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First-time NZ Student Visa Application Checklist

NZ Student Visa Application Checklist

New Zealand is one of the most popular study-abroad destinations. It has multiple universities & educational institutes that offer a variety of courses.

We have covered here the First Time Student Visa Checklist, which is designed for people applying for a NZ student visa for the first time as international students.

Submitting the right documents/ information is crucial for obtaining this visa. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has a checklist for those applying for a student visa for the first time as an international student. Once you have an offer of a place from a university/ institute, it is time to apply for a Student Visa.

Main Requirements:

Evidence of Funds

A student must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds for tuition fees and NZD 20,000 per year for living expenses like food, accommodation, transportation, and utility bills – gas, water, electricity, mobile, internet, etc.

Students must provide evidence that they have paid the fees for the first year and a payment plan with evidence for fee payment for the remaining course duration, if applicable.

You can provide evidence of funds held by you or by someone else on your behalf, a financial undertaking from a non-New Zealander, evidence of being awarded a scholarship, or a sponsorship undertaking from an NZ citizen/resident/ organization.

Bank statements from the past three months and education loan letters from nationalized or multi-national banks are usually accepted by INZ.

Gold loans, funds held by the Post Office co-operative societies, chit funds, bonds, property sales & agricultural income, etc. are usually difficult to verify and not readily acceptable by INZ.

For more detailed information on the evidence of funds required to study in New Zealand, please click here.

Cover Letter/ Statement of Purpose

Provide a supporting letter outlining your study plans, future plans, reasons for selecting the course and educational provider, education history, explaining payment plans and gap years.

Other Documents

The basic requirements are an offer of place from a New Zealand education provider and a full current passport copy. You may also need to provide a chest x-ray, a medical certificate, or a police clearance certificate, depending on the length of your stay and the country you are from.

Previous visa decline letters and/or evidence of any adverse immigration history must be provided/ declared as well. Don’t forget to include your academic documents & transcripts. Evidence of payment of tuition fees is also required.

Please contact us if you need assistance with your student visa application. We can assist with course selection, institute options, and visa application.

Get in touch with Immigration Advisors New Zealand Ltd, which provides up-to-date immigration information so you can consider opportunities and prepare yourself for the future. To know all the required procedures, contact us at [email protected]  or call on +64 09 3790219.

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