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 email@example.com 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
Applying with Immigration NZ
If you currently hold a visitor or work visa and you want a student visa, you must apply directly with INZ.
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.