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Visa information for international students outside New Zealand.

Apply for a student visa 

If you are currently outside New Zealand, you can now apply for a new student visa.

Reopening the New Zealand border

Study in New Zealand

If you have a current student visa

You can travel to New Zealand as an international student if you:

  • still hold a valid student visa with a valid offer of place to study,
  • have conditions on your visa allowing you to travel to New Zealand, and
  • you continue to meet the conditions of your student visa.

You no longer need a border exception to travel to New Zealand.

Showing you still meet your student visa conditions 

You may not be able to travel to New Zealand on your current student visa if your circumstances have changed since you were granted this visa or if you no longer meet the conditions. For example, if your course or education provider has changed from what is named in your visa conditions.

If you will travel on your current student visa, you need to have access to up-to-date evidence showing you still meet the conditions of your student visa. You may be asked to provide this when you travel to New Zealand.

You may be asked to show:

  • that you have money available to support yourself in New Zealand and 
  • confirmation that you are studying or will resume studying the same course at the same education provider that your student visa was granted for.

Contact your education provider or Immigration New Zealand if you are unsure if you can travel to New Zealand on your current student visa.

If you have a visitor visa or are a visa waiver traveller

You can travel to New Zealand if you are a genuine visitor with an existing visitor visa or are from a visa waiver country (and have a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)).

You can study a short course that is less than 3 months in total duration if you have an existing visitor visa or are a visa waiver visitor. For example, a short English language course or, for school-aged children, for a single period of up to 3 months at a New Zealand school.

You cannot study 3 months’ worth of a longer programme as a visitor visa holder or visa waiver visitor. For example, you cannot study part of your diploma or degree as a visitor because the total length of a diploma or degree programme is more than 3 months.

If you want to study a programme that is longer than 3 months in total duration, you should apply for a student visa. While potential students can apply for a student visa from within New Zealand, you cannot start that study until you have a visa with the appropriate study conditions. This may mean a delay in starting your study.

Note

If you intend to travel to New Zealand on a visitor visa or visa waiver and apply for a student visa once onshore, you may not be considered a genuine visitor and may not be allowed to enter New Zealand. You may also miss the start date of your study while the student visa is under assessment.

Visa Waiver Visitor Visa

Visitor Visa

New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA)

If you have a working holiday visa

With a working holiday visa you can study one or more short courses in New Zealand for a maximum of 6 months.

For example, you can study a short English language course (or courses), a Study Abroad programme, or a short training course. The total duration of the course or courses you study cannot be more than 6 months.

Working Holiday Visas

Border exceptions for international students

If you were nominated by your education provider and New Zealand’s Ministry of Education and submitted a request to travel before 31 July 2022 which was approved, you may be granted a new student visa to enter New Zealand through the border exceptions process. You do not need a border exception to travel to New Zealand as a student.

This process is now closed to new requests. You could only make a request to travel for this reason until 11.59pm on 31 July 2022. If you applied on or before this date, we will review your request. If you are eligible, we will send you an invitation to apply for an appropriate visa.

You still need to meet standard student visa requirements to be granted a visa. You must also meet New Zealand’s border entry requirements. 

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Supporting your family to come with you to New Zealand

You may be able to support your partner and dependent children to apply for a relationship-based visa, in line with current visa requirements.

Bringing family if you have a student visa

Guardian of a Student Visitor Visa

Studying online while outside New Zealand

If you are outside New Zealand, you can study online without a visa.

You can now apply for a student visa to continue your study in New Zealand. You must meet the standard student visa requirements to get a student visa, and you can show evidence of your online study to support your visa application.

Note

Time spent studying online from outside New Zealand does not count towards the study requirements for a post-study work visa.