In order to study in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a Student visa. This may seem daunting but don’t worry – your program manager will walk you through every step, and send you a complete Visa Pack with full instructions and details of everything you will need. If you are traveling internationally in the months leading up to your program start date, please let your program manager know.
The New Zealand visa process is a comparatively simple one, and can be completed in five simple steps:
Be sure you have a valid, signed passport that will be good for at least six months following the completion of the program. If you do not have a passport, please begin the process of securing one immediately.
You will need the following materials to complete your visa application:
The online visa application must be fully completed by you. Refer to the Sample Visa Application as a guide to fill out your application. You should also review the Student Visa Guide from the NZ Immigration. If you are unsure of an answer, call your program manager and ask for advice. Do not guess on any question. Here are a few basic steps to begin:
Upload the following items directly to the online application:
Once you've submitted your online visa application, you must fill out the Visa Application Cover Letter and provide:
Additionally, enclose your contact information, phone and email, and return courier address (if applicable) so that you can be contacted by the VAC if necessary.
Please provide these documents promptly; Immigration New Zealand cannot finalize your online application until they receive your passport.
Combine the Cover Letter, your original passport, the VAC Service & Return Courier Fee form, and the printout of the online confirmation page or your online application reference number.
Where to Send: Most U.S. Passport holders should mail their visa application to the Washington DC office.
New Zealand Visa Application Centre - Washington, D.C.
1120 19th Street NW, Suite No. 415
Washington, D.C. 20036
However, U.S. Passport holders residing in the following western states can send their applications to the New Zealand Visa Application Center in Los Angeles: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.
New Zealand Visa Application Centre - Los Angeles
1620 26th Street, Suite 2075N
Santa Monica, CA 90404
How to Send: It is strongly recommended that you mail the completed materials via Federal Express to the appropriate New Zealand visa processing center. While other courier services such as UPS and DHL can be used, Federal Express is the only service that delivers twice a day.
Your materials can be traced by Federal Express in the event that your visa and passport are lost in the mail, so be sure to record your tracking number. (The New Zealand Embassy is NOT responsible for any documents or passports lost in transit).
Helpful Hint: To further ensure a timely return on your student visa, you can also write your departure date on the outside of the envelope. Visas are processed in order of departure date, not in the order the applications are received. This will help the visa officers process your visa in a timely manner.
If you have any questions regarding the visa process, email your program manager or call 1-866-927-2234.