The New Zealand government allows all Indian students to study in the nation, but you must first get a New Zealand study visa. The sort of New Zealand study visa you’ll require is determined by the course of study you wish to pursue and the length of time you plan to stay in New Zealand. If you are over the age of 18 and intend to study in New Zealand for more than six months, here is a list of the several types of New Zealand study visas you can apply for:
If you’re an Indian student, you’ll certainly need a Fee-Paying Student visa.
It’s critical to keep your Fee-Paying student status while studying in New Zealand. This status refers to the reason for your visit to New Zealand.
To apply for a New Zealand student visa, you would typically need:
Some additional documents which may be required:
You may also need to produce proof that you have enough money to cover your living expenses for the duration of your trip. You must demonstrate that you have NZ$ 15,000 or NZ$ 1,250 per month* for a complete year of study. This could involve the following:
You may also be required to attend an embassy or consulate interview in New Zealand.
Your New Zealand student visa application must be submitted online through the New Zealand Immigration website. You can apply up to 120 days before the program’s anticipated start date. Remember that your application date is the day on which you pay your application fee.
Your immigration cost and reception centre charge as an Indian applicant will be determined by the type of submission you make – online or paper.
|Type of submission||Application cost||Receiving centre fee|
|Paper||INR 24,500||INR 1,087|
|Online||NZD 530 (approx. INR 23,330)||INR 722|
You’ll need to show proof of English language proficiency to get a New Zealand student visa. This normally entails completing a secure English language test to demonstrate your ability to communicate and correspond.
With over three million tests completed in the past year, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language competency test for study, work, and migration. In 140 countries throughout the world, the IELTS scores are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, companies, professional associations, and governments.
The minimum IELTS score necessary for a New Zealand student visa is 5.5 in each module.
International full-time students holding a New Zealand student visa are legally permitted to work in New Zealand for up to 20 hours per week during the school year, and full-time during all scheduled holiday times such as Christmas, Easter, and summer vacation. The 20-hour limit does not apply to work experience required for your study. International students are not permitted to work for themselves.
Students pursuing a master’s degree by research or a doctorate can work as many hours as they like.
You may still be able to work in New Zealand after completing your education, but you must first check with the visa authorities and then apply for the relevant work visa.
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