Visa - New Zealand visa

New Zealand visa

When applying to study at Kaplan International Languages, you may also need to apply for a visa.

If you are planning to study in New Zealand, you may need to apply for a student visa, however you can also study for up to 3 months on a tourist visa, or for eligible countries up to 6 months on a working holiday visa. 

We aim to answer any questions you might have, so please explore our answers below, however it is recommended that you visit the Immigration New Zealand website to access the most up to date information.

New Zealand visa information

You may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours each week while you have a valid Student Visa, if your course meets certain conditions.

Please visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/ for more information

Last updated: 10 December 2019

Travellers can study on a visitor visa only if they wish to stay in New Zealand for less than 3 months and the main intention for visiting is tourism.

Travellers from a visa waiver country are entitled to enter New Zealand without obtaining a visa if they are staying less than 3 months, but must apply for a NZeTA (NZ Electronic Travel Authority) and pay the International Visa Levy.

To view more information and to see if your country is on the visa-waiver list, please visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/ 

Last updated: 11 December 2019

You can apply for your student visa online, please visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/study/application/

Last updated: 13 September 2017

INZ has offshore offices, listed here: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/general/aboutnzis/contactus/

If you are not able to visit these offices you can also try the nearest New Zealand embassy to your country. For assistance refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Embassies/1-NZ-representatives-overseas/index.php  

 

Last updated: 13 September 2017

Apply as far in advance as possible, however we recommend giving yourself at least two months prior to your start date to allow for visa processing. Processing times for each country are different, so speak to your agent or Kaplan representative.

Last updated: 11 December 2019

Yes, we need to have a start date in order to process an application. Enough time should be given for your visa to be processed and accommodation secured.

You can’t get a student visa without proof of a start and end date (to determine whether the length of your course is valid for the student visa).

Last updated: 02 February 2016

 

All visas are issued by Immigration New Zealand, however Kaplan International Languages Auckland is a recognised online visa processing centre for Immigration New Zealand. This means existing students with valid student visas can apply for a student visa extension via Kaplan International Languages Auckland. The student visa extension will still be processed by Immigration New Zealand. In order to take advantage of this, you must have a minimum of 90% attendance.

Last updated: 11 December 2019

Your student visa will typically be valid for the duration of your course plus up to 4 weeks.

Please visit the Immigration New Zealand website.

Last updated: 11 December 2019

Kaplan International Languages is able to provide you with the documents to prove you are a confirmed student at our school (Letter of Offer and Receipt of paid tuition fees). However, prior to arrival, it is the student's sole responsibility to complete the visa application and provide the supporting documents.

Please visit the Immigration New Zealand website for a checklist to help you with your first student visa application.

Once you are at Kaplan International Languages, we will be glad to help you change your visa or apply for a visa extension - via our service as a recognised Immigration New Zealand online visa processing centre. All visas are processed by Immigration New Zealand.

Last updated: 11 December 2019

As per the Terms and Conditions fees paid will be refunded on receipt of written notification and proof that your visa application was denied prior to your start date.

Under New Zealand law, you are entitled to appeal your student visa refusal if you meet certain conditions as outlined at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/tools-and-information/general-information/reconsideration-of-a-declined-visa

Once you are at Kaplan International Languages, we will be glad to help you change your visa or apply for a visa extension - via our service as a recognised Immigration New Zealand online visa processing centre. All visas are processed by Immigration New Zealand.

Last updated: 11 December 2019

Yes, if you would like to continue your studies with Kaplan International English, our Student Services team will be glad to assist you with your Student Visa extension. You should notify Student Services of your plans to extend at least 4 weeks prior to your last day of study or 4 weeks before your current visa expires.

Last updated: 07 November 2019

Eligibility and requirements vary from country to country. Please review the requirements for your country at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas

Last updated: 11 December 2019

Kaplan International Languages recommends that all students arriving into New Zealand carry with them proper documentation as stated on the New Zealand Customs webpage: https://www.customs.govt.nz/personal/travel-to-and-from-nz/travelling-to-nz/on-your-arrival/

Last updated: 12 December 2019

You can change your start date any time before entering New Zealand. Contact Kaplan International Languages to confirm your new start date as soon as you know about the change. You will need to check with Immigration New Zealand to find out if you need to reapply for a new student visa to accommodate the new dates.

Last updated: 12 December 2019

Most students will arrive the weekend immediately before their course commencement. The student visa issued to you by Immigration New Zealand will notify you of the dates your student visa is valid. You should adhere to these dates.

Last updated: 12 December 2019

In general, you must show the Port of Entry Officer the following documents. If these documents are missing or incomplete, you may be detained, questioned or denied entry altogether:

                                    A valid (non-expired) passport

                                    A valid (non-expired) Student Visa (if applicable)

                                    Bank statement

                                    Proof of outbound travel (if arriving on a visitor’s visa)

                                    Documents from Kaplan International English:

- Letter of Acceptance 

- Receipt

For more information checkout the NZIS website: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/study/imacceptedtellmemore/arrivinginnewzealand/

Last updated: 13 September 2017

Students on a Student Visa must study full time. Full time study is 20 hours of English tuition per week. 

Last updated: 12 December 2019

Working holiday visa information

Working Holiday visas have different eligibility requirements depending on your country of origin, and yearly quotas.

To find out how many places are available and if you are eligible for the scheme, please visit http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/work/workingholiday/

Last updated: 26 November 2019

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