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Obtaining a visa to New Zealand

New Zealand

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Design specifics

A visa to New Zealand can be issued in two ways. You can choose for yourself a more convenient way.

The first option is to fill out all the Embassy forms on the site and upload scans of all your documents to your application. Pay online consular fee. The passport at the time of such filing remains with the applicant. In the future, the Embassy contacts you and invites you to enter the original foreign passport for applying for a visa at the Visa Application Center.

The second option is to submit documents through the visa center and provide the originals of all documents, including a passport, for consideration.

The fastest and easiest way to apply for a guest visa is online.

Applications are recommended to be submitted before November and after March, since the winter season is considered a very busy period and a huge number of applications are processed.

All documents are submitted in English.

3-month guest visa

To travel to New Zealand for tourism, visiting relatives or friends, taking short-term studies or language courses, you will need to get a guest visa.

Before traveling to New Zealand, you need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least three months longer than the expected departure date.

An important point for obtaining a visa are financial guarantees. You must have at least 1000 New Zealand dollars per month or 400 New Zealand dollars per month if you have already paid for your stay.

Evidence may include:

  • confirmation of prepayment for accommodation, for example, vouchers or prepaid receipts at the hotel
  • Bank statements
  • credit card statements

If you are sponsored, your sponsor resides in New Zealand and must provide evidence that he can look after you. Evidence may include:

  • recent bank statements
  • payroll
  • Employment contract
  • owning a house or paying rent.

In your visa application, you must indicate that you will pay all medical expenses or medical assistance you receive in New Zealand. To do this, you need to take out medical insurance for the entire expected period of stay.

A prerequisite is the purchase of a round-trip ticket. If you are not a citizen of the country to which you will return after visiting New Zealand, you must provide proof of your legal right to enter that country.

Citizens do not pay a consular fee for a guest visa.

The fee for sending a passport for inserting a visa in 2019 is 1840 rubles

90 percent of applications are processed within 20 days, if this is not a high season.

Long-term study visa for more than 3 months

The first difference from a guest visa is the condition that you may need to have a chest x-ray and undergo a medical examination to prove your condition health. Students with full payment for the course usually do not need to provide a medical certificate.

You may also need to provide police certificates as evidence of a criminal record in the country of permanent residence.

If you are 17 years old or older and will be in New Zealand for more than 24 months (including the time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police reports:

  • your country (s) of citizenship
  • in any country in which you have spent more than 5 years since you turned 17 years old.

To obtain a long-term visa for the purpose of education, the student is required to receive an original for admission. Your confirmation of enrollment - should include:

  • your course name and course duration
  • confirmation that your education will be paid by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • will your study be full-time, part-time or distance
  • if your course is designed for more than one academic year, then the invitation should include the dates of all planned vacation courses
  • If you are under the age of 18, confirm that your accommodation is compliant with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students .

Site offerings should also include information that you have English language skills and academic ability to succeed in the course.

If you study several courses or one course for more than one year, you must provide evidence that you have enough money to pay for first year or year of study, as well as how you will pay for tuition in subsequent years.

Evidence may include:

  • A letter from your approved provider of education indicating payment paid or that you should not pay

As for a guest visa, in the student application, you must declare that you agree to organize and purchase insurance.

  • Your insurance policy must cover your trip from the date you arrive in New Zealand until the day you leave.

You can take out insurance through your education provider. If you take out your own insurance, your educational provider can provide you with more information about what your policy should cover.

How to prove that you have enough money to live in New Zealand?

  • Provide proof that you have 15,000 New Zealand dollars for a full year of study or 1250 New Zealand dollars per month while in New Zealand
  • documents confirming that your living expenses have been paid, for example, if you will live in a local family while studying
  • If you have been studying for more than 1 year, you must provide evidence that you have enough money to support yourself during the first year, and show how you will pay for living expenses in subsequent years.
  • Evidence of how you will pay in subsequent years should be money that you can access during your stay in New Zealand, such as savings or family income.

The consular fee is 330 $.

The fee for sending a passport for inserting a visa in 2019 is 1840 rubles.

90 percent of applications are processed within 3 months, if this is not a high season.

Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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