Applying for a new student visa in New Zealand
Important note: The University of Auckland will no longer be taking visa applications from 17 December 2021 in accordance with Immigration New Zealand’s decision to close off the Provider Direct channel. Immigration New Zealand is making changes to their systems and is expected to have these changes in place by mid-December 2021.
All student visa applications must be submitted directly through Immigration New Zealand. If you hold any other visa, you must also apply directly through Immigration New Zealand.
If you have any questions about your student visa:
Applying through Immigration New Zealand
If you are applying through Immigration New Zealand, we recommend submitting your application at least 45 days before your current visa expires.
For instructions, please visit Immigration New Zealand.
You can apply for a one-year student visa if the two semesters are in the same academic year (for example, Semesters One and Two, 2022).
If your passport expires before your course end date then it is your responsibility to renew your passport and re-apply for a new visa, before your current visa expires.
If you change your programme or you have been upgraded to another programme you must apply for a new visa, as the programme on your student visa must match your enrolment.
If you are under 18 years old, you must submit a guarantee of accommodation from the International Student Support Team with your student visa application.
If you are under 18 years old and would like part-time work rights, please also submit a letter from the International Student Support Team and a letter from your parents giving you permission to do so.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information,
What documents do I require?
Please see the INZ 1013 guide for student visa applications, available via Immigration New Zealand’s website: INZ 1013 guide from Immigration New Zealand (PDF).
Additional requirements for students excluding PhD students
You must be enrolled in at least 3 courses or 45 points per semester/quarter. You must be enrolled for the period you want your visa to cover. If your enrolment is less than this, please see Part-time visa for international students.
If you are enrolled in fewer points than this, please discuss your situation, email firstname.lastname@example.org, as restrictions apply.
If you are a Research Masters student, and you have submitted your thesis, please see How do I apply for my next student visa after submitting my Masters thesis?
If you have any further queries, please contact Immigration New Zealand for advice:
Phone: (09) 914 4100
Freephone: 0508 558 855
Documents from the University of Auckland
The documents you need from the University, for your student visa application, are as follows:
Confirmation of Current Enrolment letter – this letter provides evidence of your enrolment, shows your full-time status (120 points) and includes details of the University’s vacation dates (you may need to upload your enrolment letter more than once, for your application).
You must be enrolled and have paid your fees in full before requesting this letter.
An official letter takes 2-3 working days to process and costs $30.00
A continuing student cannot receive an updated offer letter for their programme, therefore the correct document for a student visa application is a confirmation of current enrolment letter.
Find out more about requesting your certified digital transcript or official letter.
Fee statement – to show the period you have paid your fees and whether all your fees, for the relevant enrolment period, have been paid in full – you can generate a fee statement yourself through Student Services Online. It is best to provide a fee statement, rather than a fee receipt for your visa application.
Unofficial transcript – to show your study performance/academic progress (attendance is not taken at the University so you do not need to provide anything for attendance) – you can generate an unofficial transcript yourself through Student Services Online.
Find out how to view your unofficial transcript.
Your student visa application is likely to be processed more quickly if all the above documents are submitted with your student visa application.
It is very important to submit your visa application before your current visa expires, even if you are missing documentation, such as medical/police certificates, new passports. If you are missing any documentation you should include a cover letter with your application, outlining your situation.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the International Student Support Team.
Student visa application fees
For more information about visa applications visit Immigration New Zealand.