Changing from international to domestic status
During your studies, you may become:
- A New Zealand citizen
- A New Zealand permanent resident
- A New Zealand resident
- An Australian citizen living in New Zealand
- An Australian permanent resident living in New Zealand
This means that you can change your status from international to domestic on your university record.
To change your status from international to domestic
If you have changed your citizenship or residency status in New Zealand or Australia, you will need to provide certified copies of your documents showing this change.
For more information about certifying, please see Certifying copies of your documents for admissions.
Your evidence of citizenship can either be:
- Your New Zealand citizenship certificate
- The front page of your New Zealand passport
Your evidence of residency must include:
- The front page of your passport
- Your resident visa or permanent resident visa
You will need to complete a Student declaration form for identity document.
Once you have submitted your certified documents and they have been processed, your citizenship or residency status will be updated. This may take between two to five working days.
What does changing my residency or citizenship status mean?
By changing your residency or citizenship status with the University, you will：
- Be able to get domestic fees
- Not be required to study with a student visa
I will be getting my residency soon; can I get domestic fees?
You can pay domestic fees only when your residency is granted, but this will also depend on when you get your residency.
If your residency is granted before your semester or quarter begins, you can get domestic fees after changing your residency status with the University.
If you get your residency after your semester or quarter begins, you'll get domestic fees only if the date of issue on your residency visa is before the second Friday of the Semester or Quarter.
This is because all course fees must be paid in full by the second Friday of the Semester or Quarter you’re enrolling into.
Please note, for courses that continue across multiple semesters/quarters (e.g., courses with A and B components), the fee amount due for the full length of the course is determined by the fee status you had when you first began the course.