New Zealand Student Visa Requirements - Complete Details

Updated on - February 22nd 2020 by Rachit Agrawal

New Zealand Student Visa Requirements

Every country has their own set of visa processes, eligibility and requirements to allow people into their country. Similarly, New Zealand also has its own set of rules and regulations for the process of visa requirements. Whether the visa requirements are for a tourist visa, a student visa, an employment visa or a business visa.

The process for which type of visa will be the same but the requirements or documents can change. It is thus very important to know the details of the documents which are required, to collect those documents with correct information. Student visa requirements may contain detailed information about the student’s personal identity and the university’s offer letter etc.

New Zealand Student Visa IELTS Requirements

The requirements for IELTS Student Visa Requirements mainly consists of the personal information about the student, his/her background, why they chose the university and course, course details, university details, financial status, the offer letter of the university, eligible scores, photographs, all the educational required documents, etc.

All this information is needed while going for the IELTS exam and applying for the New Zealand Student visa requirements.

  • All academic transcripts or documents.
  • IELTS  band score of 5.5
  • 6 months valid passport.
  • Selection letter from the University.

New Zealand Student Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens

 The embassy of New Zealand required the personal information about the student which contains details about the student’s financial status, about the course details, the selection letter, details about the university, Student’s English Proficiency scores, High Schools transcripts, 6 months valid passport and the student should apply for a full-time course in New Zealand.

The course should be a recognized course from the New Zealand government and the student should show financial proof that he/she can fund the course.

  • Financial Proof.
  • 6 months valid passport.
  • Recognized course from the New Zealand government.
  • Full-time courses should be applied for.

New Zealand Student Visa Status

Students can check their status for their applied student visa anytime online. Usually, the process for getting the visa takes about 5 to 6 weeks at the most, if any individual wants to check their status he/she can log into the account and view the approval notification available, after that the individual can check for the visa verification records and can check their submitted visa records.

Employees and students who have applied for the visa can check their details and can track their visa status.

  • The visa may arrive after 5 to 6 weeks.
  • Students and employees can go to their logged-in visa account and can go to visa approval notifications.
  • After the above process, individuals need to go to the visa verification record corner and can check their visa verification records.
  • After the above process, the individual can check their eligibility status and can know about their visa status.

Documents Required for getting the New Zealand Student Visa

There are many documents that are needed by the New Zealand embassy for getting the New Zealand Student Visa. Students need to collect all the necessary requirements or documents and should submit them properly on time with the exact details needed.

All the documents should be scanned and verified and the individuals should carry the original and a copy of that document. From the offer letter to a valid passport, all the requirements should be fulfilled. The necessary documents are as follows:

  • 6 months valid passport.
  • Student visa application form.
  • Application form fee receipt.
  • Selection letter.
  • Letter from the current institution, the student is enrolled in.
  • Health insurance receipt needed.
  • Character certificate.
  • 2 passport size photographs.

Valid Passport

Every country will need a passport as it is the main and the basic document requirement needed. Without a passport, nobody can cross the border. The passport should be a real passport and should be a valid one. Every passport has a validity date that expires after a particular time and the passport should be renewed. Therefore, if particularly somebody is applying for a student passport for New Zealand they should have a passport which should be at least 6 months valid.

Proof of Funds

Every student applying for the New Zealand visa should also show their proof of financial funds as to how will they fund the course they have applied for. Many students at the end of the course are not able to give the total amount or course fee needed, therefore the government beforehand nowadays has started to take the valid fee proof of the student, whether the student will be able to pay their fees in the future or not.

Proof of Acceptance by the Respective Institution

Students applying for a Student visa must show the applied university details to the embassy. It is proof to look out if, in reality, the student has got an offer or selection letter or not. They verify and confirm with the respective institution whether the student has got admission and then approve their visa status. Therefore, the institution also should be verified by the New Zealand government and the course applied should be verified by New Zealand’s Ministry of Education.

Medical Examination Report

The medical examination report confirms the health inspection of the student, whether the student is suffering from any serious condition or not. Sometimes the embassy does not allow student visas for some students who have very serious health conditions as it may take a toll on the student’s health while traveling. Therefore, if the student is healthy enough to travel, the embassy allows the visa processing further.


Q1. How long does it take to get a student visa in New Zealand?

A1. A student visa in New Zealand can take up to at least 5 to 6 weeks at the most after the whole processing of the visa. Sometimes the processing ends fast and the visa can be collected before the given date and vice versa.

Q2. Is IELTS required for a New Zealand student visa?

A2. No, not necessarily IELTS is required for New Zealand student visa, any English Proficiency exam scores can be given during the documentation whether it can be IELTS or TOEFL or any other English Proficiency score proof.

Q3. How much is a New Zealand student visa?

A3. Students who are applying for the New Zealand institutes should apply for a New Zealand student visa which is for 330NZD + Rs.722 approximately for the process of the student visa.

Q4. Is there any interview for a New Zealand student visa?

A4. Yes, there is an interview round for the individual who is applying for the student visa for New Zealand. In the interview session, the individual should contain all the detailed documents and requirements and are presented with a list of questions to be answered for.

Q5. Is it expensive to study in New Zealand?

A5. No. New Zealand is comparatively cheaper than countries like the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Ireland, etc. which are believed to be educational hubs with reputed institutes.

Q6. How can I get PR in New Zealand?

A6. There are basic 5 requirements to get PR in New Zealand which are as follows:


  • Age should be less than 55 years.
  • Good command over the English Language.
  • Good health and character certificates should be needed.
  • A job or selection offer letter should be present.
  • Proof and reason to stay in the country should be given.


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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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