 1087)
  • Collect the visa and passport or pay a fee to VAC for courier processing

  • Supporting Documents Required
  • An acceptable offer of a place with a New Zealand education provider
  • Cover letter and statement of purpose
  • Evidence of identity - PAN/Aadhaar or passport pages
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Proof of funds available to pay the tuition fees(typical range between NZD 25000 to 50000) and support living expenses(NZD. 1250/month if course duration is less than 36 weeks and NZD 15000 if the duration is more than one year)
  • Undertaking from a financial guarantor to fund the entire duration of the course and evidence of relationship with the guarantor
  • Chest X-ray and medical certificate
  • Police certificate
  • Offers of place from each education provider for Pathway student visa
  • Joint pathway visa cover letter from the pathway education providers in case the study includes more than one education provider
  • Evidence of English language proficiency- for example, Pearson Test of English(PTE) test result
  • Visa processing times can vary so you should apply in plenty of time. It can take up to 3 months to process your application, but you can check up to date estimates here.

    New Zealand visa fees
    The current charge for a Fee Paying Student Visa is NZ$275, you can check up to date charges on the immigration website here.
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