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Visa information for students outside of New Zealand.

UPDATE

Student requirements for border exceptions — 5 March 2021 

250 PhD and postgraduate students

Up to 250 PhD and postgraduate students may be eligible for this exception to our border restrictions if they hold, or have held, a visa to study in New Zealand.

Nominated students must prove they have NZD $15,000 per year for living costs. 

1,000 bachelor and postgraduate students

Up to 1,000 bachelor and postgraduate students may be eligible for this exception to our border restrictions if they hold, or have held, a visa to study in New Zealand and they have been nominated by their education provider. Education providers will work with the Ministry of Education to identify eligible students and will provide students with further information.

To be eligible you must:

  • hold, or have held, a student visa to study in New Zealand that was valid in 2020, and
  • have studied in New Zealand in 2019 or 2020 and intended to resume study in New Zealand in 2020 but were unable to because of the border closure, and
  • intend on studying the same bachelor’s degree or post-graduate qualification, at the same education provider, as you were previously studying in New Zealand, and
  • provide evidence that you have access to at least NZD $20,000 annually for living costs — or NZD $1,667 for each month of study if your programme of study is less than thirty-six weeks, and
  • provide evidence that you have additional money to pay for managed isolation and quarantine. Education providers may choose to assist students with some or all of these costs. Charges are subject to change.

Charges for managed isolation | MIQ

Advice for tertiary students | Ministry of Education

Partners and dependants may be able to apply for a relationship based visa, in line with current visa requirements.

Bringing family if you have a student visa

Student visa holders and applicants outside New Zealand

If you decide to cancel or defer your study plans, contact your education provider. 

If your visa application has not been processed you can contact us to withdraw it. Requests for visa application fee refunds will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Can I get a refund of my application fee? 

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Student visa applicants who are outside New Zealand can study online without a visa. When New Zealand’s border restrictions are lifted, you can provide evidence of your online study to support your visa application. If you choose to study online in your home country first, you will still need to meet standard student visa requirements to be granted a student visa. 

Embassies | MFAT