Changing your study plans
If you want to change what or where you're studying, you'll need to apply for a variation of conditions to your current visa or get a new visa.
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Changing where and what you’re studying
You can apply to change:
- your programme of study
- your education provider
- where you’re studying — that is, the location in New Zealand.
Before you change, you’ll need to:
- apply for a new visa, or
- change the conditions of your current visa.
Do not change courses or education provider until Immigration New Zealand (INZ) approves your plan. If you break the conditions on your current visa, you may have to leave New Zealand.
Applying to change study conditions
When you apply, you’ll need to provide evidence that you’ve been offered a place on another approved course — the new course should usually be at or above the level of your current course. You’ll also need to explain why you want to change.
If INZ accepts your application, they’ll ask for proof that you’ve paid the tuition fees or that you’re exempt from paying.
Changing your work conditions
If you’re studying at secondary school, you can apply to change how long and when you can work while you’re studying. Your work rights are noted in the letter you receive approving your visa or on the label in your passport.
How to apply
Complete the relevant parts of the application form.
Submit your application
Send your application form, the fee and your supporting documents to INZ.
How long it takes
INZ processes most applications in less than 3 weeks.