New Zealand Visa Requirements

You will need a student visa if you wish to come to New Zealand to study full-time for more than 3 months. You can only get a student visa to study in a course at an education institution, which is registered and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Student Visa applications are processed by New Zealand Immigration Service, New Delhi.

Your student visa will be issued for the length of time your course tuition fees have been paid. If you are studying a long-term course at secondary school, University or Polytechnic you will normally pay your tuition fees every year. Visa application should be lodged at least 2 months prior to the course commencement date.

New Zealand Pre-visa Document Checklist

    1. Student Visa Application in Realme Account –
    2. Digital Passport Size photo as per the INZ requirement.
    3. Covering Letter
    4. Statement of Purpose
    5. Offer Letter from the Institution
    6. Guarantee of Accommodation or arrangements made
    7. Financial Undertaking Form
    8. Affidavit of Support from Sponsor
    9. Authorization Letter from Sponsor
    10. Evidence of Funds and Income in the form of:
      1. Loan Sanction letter
      2. Bank Statements / Bank Passbooks for past 6 months, not more than one week old
      3. Other movable and immovable Assets
      4. Chartered Accountant Statement / Summary Statement
      5. Last 3 years income tax papers of all family members
    11. If Tuition fee is paid in advance, then attach copy of fee receipt
    12. Educational Certificates, Mark sheets, Degrees and Diplomas
    13. IELTS / TOEFL / PTE score
    14. Work Experience Certificate, if employed
    15. All Passports
    16. Police Clearance Certificate from Regional Passport Office(PCC)
    17. Medical & T.B. X-ray Certificates from Panel Doctor

As part of your student visa application, you must provide evidence that you can cover your living expenses while studying in New Zealand. If you’re studying in New Zealand on a scholarship or a sponsor/family member has agreed to accept financial responsibility for you while you’re here, you may not be required to show proof of funds.

If you will be studying in New Zealand for more than one year, you‘ll need to prove that you have at least $15,000 to support yourself for the first year. If you’re studying for less than year, you must have at least $1250 for each month of study to contribute to your living expenses.

Living costs will depend on your lifestyle and which part of the country you live in. Some costs vary by region. For example, you may need to travel more in the main centres, and transport costs may be more expensive than in your home country.