Visa processing times for international students

Find out how long it has taken us to process some student visa applications for international students. Results vary depending on the type of education provider.

Visa processing times over the last 3 months

Find out how long — in calendar days or months — it has taken us to process visa applications for international students.

These processing times show the combined time for the most common student visas used by international students. They are:

  • Fee Paying Student Visa — including English language students
  • Pathway Student Visa
  • MFAT-funded NZ Scholarship Student Visa, and
  • Exchange Student Visa.

The processing time is broken down by the type of education provider:

  • universities
  • Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP)
  • Private Training Establishments (PTE), and
  • schools.

Processing times by education provider

These processing times show how long it took us to complete visa applications in the 3 months to 1 April 2021.

When a visa application is completed

An application is completed when we have granted the visa or declined the application.

Education provider

50% completed within

75% completed within

90% completed within


13 days

22 days

39 days


21 days

40 days

63 days


11 days

17 days

29 days


14 days

24 days

47 days

For applications that take more than 90 calendar days we have rounded that number to the nearest month. For example, if applications take 110 days, we say it takes 4 months.

To give you the most recent processing times, we update this information every month.

We also provide processing times for other visas.

How long it takes to process a visa application

Processing times can vary

We are committed to delivering the fastest possible service for visa applicants. We consider every application separately to make sure it aligns with New Zealand's immigration policy and regulations.

How long it takes us to process an application depends on how complex it is. The processing times for student visas show a variation based on the type of education provider, but this is not the only factor that affects how long it takes to process an application.