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Helping study for children and adults on visitor visas Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Holders of visitor visas in New Zealand for longer than expected can now study for an extra 3 months, up to 6 months in a year.

The Minister of Immigration’s practical measure applies to both school-age children and adults studying short courses at tertiary education providers.

School-age children with a visitor visa valid on 11 September 2020 can now study in term 1 of a calendar year, even if they studied in term 4 of the previous year. If they meet the definition of domestic student as defined by the Ministry of Education, they will not need to pay international fees.

Definition of a domestic student in New Zealand |

Visitor visa holders who wish to study for longer than 6 months must apply for a student visa or a variation of conditions for their current visa.

This measure does not apply to visitor visas granted after 11 September 2020. We are notifying eligible visa holders.