The OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment has ranked the education system of New Zealand at 7th position in terms of excellence of performance and satisfactory academic environment. New Zealand Study Visa is popular study abroad destination especially for tertiary education courses and post graduate courses. New Zealand is typically known as a country which is located far away from the rest of the world where in fact it is a popular study abroad destination coming next to Australia. The process of New Zealand Study Visa is simple and easy. Though small in area but with charming landscape and clean environment, New Zealand Study Visa hosts more than 50,000 international students each year and the ratio is rising each year. It is imperative to understand the student visa process of New Zealand before making a final decision of studying abroad there. The following guide is dedicated to give you an overview of student visa process of New Zealand.
Do I as a Pakistani Student Need a Student Visa for New Zealand Study Visa?
The nationals and valid resident permit holders of Australia do not need a student visa for study in New Zealand. Nationals of other countries besides Australian citizens and valid resident permit holders are required to attain a student visa of New Zealand for studies purpose.
The students who are enrolled in a study programme which ends in three months duration do not need a student visa, they will required to have a temporary visit visa. The students enrolled in a study programme which ends in more than 3 months duration need to attain a student visa of New Zealand.
Types of Student Visas for New Zealand Study Visa
New Zealand has designed 5 types of student visas depending on the duration of study program and course type for international students. The student visa types applicable to you are explained below:
Fee-paying student visa:
The students who are enrolled in a full time study program at an institute which is accredited by New Zealand Study Visa are applicable for this type of student visa. The visa has validity of four years depending on your course duration and the holder of this type of visa can work 20 hours a week during semester time and full time during winter or summer holidays and semester breaks.
Exchange Student Visa:
The students enrolled in an accredited institute of New Zealand as an exchange student are required to apply for this type of visa. It has validity of 4 years depending on your course duration and you are allowed to work 20 hours a week during semester time and full time during holidays and semester breaks.
Pathway Student Visa:
The students who want to study three separate courses in New Zealand in a row can apply for this type of visa. It has validity of 5 years depending on the duration of your courses. You can study three different courses in New Zealand in one student visa. The holder of this type of visa can work up to 20 hours per week in semester time and during holidays and semester breaks work for full time.
Foreign Government Supported Student Visa:
This type of visa is applicable to those students who have availed a foreign government funded scholarship or loan. They will need to provide a documented proof of foreign government funded scholarship and financial aid which will grant them their study and living expenses. The visa has validity till duration of your study course in New Zealand which can last from three months to 4 years. The students will also be allowed to work 20 hours a week during semester time and full time during semester breaks.
New Zealand Aid Student Visa:
The students whose study expenses will be afforded by funding and scholarship programs of New Zealand’s Government are eligible to apply for this type of visa.
How to apply for study visa
- First get an acceptance letter from any New Zealand University and
- Pay University Tuition Fee
- Visiting Consulate or Embassy around your location or applying through Official Immigration Website
- Gather all Required Documents
- Submitting your Visa Application 6 to 8 Weeks Before Your Study Program Starts in New Zealand
Receiving Acceptance Letter
You will wait for an acceptance letter from university of New Zealand after completing admission process. The university will email you a formal letter of acceptance issued on your name stating you have been enrolled in a study program you had applied for.
Paying Tuition Fee
After receiving an acceptance letter from university you will be asked to pay the tuition fee of the university for first year of your program. The receipt of paid fee you will receive from university will be required in student visa documents.
Visiting New Zealand Consulate or Embassy Nearest to Your Location or Applying through New Zealand’s Official Immigration Website
You can visit New Zealand’s Consulate or Embassy nearest to your location to submit an application of student visa after completing the admission process and fee submission. Another way is to apply online through official immigration website of New Zealand by making an account there and submitting the required documents and visa fee. The more preferable option is to visit the Embassy of New Zealand nearest to your locality and attaining all the required information in person directly. We recommend you to bring an extra visa application form from Embassy to avoid making another visit because usually students make mistakes while filling the application form. The requirement in visa application might differ based on your nationality.
Arranging Required Documents
The documents required to be submitted along with visa application form will be notified to you in form of list by the Embassy.
Evidence of paid tuition fee in form of receipt (if your study expenses are afforded by foreign government or New Zealand government’s scholarship or financial aid program then the documented evidence of your acceptance for scholarship from authorities)
- Bank Statement (If the source of your tuition fee and living expenses are not coming from financial aid and scholarship program then you must show you have enough financial resources of at least NZD$15,000 (~US$10,870) for each year of your study program in New Zealand).
- Proof of Arranged Onward Travel (An evidence of already paid ticket for the return back to your country after completing your study program in New Zealand. This is also needed as an evidence of your intent to return back to your country after completing your study program)
- Medical Certificate (proving the applicant is not suffering from any diseases that can be a threat to general public of New Zealand)
- Clearance letter from police station (an evidence of good character of the applicant. The letter would state that the applicant has not been registered in any criminal case)
- A Valid National Passport
- Proof of arranged accommodation
- English Proficiency Test Certificate
- 2 recently passport size photographs
- Proof of paid visa application fee
- Filled and Signed Visa Application Form
Duration of Visa Processing for Pakistani Students for New Zealand
After submitting your visa application at the Embassy or online website of New Zealand, you can expect 20 to 25 days for visa processing. The visa approval of application submitted through online website will take 20 days and visa approval of application submitted through paper will take 25 days.
Part Time Working Permission
International students are allowed to work at least 20 hours a week regardless of whichever student visa type they have attained. The students who are enrolled in Masters by Research Program or PhD Program are exempted from 20 hour work limit meaning they can work as many hours as they wish.
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