All Indian students have the opportunity to study in New Zealand. However, as a condition of entry, you will need to apply for a student visa. The type of study and the length of your stay will determine which visa you require.
Documentation required for New Zealand’s Fee-Paying Student Visa
You will need the following to apply for a New Zealand visa:
- Your passport must be valid for at most three months following your stay in New Zealand.
- A letter from a New Zealand education provider confirming acceptance must include details about the course’s minimum duration and total tuition fees. The course must also be approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority
- A place offer from an educational institution that has been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
- If you are under 18 years old, a written guarantee from an institution that you will be able to find suitable accommodation in New Zealand.
- You must have proof of sufficient funds or a return flight ticket to your country.
Additional documentation could include:
- Documents for academic preparation such as transcripts and diplomas, degrees, or certificates
- Current application form – student visa application form
- Visa application fee
- Receipt for tuition fee showing payment up to date
- Photographs in passport-sized sizes
It may be necessary to prove that you have enough funds to pay for your living expenses during your stay. For a full year of studies, you will need to prove that you have NZ$ 15,000 or NZ$ 1,250 per month. This could include:
- A scholarship program
- Statements from banks
- Sponsorship to pay for accommodation and other living expenses
- After completing your course, you must provide evidence that you have left New Zealand. However, this can be in the form of flight tickets.
- If you are 17 years old or older and intend to study for longer than 24 months, a police certificate is required. A police certificate is a document used to prove good character.
- A certificate of X-rays – You will need a chest X-ray if your stay in New Zealand is longer than six months or you are a citizen of a country that has a high rate of tuberculosis or you have spent more than three months in the past five years in a country where there is a high incidence.
- Complete medical exam
It is possible that you will be required to attend a personal interview at the New Zealand consulate or embassy.