Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

Show all evidence Hide all evidence


You must provide proof of your identity

  • 1 acceptable photo if you apply online, or 2 photos if you use a paper application form.
  • your passport or certificate of identity.

Acceptable photos

If you submit a paper application, provide your original passport or a certified copy.  We can usually process your application faster if you provide your original passport.

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you've applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.


You must be of good character

You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.

If you are aged 17 or older and plan to stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months (including any time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police certificates from:

  • any country you are a citizen of
  • any country you have spent more than 5 years in since you turned 17.

You do not need to provide police certificates if:

  • you have provided them to us with an earlier visa application, and
  • they were issued in the previous 24 months.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

New Zealand employer guarantee

If you're a nautical student, your employer must provide a guarantee

You must provide a letter from the shipping company that employs you, guaranteeing to pay:

  • your living costs while  in New Zealand 
  • for you to leave New Zealand at the end of your stay.

Place at Manukau Polytechnic

If you’re a nautical student, you must have a paid place at Manukau Polytechnic

You must provide evidence that:

  • you have a place at Manukau Polytechnic, like an offer of place or a confirmation of enrolment
  • your tuition fees have been paid, like receipts.

If you’re a domestic student, you may be exempt from paying tuition fees.

Short-Term Training Award

If you are a NZ Scholarship Short-term Training Award trainee you may be granted a student visa for the period of your award, up to a maximum of 12 months

You must provide evidence of your New Zealand scholarship under the Short-term Training Award.


Not the right visa for you?

Explore your other study visa options, see all study visas or explore another visa type.