Applying for a NZ Student Visa?

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:

Documentation required for New Zealand’s Fee Paying student visa

To apply for a visa to New Zealand, you will generally need:

  • 1. Your passport, which must be valid for at least three months after your period of stay in New Zealand
  • 2. A letter of acceptance from a New Zealand education provider, which states the minimum course duration, total tuition fee and whether the tuition fee is in domestic and foreign currency. The course must be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority


Some additional documentation may include:

  • 1. Academic preparation documents such as transcripts, diplomas, degrees or certificates
  • 2. Current application form – student visa application form
  • 3. Visa application fee
  • 4. Tuition fee receipt showing payment to date
  • 5. 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:

  • 1. A scholarship program
  • 2. Bank statements
  • 3. Financial undertaking by a sponsor to cover accommodation and living costs
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Full medical examination


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

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 270 (approx. INR 13,033) INR 690
Paper INR 14,300 INR 1,038



Additional Information

As an international student, you must complete your course within the minimum course duration listed on your acceptance letter. If you do not yet have a job offer, you may apply for a Post-study work visa. Visas granted are valid for up to 12 months and allow you to work in a temporary job while you look for a job in your field.

You can work part-time for up to 20 hours per week if your program of study meets one of these criteria:

  • 1. It is at least two years in duration.
  • 2. It leads to a New Zealand qualification that qualifies for points towards an application for a Skilled Migrant visa.
  • 3. It is a 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 modules.

You may work full-time during all vacations if you are enrolled in a full-time program of study of at least one academic year’s duration. If your full-time program of study has a duration of at least eight months, and is a minimum of two semesters, but is less than 120 credits, you can work full-time over the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

If you are enrolled in Masters by research or doctoral degree programs awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, there are no restrictions on the hours you can work.