New Zealand Student Visa Eligibility & Rules - Complete Details

Updated on - February 22nd 2020 by Rachit Agrawal

New Zealand Student Visa Eligibility and Rules

New Zealand Student Visa is an essential part of your study program. A student visa will allow you full – time study permit in New Zealand. A lot of questions might appear like what are the documents required for the visa?

What are the eligibility criteria? And a lot more. Some of the things you need to mention to apply for the visa are the name of the program you’re selected for, name of the university/ college, acceptable insurance, New Zealand location of the provider.

A number of other documents are necessary for the visa like TOEFL, GMAT, or GRE scores. Here we will let you know all about the eligibility and rules for New Zealand student visas.

New Zealand Student Visa Rules

Before applying for the New Zealand Students Visa, there are a number of rules to follow. First, you need to make sure they’re enrolled and selected for a course in New Zealand. Getting a student visa can be difficult sometimes. Hence make sure that you fulfil all the requirements. Some of the common ones are given below:

  • Accepted for  a course in an institute approved by Ministry of Education and New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
  • Money for your tuition fees or any scholarship that is paying your tuition fees
  • Financial proof that you have enough funds to live in New Zealand
  • A ticket out of New Zealand or evidence that you have enough money to buy it

New Zealand Study Visa Rules

There are a number of rules to follow before you apply for the student visa. Students first need to make sure they’re enrolled and selected for a course in New Zealand. Getting a student visa can be difficult sometimes. Hence make sure that you fulfil all the requirements Some of the common ones are given below:

  • Accepted for  a course in an institute approved by Ministry of Education and New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
  • Money for your tuition fees or any scholarship that is paying your tuition fees
  • Financial proof that you have enough funds to live in New Zealand
  • A ticket out of New Zealand or evidence that you have enough money to buy it

New Zealand Student Visa FTS Rules

FTS stands for Fund Transfer Scheme. It is a student-friendly scheme which helps students to transfer funds to support themselves in the country. The scheme is operated by the ANZ Bank of New Zealand. Students need to fill two kinds of forms namely the Enquiry form and Tax Residency and Foreign Tax Information Form. Let us look at some other requirements and rules:

  • Minimum fund requirements for all FTS New Zealand students is $15,000
  • Students can go to any local bank to transfer money into their FTS account.
  • FTS is available for countries like India, China, Philippines, Sri Lanka
  • FTS account is eligible to use after you meet all the criteria of your student visa

New Zealand Immigration Rules for Student Visa

New Zealand Immigration Rules for a student visa are similar in many ways than the normal visa. Let us look at what all documents are required for the visa:

  • A valid passport and acceptable passport size photo
  • Your visa application fee
  • Your insurance policy (medical certificate, police verification)
  • Financial proof of tuition fees and living accommodation.

Eligibility for New Zealand Student Visa

There are a number of eligibility criteria if you’re applying for a student visa for a longer period of time. To study in New Zealand for full time, the candidate needs to fulfil certain criteria given below.

  • If you’re studying for more than six months in New Zealand, you may be screened for tuberculosis.
  • If you’re 17 and going to study in New Zealand for 2 years then you need to provide a police certificate to show you are of good character.
  • If your course is less than 3 months, then you needn’t apply for a student visa, you can apply for a visitor’s visa
  • If you wish to work after your course then you need to apply for the work visa as well.

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Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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