Applying for a student visa
You can apply online or use a printed form. Make sure you apply at least 8 weeks before you plan to come to New Zealand.
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Gather your supporting documents
You’re likely to get a quicker decision if you supply all the information Immigration New Zealand (INZ) needs when you apply.
If you apply online you’ll need to scan your documents before you upload them.
Decide how to apply
Most people find it easier to apply online.
You can also apply using a printed form, but it takes longer to process your application. You need to use the printed form if, for example, you don’t have regular access to a computer.
Find out what it costs
The application fees you pay depend on how you apply and where you’re applying from.
You won’t get a refund of your fees if your application is turned down.
When you make an online application you have to set up a New Zealand Government RealMe account.
Before you start your application, have all your supporting documents ready to upload.
Apply using a printed form
Download the Student Visa Application form (INZ 1012) and guidance to help you complete it.
Submit your application
Even if you apply online, you may need to send your passport to INZ — they’ll let you know if you do. It will be posted back to you once your application is finalised.
If you apply using the printed application form, check where you need to send it and your supporting documents.
When you get your visa
If you apply online, you’ll usually get an eVisa. Print it out or keep it on your mobile phone so, if you need to, you can show it at the border when you arrive. You can ask INZ to put a label in your passport, but you have to pay for this service.
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