If a student is coming to New Zealand to study for a course lasting longer than three months, they will probably need to apply for a student visa.
If they’re taking one course only for less than three months, they can apply for a visitor visa instead.
A student visa gives the student permission to stay in New Zealand temporarily to study. It states the date the visa will expire, the institution at which they are permitted to study and any other conditions of their visa. If granted multiple travel conditions, the visa will also allow the student to re-enter New Zealand as many times as they like until the travel conditions expire. In most cases the visa expiry and the expiry date travel will be the same date.
First, read each of the following sections to help answer some of the questions your overseas students may ask when applying for a visa.
Applying for a further visa?
Steps to apply for a student visa
What about the overseas student’s parent or guardian?
What about the student’s partner or children?
Will an overseas student need medical insurance?
About applying for a change in visa conditions
Application for Variation of Conditions
Application to Study in New Zealand
Guide for Studying in New Zealand
Termination of Student Enrolment