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:
Some additional documentation may include:
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:
You may also have to appear for a personal interview at the New Zealand embassy or consulate.
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|
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:
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.