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Student Visa Procedure

Student Visa Procedure

New Zealand Student Visa Process

We at western overseas provide you a few steps to undergo the procedure of getting a study visa for New Zealand:

Step 1: Apply for Admission in College/University

This is the foremost step towards your dream to study abroad. There exist hundreds of colleges and universities to choose among in New Zealand. You will find many colleges/universities offering the courses that you are interested in. The best way is to conduct research on the best universities and college in New Zealand offering relevant courses and shortlist a few of them. Afterwards, browse the website of shortlisted colleges and decided with one that you find suitable in terms of education quality, ranking, course structure, course fee and other facilities for international students.

Once you have decided what and where you wish to study, complete the application to the institution of your choice. While applying for admission, you will be required to submit a few documents, including the proof of your previous academic qualifications; and in the majority of cases, you need to submit a proof of your English language ability. Now wait for your offer letter!

Step 2: Undertake Medical and PCC

After receiving your offer letter from an institution, you will need to undergo a medical examination by one of the doctors approved by the Immigration New Zealand. A list of doctors approved by the panel can be found by visiting the link given below: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/paneldoctors/ At the same time, you will need to arrange for your Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from Regional Passport office or from the Deputy Commissioner of Police of your area.

Step 3: Visa Lodgment

To lodge your visa application for student Visa for New Zealand, you will need to provide the documents outlined in the checklist provided on the immigration website of New Zealand (http://www.immigration.govt.nz/). In relation to your financials, it is strongly recommended that you take advantage of the Funds Transfer Scheme (FTS) offered by the ANZ bank. The benefits of using the FTS are explained below.

Step 4: FUND TRANSFER SCHEME

FTS is for those students who genuinely intend to study in New Zealand but have no access to fund older than six months. In FTS, students need to transfer the living expense of 12 months (or as directed by Immigration New Zealand) to a bank account (ANZ Bank) in New Zealand, in addition to paying the tuition fee for 1 year. The amount deposited in the bank is locked for 12 months (or as per immigration New Zealand instructions for a given period) and is then drip fed to the student on a pre-arranged basis.

Step 5: New Pathway Student Visa Pilot - Less Paperwork, Less Hassle

If you want to study more than one program on one student visa, then New Pathway Student Visa Pilot program is for you. Under this program, students can study three consecutive courses on one student visa, over a period of up to three consecutive years. 

For example, if you take an English language course, transfer to a year-long foundation programme, and then move onto a degree course, all three courses are included on the one visa.

What are the benefits?

1. You only have to apply once: One visa will cover up to three courses, over a maximum period of five years. 

2. You’ll have a seamless study experience: Your study will be mapped out from the start, making the transition between courses (and providers) much smoother – allowing you to focus on your studies.  

3. Your education providers will support you throughout your studies
If your pathway includes more than one participating institution, then the providers must have a formal agreement to take care of your and your education while you’re in New Zealand. 

4. You may be able to work while you study
Some courses allow you to work for up to 20 hours each week and full-time during scheduled breaks and/or the summer vacation period. 

If your first course qualifies for work rights, then you’ll be granted the ability to work for the duration of your visa.  If only your second or subsequent programme of study is eligible, you’ll need to apply to Immigration New Zealand for a variation of conditions before you can start working. 

The Pathway Student Visa Pilot began in December 2015 and will continue until June 2017. 

Step 6: Payment of Tuition Fees

After the lodgment of your visa application, and once you have received the " Approval in Principal (AIP) " of your visa from the Immigration New Zealand, you will need to pay your 1st years tuition fees to the respective institution.

At this point, the students using FTS will also need to transfer their living expenses contribution to their ANZ bank account.

Step 7: Visa Outcome

You will be notified you of outcome of your visa application on your email and you can then collect your passport. Now is the time for you to start planning your travel and accommodation for New Zealand!

How Western Overseas helps you with this Process?

However, student visa process for New Zealand is not as easy as it appears. It involves little hassle and needs to be carrying out carefully. Single mistake can create huge mess with your visa application. At Western Overseas, We can help you navigate through various processes available to make studying overseas a whole lot easier.

Here is how we help you:

  • We provide you a FREE Counseling session (Telephonic/In-person) to help you choose a right college/university and industry-oriented course in New Zealand.
  • We provide you a checklist of documents that you need to submit at the time of applying to the chosen college and we take the responsibility of doing all the hard work of tracking the applications by staying in touch with the institution, on your behalf.
  • In relation to your financials, Western Overseas strongly recommends that you take advantage of the Funds Transfer Scheme (FTS) offered by the ANZ bank.
  • Just like your admission application, Western Overseas helps you lodge your visa file. We will keep you updated on the progress of your application and will take the hard work out of tracking your application by staying in constant touch with the visa officer, on your behalf.
  • We will notify you as soon as we get to know the outcome of your application for your study Visa for New Zealand and you can then collect your passport.
  • At Western Overseas, we can help you organize your travel arrangements to begin your new student life in New Zealand. Air ticketing, insurance and foreign exchange can all be arranged through us to make studying overseas easier and a once-in-a-life experience!

 

Remember, all our services are free of charge!