This page contains branch-specific information, and answers frequently-asked questions, for Filipino nationals and other nationals residing in the Philippines, wishing to study in New Zealand.
This category includes students studying at private training establishments, such as those offering English Language courses. Students under this category must be able to pay their own fees and maintain themselves for the whole duration of their programme of study whether by themselves or with the help of family members, friends, home governments or organisations.
Students applying under this category must be able to meet the requirements set out in immigration instructions U3.1.
For a complete list of the documents you need to submit, you may refer to the INZ Manila Student Visa Application Checklist.
Students are required to provide evidence that they have the means to pay for their tuition fees and to support themselves while in New Zealand. They need NZ$1,250 for each month of their declared study plan, or NZ$15,000 per year if studying a course lasting 36 weeks or longer.
We recommend that student visa applicants submit bank certificates with a signed authorization to allow INZ Manila to verify history and stability of funds. Any other financial documents to show availability of funds may also be provided in support of your application. You must be able to establish the source of the funds that you have declared.
No. We require clients/financial guarantors to present evidence that will establish that the funds are from a genuine source and will genuinely available to the student for their maintenance in New Zealand.
Yes. We conduct verification of documents submitted by applicants.
Not necessarily. Funds are only one factor that is taken into consideration in the assessment of a student visa application.
This form does not need to be submitted by self-funded students.
If your study in New Zealand will be funded, wholly or in part by someone else, you must submit the Financial Undertaking for a Student (INZ 1014) PDF [153KB] form. This form can be completed by a person who is in the applicant’s home country, in New Zealand or in a third country
The FTS model is designed for student visa applicants at INZ Manila who are required to demonstrate financial ability as per immigration instruction U3.20.
Undergoing the FTS allows a faster assessment of one’s financial ability. It does not guarantee the approval of your student visa application as the fund requirement is only one aspect of the application.
Apart from the requirements mentioned in the checklist, a student must satisfy Immigration New Zealand of their genuine intention to take up and finish their course. Some of the factors that we consider when assessing if you are a genuine student are your knowledge of the course you wish to study, your interest in the field of study you’ve chosen and the relevance of your previous study or work experience to your selected programme.
It can take six to eight weeks from the time your medical certificate is sent to NZ before we received feedback from our Medical Assessors in NZ. INZ Manila sends the medical certificates every Friday and receives the assessed certificates from the medical assessor in New Zealand every Thursday.
If you have active or old healed TB, your medical certificates are likely to be referred to a medical assessor. Applicants with a history of TB should provide all documentation (X-ray films/plates/scans) to show recent and past history of diagnosis and treatment. X-ray films/plates/scans should have corresponding reports attached. We also strongly recommend that the results of three sputum cultures be attached to your medical certificate as they will be required by the medical assessor.
Please note that AFB smears are different from sputum cultures and are unlikely to meet the requirements to the medical assessor.
Yes. You or your contact person will either receive an email or a call from your immigration officer.
There is no need to submit a police clearance however you may be required to submit an NBI clearance. All NBI clearances should be no more than six (6) months old at the time the application is lodged.
No. You do not have to supply a NBI clearance if you:
You are also not required to provide a NBI clearance if you are applying for further student visa and:
If you do not meet the criteria above, you will be required to obtain a police or similar certificate from your country of citizenship; and from any country in which you have lived for five or more years (whether on one visit or intermittently) since attaining the age of 17 years.
In most cases, the length of the visa depends on the length of your course, and the period for which course fees have been paid.
However, certain personal circumstances may affect the length of your visa as well. Most common one is your passport expiry date. We cannot grant a visa which is beyond the expiry date of your passport. Your student visa will have to expire before your passport does. In situations where we are unable to grant the full length of a visa due to a passport’s validity, we will inform the applicants if they are eligible to apply for their visa to be transferred to their passport once renewed.
Certain student visa holders are granted visa conditions that allow them to work in NZ. International students now have more opportunities to gain work experience while studying. It may also be possible for students to work in New Zealand after they have completed their studies.
Students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week and/or during holidays within the academic year as long as they are undertaking a full-time course of study in New Zealand (see Instructions U13.15). Usually this refers to NZQA Level 5 or higher diploma courses.
Yes. If you wish to attend a different course or a different institute than the one your student visa is granted for, you must apply for a Variation of Conditions on your visa first. Please note that this process will not change the expiry date on your current visa. If your visa will be expiring soon, you may prefer to apply for a whole new student visa instead.
For more information about Variation of Conditions please refer to student page of the Immigration website and Instructions U7.5.
Your New Zealand qualification will enable you to apply for a post-study work visa if it earns points under SMC and:
Please note: an academic year is a minimum of two semesters during a period of at least eight months continuous study.
Dependent children of work visa holders may be granted student visa unless the work visa holder has been granted under any of the following categories:
Dependent children include:
No, if you are applying for a student visa as a dependent child of long term visa worker, evidence of enrolment is not required.
Dependent children of holders of work visas granted under the Essential Skills work instructions after 30 November 2009.
However, dependent children are not required to be assessed against the Essential Skills minimum income threshold if their parent/s:
The minimum income threshold is $35,019 gross per annum and it must be met and maintained wholly by the salary or wages of a parent or parents holding an Essential Skills work visa.
The minimum income threshold excludes employment-related allowances (for example overtime, tool or uniform allowances, medical insurance, accommodation) and must be calculated on the basis of no more than 40 hours' work per week.
They are considered a domestic students for the purpose of attending primary and secondary schools only.
The following are considered to be domestic students for the purposes of attending primary and secondary schools and are exempt from paying foreign course fees(See Instructions U3.35.5):
No. Dependent children of NZ residents will become domestic students if they themselves are granted NZ resident visas.
No, not unless you also hold a valid resident visa.
As per Instructions U3.30, a legal guardian is the person with legal right and responsibility to provide for the care of an international student and the person who provides for the care of the student in the student’s home country. This includes adoptive parents, a court-appointed guardian or testamentary guardian.
A parent can name a person in their will to be a guardian if that parent dies. This person is known as a testamentary guardian. A testamentary guardian does not have the right to custody of the child but they do have the right (along with any other guardian if alive) to control the upbringing of the child or children under their guardianship. The role of the testamentary guardian does not include the financial support of a child.
Students enrolled in school Years 1 to 8 and students aged 13 years and under enrolled in any other provider will be given a visa which requires them to be living with their legal guardian in New Zealand, unless
Student visa applications can now be made online. Currently only students applying for their own visa can use the service – not agents or advisers. To find out more, and to create an account, visit our Apply Online page.