Renewing your student visa
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.
Before you apply
You'll need to show evidence of:
- your academic performance
- satisfactory attendance at your course, and
- your progress.
Your education provider gives you this information.
Renewing your visa online
If you can't renew your visa with your education provider, you'll need to apply online through Immigration NZ. If your application is complete, it usually takes about two weeks for Immigration NZ to approve your visa.
Renewing your visa on campus
Some education providers are part of a scheme called Students Online. They can help with renewing your visa. You supply all your documents to them and then they finalise your visa with Immigration NZ. This usually takes less than a week if everything is in order.
A visa for the full length of your course
You may be able to get a visa for the full length of your course, up to a maximum of 4 years, if:
- you study with an education provider that has an agreement with Immigration NZ to offer length-of-course visas, or
- you are on a scholarship.