Applying for a Visa as a Returning International Student on Campus

Please note: If you hold a Visitor or Work Visa you must apply for your Student Visa directly with Immigration NZ using the Immigration Online application process.

The University of Canterbury is accredited by Immigration NZ as a Students Online Partner. This means you can only apply for your student visa on campus (Ilam Campus, Christchurch) if you are already in New Zealand and have a student visa you want to renew. You must also 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

To apply for a student visa, you will need to be complete and bring with you the student visa application form when you complete your enrolment in person

**If you are planning on submitting your student visa application on campus, UC recommends you to call Immigration NZ Contact Centre (0508 558855) to check whether you need to provide medical certificates, chest x-ray certificates or police clearances prior to lodging your visa application with UC. The Immigration NZ Contact Centre is available 24/7 to give updates on what needs to be submitted with applications. UC does not have access to Immigration NZ records to provide this information or advice.

To apply for a student visa, please complete the visa application form below:

*Please note: The new form requires two passport-size colour photos. You can have these taken at the Uni Pharmacy if you are on campus - NZD$15.

Student Visa Fee 

If you apply for your visa through UC, the fee for 2020 is NZD$258. This is paid on completion of your enrolment.

Student Visa Total Fee (all prices are NZD) $285
This is made up of the following:  
Immigration NZ application fee $110
Immigration NZ Levy $25
Immigration International Visitor and Tourism Levy (IVL) $35
UC Service Charge $115

 The processing fee for students applying directly to Immigration New Zealand can be found here.

More information

If you have any questions about applying for a student visa please contact

Applying for a Post Study Work Visa

Immigration New Zealand now requires Graduate students to submit their post study work visa applications online and this will enable them to receive e-visas in a timely manner.

The University of Canterbury can no longer accept Post Study Work visa applications effective 28 March 2016.