Immigration New Zealand, which is part of the Department of Labour, is the government authority responsible for issuing visas and permits to enter New Zealand. They have branches around the world. The information below is intended as a guide only. For full information see the Immigration New Zealand website. http://www.immigration.govt.nz.
You do not need a student visa for one or more courses of study, up to a total of three months, that the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has approved or exempted (see the NZQA website http://www.nzqa.govt.nz). In this case you may need to apply for a visitor visa. If you want to study for longer than 3 months, you can apply for a student visa while you’re here.
If you are outside New Zealand and planning to study full time for more than
3 months you’ll need a student visa.
You cannot include anyone else on your application. If your partner, your children, your parent/legal guardian, or anyone else will accompany you to New Zealand, they must apply separately for the type of visa they require.
To get a student visa you have to be enrolled in an approved course at an institution that has been accredited to offer that course.
If your application is approved, your passport must be valid for 3 months after your planned date of departure from New Zealand.
If you are spending at least six months in New Zealand you may need to provide a medical certificate to show that you meet the acceptable standard of health. What you must provide depends on:
For courses longer than 24 months, you'll also need to provide medical and x-ray certificates that are less than 3 months old.
If you’re over 17 and studying in New Zealand for longer than 24 months, you’ll need a police certificate to show that you are of good character.
People applying for student visas or permits who intend spending more than 6 months in New Zealand must be screened for tuberculosis (TB) if they:
For example, if you hold a UK passport and, at any time in the 5 years before applying, you spent 5 weeks in Thailand and 7 weeks in Fiji, you will need to have a TB screening examination. This does not apply to pregnant women and children under the age of 12.
If you already have a student visa you can apply for a variation of conditions to allow you to:
You will need to complete the form Application for Variation of Conditions (see Immigration New Zealand website to download). You will have to pay a fee if you are applying for a variation of conditions when you already have a visa to study.