Foreign Government Supported Student Visa

An individual can study in New Zealand for more than 3 months if they have a foreign government loan or scholarship. During their stay here they can enjoy New Zealand’s high-quality teaching standards and gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Visa Eligibility:

  • The individual needs to have a foreign government loan or scholarship.
  • An individual can only apply for this visa if the country supporting their study has an education agreement with New Zealand.
  • They need to provide evidence that their tuition fee will be paid by the loan or scholarship
  • The need to meet the character requirements.

What does this visa allow for:

  • Study full-time at the course stated on their visa – this includes schools, tertiary (study after secondary school) and English language study.
  • Work part-time up to 20 hours a week while studying and full-time in the holidays, depending on their visa conditions.
  • Live by themselves above a certain age, otherwise, they’ll need to come with their parent or legal guardian.

Things to note:

  • An individual can only apply for this visa if the country supporting their study has an education agreement with New Zealand.
  • If they want to bring their partner or children with them, they can apply for visas based on their relationship to them.

Visa conditions:

If an individual is granted this visa, there are certain conditions that are described below that they must meet

Entry permission – The individual must apply for entry permission when they arrive in New Zealand. They can do this by completing an arrival card, which they’ll be given on the way to New Zealand.

They individual can be refused entry permission if:

  • They do not meet the character requirements
  • Their circumstances have changed since they were granted a visa
  • They refuse to let their photo be taken or to provide their fingerprints or an iris scan when asked to do so.
  • They’re unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of their visa.

Travel – If an individual wants to travel in and out of New Zealand, they must have valid multiple entry travel conditions to return to New Zealand.

If they’re applying from inside New Zealand, they’ll normally receive a multiple entry travel condition when they’re granted this visa.

If they don’t have multiple entry travel conditions and they leave New Zealand, their visa will expire. Their travel conditions will be recorded on their visa label or in their visa letter.

Onward travel- During the length of their visa, they must have a travel ticket or funds available to buy a ticket to a country they can enter. The funds can be in the form of any of the following:

  • Sufficient funds held in New Zealand to purchase a travel ticket
  • An acceptable form of financial undertaking by their guarantor
  • Current sponsorship by an acceptable sponsor.

If their visa label or letter doesn’t say ‘Financial evidence not required’ or ‘The holder of this visa is sponsored’, they may be asked for evidence of funds when they arrive in New Zealand.

Work – They may be allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during all scheduled holidays and/or during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

When they have a job in New Zealand, they have to pay tax on their earnings. they’ll need to have a New Zealand bank account and an IRD number to do this.

We don’t grant work rights to students under 16.

They aren’t allowed to be self-employed. They have to work as an employee with an employment agreement and not as an independent contractor. They can’t provide commercial sexual services or operate a business that provides these services.

Parent or legal guardian- If they’re required to be accompanied, their parent or legal guardian must live with them while they’re studying and they can’t leave New Zealand without them.

Attendance and progress- They must study full-time and attend their course at the approved education provider noted on their visa, unless they have a reasonable excuse for absences. They must make satisfactory progress on their course.

Medical insurance – They must maintain their medical insurance while in New Zealand.

Visa Expiry – They must leave New Zealand before their visa expires. Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label, or included in a visa letter.

In addition to the above-mentioned conditions, there are other factors and criteria to be taken into consideration.

For more information and eligibility requirement please Contact us or complete the Assessment Form and email us.