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Student Visa Requirements for New Zealand

Applying for a New Zealand student visa? Here’s more information about it.


The New Zealand Government provides an opportunity for all Indian students to study in the country full-time however, you’ll first have to obtain a student visa. The visa you need will depend on your age, the type of study you want to pursue, and how long you want to stay in New Zealand.

Visa types:

As an Indian student, you would most commonly require a Fee Paying Student visa. Keep in mind while studying in New Zealand, it’s important to maintain your Fee Paying student status. This status relates to the purpose, or reason why you came to New Zealand.

Documents required

To apply for the New Zealand student visa you will require the following documents

A valid passport which is valid for a minimum of 3 months post the completion date of your studies

A letter of acceptance from a New Zealand education provider. The course must be approved by the NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority)

Academic documents such as transcripts, semester wise mark sheets, degree certificates

Complete student visa application form

Tuition fee payment receipt

Passport-sized photographs as per the latest specifications

Additional evidence of funds to cover for all the tuition fee expenses for the course duration and living and accommodation expenses.

Evidence of funds may be Education loan sanction letter, bank statements, FD certificate,

Medical Examination

Police clearance certificate.

Please bear in mind, this may not be a comprehensive list and we recommend that you visit us and speak with a New Zealand visa expert to get personalized assistance.

Application process:

You’ll have to apply for your student visa application online using the New Zealand Immigration website. You can apply up to 120 days before your intended date of the program’s start date. Remember, your application date is the date when your application fee is paid.

Apply online:

As an applicant from India, your immigration cost and receiving centre fee will depend on the kind of submission you make – online or paper.

Type of submissionApplication costReceiving centre fee
OnlineNZD 270 (approx. INR 13,033)INR 690
PaperINR 14,300INR 1,038

Do check the latest fee here

English language requirement

To gain your study visa for New Zealand, you’ll have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.

(IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for study, work and migration. The IELTS results are recognized by more than 10,000 organizations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.


As part of your application, you will also be required to furnish your biometric information. As an Indian student, you’d need to provide your fingerprints to the authorities.

How can we help ?

If you’re an ProAmica student with an offer letter from any of our partner institutions in the New Zealand, we can advise you on how to go about the entire process. We’ll make sure you are fully informed on the latest visa requirements and conditions; and also help you prepare the right documents for your submission.

Our team will direct you to the official websites and to authorized immigration representatives to ensure you have the latest application forms and guidance.

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