Pathway visas

A Pathway Student Visa allows an international student to undertake a progression of up to 3 consecutive programmes of study with selected education providers on a single visa. The visa will be valid up to a maximum of 5 years.

The Pathway Student Visa pilot was implemented on 7 December 2015 for a pilot period extending to 24 November 2019. The pilot is available to selected primary, secondary and tertiary providers.

Pathway education providers

With this visa students can

  • Stay for up to 5 years.
  • Study up to 3 courses, one after the other, on a single student visa.
  • Work part-time up to 20 hours a week while studying and full-time in the holidays, depending on their course of study.

Things to note

  • Pathway Student visas are long enough to complete a qualification plan.  
  • Students will need to meet the pre-requisites for any second and third courses on their study pathway to stay in New Zealand on a Pathway Student Visa.

A good visa option for Education Providers

  • This option reduces cost and hassle.
  • It provides certainty for the student and their family.
  • It allows the student to concentrate on their studies rather than having to worry about visa applications and makes the transition between programmes smoother.

Visit the Pathway Student Visa factsheet