Applying for a student visa
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.
How to apply
You can apply online or fill out a paper form. If you apply online and supply all the information required, then you are likely to get a decision more quickly.
Students under 13 coming to NZ with a parent or guardian can't apply online.
What to send with your application
You'll need to provide:
- 2 colour passport photos
- all the required documents, and
- a passport that's valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave NZ.
Even if you apply online, you need to send your original passport to Immigration NZ. It will be posted back to you once your application is finalised.
Documents you may need to send with your application include:
- medical certificates
- police certificates
- translations of any documents not in English
- the correct application fee.
How long your application takes to process
The time it takes to process your visa can vary.
If you don't provide all the documents you're asked for, processing your application will take longer.
After you've applied
Get help to plan your trip and find out about life as a student in NZ.