New Zealand Student Visa

New Zealand Student Visa allows the overseas immigrants to study for full time or for a specified period of time till the course of study gets over. The immigrant can get the internationally recognized education in New Zealand. The aspirants who want to study in New Zealand need to choose the right study visa category.  The Student Visa program grants you admission to highly developed and standardized universities of New Zealand offering a myriad of academic courses to different foreign nationals. Check out the complete New Zealand Student visa process.

Learn more : Process to apply for New Zealand Permanent Residency Visa 

Find the New Zealand Student Visa Checklist here-

Check the New Zealand Student Visa Requirements-

  1.  You must hold an offer from a New Zealand university or college approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
  2. You should present the proofs of funds to support the tuition fees while you are studying.
  3. You must also have financial resources to take the responsibility of paying Living expenses.
  4. You must have a return ticket or funds for the same.
  5. You need to have a band score of 5.5 in IELTS examination.
  6. You must lay down health certificates that show your health status. You are required to pass a chest X-Ray and need to provide other medical examinations.
  7.  You should possess a good moral character to immigrate to New Zealand
  8. You may require a police certification from your country if you are staying in New Zealand for 2 years and over 17 years of age.
  9. If you are under Fee Paying Student Visa, you will need a health and travel insurance.
  10. If the student is below 9, he/she is required to have a parent or a legal guardian who will support the expenses of the child.

Learn more : Explore Visa programs to Immigrate to New Zealand in 2020 

The documents you need to provide while applying for the New Zealand Student Visa-

  1. A valid passport of the country you are immigrating from.
  2. Passport sized color photograph with shoulders and head visible.
  3. Other documents which comprise police certifications, character certifications, and translated documents which are not in English.

Learn more : Apply for New Zealand Tourist Visa to explore the nation 

Types of New Zealand Student Visa

New Zealand has variety of Student Visa categories through which one can immigrate to New Zealand for studies. This include-

  1. Fee Paying Student Visa

The Fee Paying Student Visa allows the international students to study in the full-time course in any recognized institution of New Zealand by paying an established amount of fee or cost determined by the university you have enrolled in. You have to pay $270 for application and $16 as passport fee. This student visa is valid for 4 years.

  1. Pathway Student Visa

This visa allows the immigrants to study three consecutive courses in New Zealand University and can relish the high-quality education and exposure while studying in New Zealand. The Pathway Student visa furthermore permits the student to work for 20 per week and full time during holidays.

This visa is valid for 5 years. You must have an offer of a place by an authorized pathway education provider.

  1. Exchange Student Visa

With this visa you can study for 4 years of time duration in school to school exchange, tertiary exchange or exchange organization programme scheme. You have to apply for this visa outside of New Zealand and possess an acceptance in student exchange program scheme.

  1. Foreign Government supported Student visa

This kind student visa is valid for those who have foreign government loan or scholarship and is interested in carrying out studies in full-time course of New Zealand. You must have an offer of a place by an identified education provider and funds to compensate the tuition fees. You can stay for 4 years maximum in New Zealand.

  1. Vocational Trainee Student Visa

This visa is designed for those students who intend to attend program of nautical study in Manukau Polytechnic in order to serve in a shipping company. This visa is for the trainees who are granted New Zealand Aid Programme Short-Term Training Award (STTA). Under this visa, you can work for 20 hours per week and can bring your child to this student visa application.

  1. Trafficking Victim Student Visa

The visa provides the aid and benefit to the victims of trafficking who have been subjugated by the community. The victims can study in any primary or secondary school in New Zealand. They have to support their status of victim by submitting certifications attested by the New Zealand police. The education of the victim is publicly funded.

  1. Dependent Child Student Visa

If you are a child of New Zealand Resident or citizen or Student visa holder then you are eligible to apply for dependent child visa. You must be less than 19 years of age, single and dependent upon your parent for all your expenses. The child can study for 3 months in New Zealand school if they qualify all the obligation of this visa.

Learn more : Apply for New Zealand Skilled Migrant Visa to get Permanent Residency

New Zealand Student Visa Processing Time

The processing time is determined by the New Zealand immigration authority or government for overseas aspirants for Student visa. Given below is the processing time of different Student visa-

Student Visas categoryProcessing time (of 90% application)
Fee Paying Student Visa32 days
Exchange Student Visa9 days
Pathway Student visa50 days
Vocational Trainee Student Visa50 days
Foreign Government supported Student visa50 days
Trafficking Victim Student Visa50 days
Dependent Child Student visa62 days
Click here :  Fill out the free visa assessment form to check your eligibility 


The Cost depends on the type of Student visa the student is applying for the New Zealand immigration. Note the basic application cost and passport fee for the various student visa.m

Student Visa CategoryApplication CostPassport Fee (in Indian rupee)
Fee Paying Student Visa$270690
Exchange Student Visa$270690
Pathway Student visa$270690
Vocational Trainee Student Visa$270690
Foreign Government supported Student visa$270690
Trafficking Victim Student Visa$2151038
Dependent Child Student visa$270690

How to apply for New Zealand Student Visa without IELTS?

New Zealand floods you with the plethora of benefits and one of which includes living in New Zealand under Student Visa without appearing for IELTS. Have a look whether you are eligible for this exemption-

  1. Students who are studying in English medium school from 8th class to 12th class are free from giving IELTS.
  2. If you have accomplished your higher education from a recognized English speaking country university.
  3. If you have done your graduation in English medium, then you have to submit medium of instruction Letter to get the exemption. Additionally, you have to present the 10th, 12th, and bachelor’s mark sheets and degree certificate.

Benefits of New Zealand Student Visa

  1. Live in New Zealand during the course of your study, maximum up to 4 years.
  2. Work for a period of 20 hours each week and full-time during all scheduled vacations and/or during the summer vacation period.
  3. Get a pathway to residency through study for those who have graduated from a course that would gain points under the skilled migrant category.
  4. Education in New Zealand is based on the British Education system.
  5. Payment of fee after you are granted your Student Visa.
  6. The option of working in New Zealand while studying.
  7. Affordable cost of study in contrast to other developed nations like USA, UK etc.

For availing more information regarding New Zealand Study visa, you can contact Make Visas, the Best Immigration Consultancy in Delhi, India. Contact us by calling on /Email your queries on info@makevisas.com  or can check you eligibility fill our free visa assessment form.