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 on campus.

**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.

Student visa application form:

Student Visa Fee 

The fee for a student visa application, processed with the Enrolments office at the UC Ilam campus, is NZ$220.00 (as of 1/01/2019). This will be charged to your student account to be paid on completion of your enrolment.

The current NZ$187.00 fee (2018 fee) for applications made on campus is comprised of a NZ$100 Immigration NZ application fee, NZ$17 Immigration NZ Levy and a NZ$103 UC service charge. 

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.