Student visa wait times

Find out how long it takes us to process student visas.

Wait times

Find out how long it takes us to process student visas. The wait times on this page are based on applications decided in January 2024.

Note

80% of visas are processed within these times. Your visa application may take longer than what is shown here.

Visa type Wait time
Fee Paying Student Visa 9 weeks
Dependent Child Student Visa 9 weeks
MFAT-funded NZ Scholarship Student Visa 8 weeks
Exchange Student Visa 3 weeks

Find other visa wait times

To find the wait time for a visa that is not listed on this page you can use our fees, decision times and where to apply tool.

Fees, decision times and where to apply

You can also find out online how long it takes to process visas for international students depending on the type of education provider.

Visa processing times for international students

Check your application status

To find out information on your visa application you can log in to your Immigration Online account and check your visa status.

Checking your visa application status

Some applications can take longer to process

Some visa applications may take longer to process than others. If your application is taking longer than what is shown on this page you can find out what factors may affect visa wait times.

Why some visa applications take longer to process than others