If you’re over 17 and you’ll be in NZ for more than 2 years, you’ll need to provide a police certificate from:
your country of citizenship, and
any country you’ve lived in for longer than 5 years since you turned 17.
Police certificates must be less than 6 months old when you lodge your application with Immigration NZ. If you think you meet the requirements and you’ve collected your documents, you can usually apply online. Make sure you apply at least 6 weeks before you plan to come to NZ.
How to apply
You can apply online or fill out a paper form. If you apply online and supply all the information required, then you are likely to get a decision more quickly.
Applying for a visa online
Visas you can apply for using Immigration Online
You can apply for the following visas using Immigration Online:
Applying to extend your stay in New Zealand
Applying on behalf of an individual for student, work or visitor visa.
You are unable to apply for the following visas:
Groups (tour groups, sports teams etc.)
Check the supporting documents you need to provide with your application
Create your Immigration ONLINE account
Complete all relevant fields in the application as fully as you can
Upload your documents and photo
Pay the application fee with your credit card
Submit the application
An Immigration New Zealander officer will begin assessing your application
A decision is made on your application and you are notified
Your eVisa is issued, or a physical label is placed on your passport.
What you need to apply online
To complete an online application you will need:
A valid credit card
A computer and reliable internet connection
A passport-style photo in jpeg format
PDF copies of your important documents OR a scanner to make copies.
An eVisa is a visa issued without a physical label.
How to use Immigration Online
Information on how to answer questions, available languages and progress through an online application.
Security and privacy The security and privacy of your personal information are important to us. The system will allow information to be shared securely with other organizations online, subject to authorization from users, who will also be able to review and update their own online data.
What to send with your application
You’ll need to provide:
2 colour passport photos
all the required documents, and
a passport that’s valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave NZ.
Documents you may need to send with your application include:
You can usually work up to 20 hours a week during term time, and full time over the holidays.
Who can work on a student visa
The visa in your passport will tell you if you can work, when and for how long.
You can usually work part-time for up to 20 hours per week as long as your full-time study programme is:
at least 2 years in duration, or
at least 1 full academic year, if you’re studying in NZ on an approved tertiary exchange scheme.
You must also be studying on a programme that:
leads to a New Zealand qualification that gives you points towards an application for a Skilled Migrant Category visa, or
is an English language course that meets conditions approved by Immigration NZ, or
is funded by a New Zealand Aid Programme scholarship and you’re studying under the:
New Zealand Development Scholarship
New Zealand Pacific Scholarship, or
New Zealand Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Scholars Award.
Hours you can work
Most NZ student visas let you work up to 20 hours a week during term-time and full time during holidays. Check your visa to confirm the hours you can work. If you have to complete work experience as part of your training, this can be added to your 20 hours a week. Masters by research and Ph.D. students can work as many hours as they like.
What you can’t do
International students aren’t allowed to be self-employed. You must work for an employer and have an employment agreement. You can’t provide commercial sexual services. This means you can’t: