Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet once you have your visa.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you do not meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • you are unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa.

If you are refused entry to New Zealand

Before you travel to New Zealand

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand until your visa expires.

If you want to do short-term study for less than 3 months, you’ll need a Visitor Visa.

Depending on the length of your course, you may be able to stay in New Zealand for up to 4 years. Check your visa label for how long you can stay.

Your partner may be eligible for a Work Visa for the length of your NZAP scholarship.

Your dependent children may be eligible for a Student Visa.

We can only grant you, your partner or dependent children another visa in the 2-year period following completion of your scholarship, if you have written approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. However, we may grant you:

  • a short-term Visitor Visa if you’re outside New Zealand.
  • a Work Visa at the completion of your study, for qualification-related work experience, for the minimum time needed to complete practical work requirements.

Onward travel

You must have the means to return home at the end of your stay.

You may be asked for evidence of your travel arrangements when you check in or arrive in New Zealand.  If you’re not required to provide evidence, we’ll record it in your visa label or visa letter.

Funding

You must have an MFAT-funded NZ scholarship.

If your New Zealand scholarship funding stops, we could ask you to leave New Zealand.

Work

You can work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during the Christmas-New Year holiday period, if you’re studying under any of these schemes:

  •  Commonwealth Scholarships
  • New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships
  • New Zealand Pacific Scholarships
  • New Zealand Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Scholars Award.

You can’t work if you’re studying under any of these schemes:

  • Short-Term Training Awards; New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships
  • English Language Training for Officials.

Everyone who has a job in New Zealand pays tax on what they earn. An IRD number can be applied for online through Inland Revenue.

Apply online for an IRD number

You aren’t allowed to be self-employed. You have to work as an employee with an employment agreement and not as an independent contractor.

You can’t provide commercial sexual services or operate a business that provides these services.

Attendance and progress

You must study full-time and attend your course at the approved education provider noted on your visa, unless you have a reasonable excuse for absences.

You must make satisfactory progress on your course.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label or included in a visa letter.

Returning to your home country

You must return to your home country and stay in your country for at least 2 years after you complete your scholarship, so you can apply your new skills and knowledge in government, civil society or private business organisations.

We can only grant you another visa in the 2-year period following completion of your scholarship, if you have written approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

However, we may grant you a short-term Visitor Visa if you’re outside New Zealand or a Work Visa at the completion of your study, for qualification-related work experience, for the minimum time needed to complete practical work requirements.