Applying for a new student visa in New Zealand
This information only applies to students who are already in New Zealand on a valid student visa and whose current visa is expiring.
From Monday 27 November the International Student Information Centre will be merging with the ClockTower Information Centre and will be based in Alfred Nathan House. The new information centre will be called AskAuckland Central and their staff will process student visa applications.
Current students may now apply for a student visa for the 2018 academic year. However, if Semester 2, 2017 was your first semester at the University you will need to wait for Semester 2 grades to be declared before applying for a visa.
Student visa applications will be accepted on campus until 3pm on 8 December 2017. Appointments for student visa applications will open again on 8 January 2018. Between 9 December 2017 and 7 January 2018 you can submit a student visa application directly through Immigration New Zealand.
If you are not in New Zealand yet and your main reason for coming here is to study, Immigration New Zealand expects you to enter the country on a student visa (not a visitor visa). You should therefore obtain a valid visa before leaving your home country. See Student visas.
*AskAuckland Central cannot accept visa applications for students who do not currently hold a valid student visa. If you hold a visitor or work visa, you will have to apply directly through 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, 2018).
If you are applying for a student visa commencing in Semester Two, you may only be granted a visa for one semester.
Note: If your programme has changed then you must apply for a new visa, as the programme on your student visa must match the programme you are enrolled in.
If you are under 18 years old, you must submit a guarantee of accommodation with your student visa application. See Information for under 18 international students or contact the International Student Support Team: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I apply for a student visa through the University?
If you wish to apply through the University:
- Make sure that you have all the required documents.
- We can only accept student visa applications submitted at least 7 days before your current student visa expires.
- To be eligible for a student visa you must be enrolled in at least 45 points per semester (usually three courses of 15 points each). This may exclude Study Abroad and Exchange students who generally take 60 points (usually four courses of 15 points each). If you are enrolled in fewer points than the above, please discuss your situation with staff at AskAuckland Central, or with Immigration New Zealand, as restrictions apply.
- Exchange and NZAID students must apply for a student visa either at an Immigration New Zealand office or online (i.e. the University will NOT be able to process your application).
- If you hold a work, visitor or working holiday visa you must apply directly through Immigration New Zealand.
Please download and complete the University of Auckland student visa application form and relevant coversheet below.
You can get a hard copy of the visa application form and coversheet from AskAuckland Central.
You can download the Medical and Chest X-ray certificate (form INZ1007) or the Chest X-ray certificate (INZ 1096) from Immigration New Zealand.
When do I apply?
You must submit your completed student visa application to AskAuckland Central at least 7 days before your current student visa expires. You cannot leave New Zealand while your visa application is being processed.
Immigration New Zealand
If you are applying through Immigration New Zealand, we recommend submitting your application at least 30 days before your current visa expires.
What documentation do I require?
Application checklist for all students
- Completed, signed and dated application form.
- New Zealand residential address which must be the same address registered on Student Services Online.
- Two passport-size photographs (less than 6 months old).
- Proof of University of Auckland tuition fees payment. You can print your statement from Student Services Online – refer to the additional information on page 4 of the visa application form.
- Proof of Funds – refer to the additional information on page 3 of the visa application form.
- Evidence of outward travel – refer to additional information on page 3 of the visa application form.
- Your passport (make sure you have blank pages and your passport doesn’t expire for at least 3 months).
- Enrolment letter/offer letter: You should not need to apply for an enrolment letter.
- New students: Attach or upload your offer letter from the University of Auckland
- Current students: Attach or upload you unofficial transcript from Student Services Online
- PhD students: Updated Registration Summary from Student Services Online
Additional requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate students (excluding PhD students)
- You must be enrolled in at least 45 points per semester (usually three courses of 15 points each). This may exclude Study Abroad and Exchange students who generally enrol in 60 points (usually four courses of 15 points each). If you are studying less points than the above, please discuss your situation with the staff at AskAuckland Central, as restrictions apply.
- New students: Please print and attach a transcript from your previous institution or school.
- Current students: Please print your unofficial transcript from Student Services Online. Please refer to the additional information on page 4 of the visa application form.
- Attendance certificate/letter:
- You must provide an attendance certificate or letter if you have previously studied in New Zealand (excluding university students).
- Immigration New Zealand attendance policy states that to be eligible for a student visa a student must have a minimum of 96 per cent attendance in their previous academic year.
- If you have not fulfilled this requirement, you must apply for your visa at an Immigration New Zealand office (The University will not be able to process your student visa application).
- Important note on academic progress:
- Immigration New Zealand’s academic progress policy states that to be eligible for a student visa, a student must pass at least 75 per cent of their courses each semester. If you did not do this in your previous semester, then you must apply for your visa at an Immigration New Zealand office or online (ie, the University will not be able to process your student visa application).
- If you have not met Immigration New Zealand’s academic progress requirements and would like to discuss your situation, please contact an International Student Adviser.
Additional requirements for PhD students
- Updated registration summary. Please log into Student Services Online for a copy.
- Current PhD students must be enrolled for the upcoming year.
Do I need any additional documentation?
The following documents may also be required. It is your responsibility to contact Immigration New Zealand regarding the validity of your medical, chest x-ray, and police certificates, and find out whether you need to submit new certificates.
Immigration New Zealand will contact you if further documents are required.
Medical & Chest X-ray certificates
- Medical and Chest X-ray certificates must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand within 3 months from date of issue.
- Medical and Chest X-ray certificates must be submitted every 36 months or when requested by Immigration New Zealand.
- Police certificates must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand within 6 months of the date of issue.
- A national police certificate from your home country must be submitted every 36 months. If your national police certificate is not in English, you must translate the certificate and submit both:
- The original police certificate.
- The original translation of the police certificate.
For information on how to apply for a police certificate, visit Immigration New Zealand.
Immigration New Zealand contact details:
Phone: (09) 914 4100
Freephone: 0508 558 855
Student visa application fees
|Application submitted to:||Fee|
|Immigration New Zealand (online application)||$250|
|Immigration New Zealand (paper application)||$277|
- Payment can be made via EFTPOS or Visa/Mastercard.
- We regret we are unable to accept cash payments.
- Student visa application fees are non-refundable. Please ensure that you meet the criteria and provide the necessary documentation before the 7-day deadline.
- If you have any queries or concerns about applying for your student visa on campus, please contact the AskAuckland Central before you pay the fee.
Applying through Immigration New Zealand
For paper applications, download the student visa application form from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) and send your completed application directly to Immigration New Zealand.
The application must include:
- application fee of $277 ($250 if you apply online)
- full academic transcript (an unofficial academic transcript is acceptable).
You can post your paper application to:
Immigration New Zealand (INZ)
Private Bag 92223
Auckland Mail Centre