Important Information for Applicants
It is your responsibility to obtain and maintain the appropriate immigration documentation during your study. Kauri Academy will check your visa/permit for validity at enrolment and retain a copy in your personal file. If your immigration documentation lapses your enrolment will be terminated and the Immigration Service notified.
Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service and can be viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz. See also Student Visa Guide.
Applying For A Student Visa
You can apply for a student visa before traveling to New Zealand. A student visa granted offshore will allow you to travel to the New Zealand border. When you arrive, an officer will check that you meet all of the conditions of your visa to be granted entry permission to study in New Zealand.
You can also apply for a student visa when you are already in New Zealand. A student visa granted onshore will usually include travel conditions allowing multiple journeys, so you can travel out of New Zealand and back in before the expiry of the visa.
Student Visa Conditions
A student visa (whether granted onshore or offshore) allows you to study full time in New Zealand for a limited period of time. A student visa may have conditions you must meet – for example, it may name:
All the information regarding forms, documents, and requirements for lodging a student visa application is available on the Immigration New Zealand website (www.immigration.govt.nz). See also Student Visa Guide.
Students are encouraged to lodge their student visa application as soon as possible as the application process may take a few months.
Working While Studying
You may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours each week during the academic year. You may also be allowed to work full time during the Christmas and New Year period at the end of each academic year. To work you will need to apply for a variation of conditions to your student visa.
One criteria for student to be allowed to work is that the student is undertaking a programme of study in New Zealand that leads to a New Zealand qualification that qualifies for points under the Skilled Migrant Category of Immigration New Zealand’s Residence Instructions.
Post Study Work Visa (Open)
The Post Study Work Visa (Open) allows you to find a job that is relevant to your qualification. It is valid for 12 months, and during this time you can work for almost any employer in New Zealand. After you have found a job relevant to your qualification, you can apply for a Post Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted).
More information on the Post Study Work Visa (Open) may be obtained from the Immigration New Zealand website at www.immigration.govt.nz.