You'll need a student visa if you want to study full time in New Zealand for more than 3 months.
There are requirements you need to meet before applying for your student visa. You must be accepted into an approved course and show you have enough money to live on while you're in NZ.
You need to be healthy to get a student visa in NZ. Depending on where you're from and how long you want to stay, you may need to provide health certificates with your application.
You need to be of good character to study in New Zealand. If you want to come to NZ for more than 2 years, you'll need to supply a police certificate.
If you think you meet the requirements and you've collected your documents, you can usually apply online. Make sure you apply at least 6 weeks before you plan to come to NZ.
In most cases, you'll need to renew your student visa each year — you can do this yourself online or, with some education providers, on campus.
You can usually work up to 20 hours a week during term time, and full time over the holidays.
If you want to change what or where you're studying, you'll need to apply for a variation of conditions to your visa.
After you've finished studying, you can apply for a post-study work visa if you want to stay in NZ.
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