Applying for a Visa as a Returning International Student on Campus

If you are a continuing UC student with a current (expiring) student visa and you are in NZ you can apply for a new visa for your next year of study through UC.  Submitting an application for a new student visa through UC is normally done as part of your Enrolment in Person session with the UC Enrolment Team and involves completing the Student Visa Application Form (INZ1240) and providing all necessary documentation

You will need to meet the following requirements: 

  • Your Application to Enrol has been approved
  • Your current visa has not expired when you make your visa application
  • Your enrolment fees have been paid in full

Note that you will also need two passport-size colour photos as part of your application. You can have these taken at the Uni Pharmacy if you are on campus for NZD$15.

Change of Qualification

If you are wanting to change your qualification (for example from a BCom to a BSc) you will need to apply for your student visa directly with INZ instead of through UC and you will need to provide your Offer of Place for the new programme of study and a letter outlining the reason for the change. 

This does not apply to a natural progression in qualification (for example progressing from a BE(Hons)INT to a BE(Hons) or from an MA to a PhD). If you are unsure whether your qualification change is a natural progression or a full change, email student-visa@canterbury.ac.nz or visit Student Services (Level 1, Matariki Building). 

Student Visa Application Fee 

Applying through UC

The Student Visa Application Fee for 2021 is NZD$285 if you apply through UC:

$110 - Immigration NZ Application Fee
$25 - Immigration Levy
$35 - Immigration International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL)
$115 - UC Service Charge
$285 - Total

This is normally paid during your Enrolment in Person session (when you submit your student visa application). More information on these charges is available on the INZ Fees Guide (INZ0128).  

Applying with Immigration NZ

The cost of applying for a student visa directly with INZ varies, depending on your personal situation. Check the INZ Fees Guide (INZ0128) or the INZ website for more details.

Visitor or Work Visa

If you currently hold a visitor or work visa and you want a student visa, you must apply directly with INZ.

Post-study Work Visa

People who have completed an acceptable qualification in NZ can apply for a post-study work visa. If you are granted a visa, you can work for any employer in NZ and do almost any work. You must apply for a post-study work visa online directly with INZ to ensure you receive your e-visa in a timely manner.