New Zealand Overview

New Zealand is an internationally recognized source of high quality education as well as research excellence. New Zealand’s capital city is Wellington, while its most popular city in Auckland. New Zealand enjoys temperate climate which is moderated by the seas surrounding it. It has progressive education system with state of art facilities. Qualifications are internationally recognized. New Zealand is on all side as Japan or Great Britain. The country side is different & quite amazing. New Zealand itself is quite amazing & multicultural nation.

Why Study In New Zealand

New Zealand has an International reputation as a provider of quality education. It provides safe learning environment which provides excellent study opportunities & support service for International students. Courses are a available at Universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and personal training establishments. Campuses are highly intercontinental, with students from all corner of the globe studying and socializing together.

New Zealand has progressive world class education system with state of art facilities. Qualifications are internationally recognized. As English is day-day language in New Zealand, Indian students find it very easy to study, live & interact in New Zealand. Moreover the NZ accent is easy to understand.

The New Zealand government is spending steadily in its education sector with projections of International enrolments. Moreover 7 of the 8 Universities in New Zealand have consistently featured in the top 500Universities across the globe. The NZQA assures the quality of program me offered by state institutions and a private foundation, which in turn ensures that program offered New Zealand, maintains International reorganization.

Educational institutions in New Zealand offer a wide variety of courses and New Zealand welcomes international students at all of its institutions. Students intending to study in New Zealand can be assured of achieving qualifications that are at a standard comparable to qualifications achieved in leading educational institutions in other parts of the world.

The New Zealand Government has put in place strong national quality assurance systems, designed to help institutions maintain the quality and consistency of training and assessment programmes. All courses, programmes and qualifications offered by registered providers must be approved by a quality assurance body.

New Zealand’s temporary immigration policies aim to facilitate the entry of foreign students and have a focus on attracting and developing students who have the skills New Zealand needs. Like other host countries, New Zealand promotes the policy linkages between study, work, and permanent residence. This research shows that over one-quarter of foreign students who study in New Zealand stay on in the country as temporary workers or permanent residents.

Recent changes in New Zealand’s student immigration policy have strengthened the link between study and work, meaning foreign students have greater opportunities to stay on in New Zealand to work.

New Zealand offers a safe and stable democratic political environment. New Zealand does not have high crime rates. Police in New Zealand don’t carry guns and instances of corruption are virtually unheard of. They don’t have abject poverty or hunger, pollution, congestion, health issues and cramped city living that is seen elsewhere.

According to NatWest International Personal Banking Quality of Life Index, New Zealand is ranked as a good place to live, work, and study. It was ranked highly on the basis that it has an affordable cost of living that offers residents a high standard of living.

Newzealand visa guidelines

Documents Required for newzealand student visa for indians:

Student Visa Application Form and Supplementary information form
DD – Visa Application Fee
Covering Letter
Offer letter
Guarantee of Accommodation
Financial Documents
– Tuition fee for First 12 months of study
– Living Expenses for 1 year (NZ$10,000 per annum)
– Plan of payment with evidence of access to funds to meet the tuition for remaining period of study and living expenses
Academic Documents
IELTS Score Card
Evidence of Employment (if applicable)
Health test reports
Police Clearance Certificate

Covering Letter:

Covering letter should include your background covering the evidence of funds, your English language ability (IELTS Score) and Statement of Purpose hand-written by you. Statement of Purpose should address questions like why you are applying for the visa, why you wish to do the course and how the course would help you in future.

Health Requirements:

If you have an offer of place for a course with duration between 6 to 12 months, you must undergo a TB screening X-ray and submit Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate form (NZIS 1096) along with associated medical reports and X-ray. If you have an offer of place for a course with duration more than 12 months, you must undergo a full medical and x-ray examination and submit Medical and Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate form (NZIS 1007) along with any associated medical and laboratory reports.

All students above 17 years of age and intending to stay in New Zealand for more than 2 years must provide a Police Clearance Certificate. For Indian students, Police Clearance Certificate has to be obtained from the Regional Passport Office or Office of Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Processing Time for Student Visa Application:

The processing time for student visa application depend on the application and can vary from 15 to 90 working days.

Student Visa applications are categorized into Positive Profile category A Applications, Positive Profile category B Applications and other Student Visa Applications depending on the risks perceived in the application by the visa officer. Visa application processing times for these categories are as below:

Positive profile category A applications – 15 working days
Positive profile category B applications – 30 working days
Other student visa applications – 75 to 90 working days

Factors used to determine if an application can be categorized as Positive Profile are:

Good Academic Record
IELTS Academic Test Score of at least 5.5
Immediate familys verifiable evidence of funds to meet the educational and living expenses in NZ – including paper trails to explain any recent large deposits in accounts;
Regular source of sufficient income of financial guarantors;
Intended course of study relevant to qualifications and/or work experience
Career progression opportunities
Clear health and character requirements
In addition to the above factors, to be categorized as a Positive Profile Category A Applicant, you must have:

An overall score of 6.5 or above in IELTS Academic Test
Offer of Place to study a course which is at NQF Level 7 or above

Visa Application Approval in Principal: 

Once all the visa documentation requirements are met, the New Zealand High Commission will advise you that the visa application has been approved in principal. For the visa issuance, the following have to be submitted within 1 month of getting the Approval in Principal:

Fee Receipt issued by New Zealand Institution towards payment of tuition deposit for the 1st year of study.
Any other documents suggested by the High Commission.
Visa Issuance would take at least 5 working days after the above documents are received at the New Zealand High Commission.

Newzealand living expense

On an average, an international student spends about 800 – 1000 NZ$ per month on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport & other costs. It is important to note that individuals cost may vary as per their location, course & lifestyle.

On Campus: College hostels (self catered or fully catered)
Off Campus: Rent a Flat/ Apartment, Private Hostels, lodge or Motels
Home stay: with families as per students preference

Newzealand part time jobs

Full-time international students are permitted to work for a maximum of 20 hours in a week while they are studying. They can also work full time (40 hours) during holidays.

Paying Income Tax:

Before you start work, you need an IRD (Inland Revenue Department) number. It normally takes 8-10 days to process your application.

As soon as students receive income from your part-time job or from other New Zealand income sources, they are legally obliged to pay tax to the government. This is usually automatically deducted from the wages by the employer. The tax deducted may vary from 15 cents to 39 cents per dollar, depending on the earnings. However, this deduction can go up to a high, non-declaration rate of 45 cents per dollar if the student does not fill a Tax Code Declaration Form given by the employer at the beginning of work.

If students work only for part of the year, they are probably entitled to a tax refund. To check the eligibility for a refund, students have to contact the IRD for a personal tax summary.