• Student Visas

    Student Visas

Pick New Zealand as the backdrop for your studies and you’ll enjoy beautiful surrounds, adventure tourism, amazing food and the option to work through your studies. You might just make lifetime friendships & connections.  

New Zealand offers an excellent education system with all eight of our universities are in the top 3% in the world. It is ranked as #1 English speaking country in the world for preparing students for the future.

Add in a safe learning environment and a healthy dose of outdoor recreation in our wide-open spaces, and you have a recipe for becoming a resourceful and confident young adult ready to take on the world.  

NZ Visa Connections will help you choose the best possible Student Visa to meet your study goals and maximise your future immigration aims.  

International Student Visa

Full-Fee Paying

This Student Visa option is designed for first-time offshore students and onshore students continuing their studies.  

One key benefit of this Student Visa is being allowed to work part-time whilst you study, meaning more financial opportunities and the ability to secure NZ based work experience.  

The Student Visa is granted for the duration of the study and you may qualify for an open work visa once you graduate. For an application you’ll need to prove to Immigration New Zealand that you have the funds required to support yourself and meet all admission criteria. You need to know why you have selected your particular course and how it contributes to your long-term career plans. NZ Visa Connections will help you build a compelling application and tick all the required boxes to be granted an International Student Visa. 

Dependent Student Visa

If you are moving to New Zealand to study or work and have dependent children who are under the age of 20 and require primary or secondary education, you can apply for a Dependent Student visa for them.  

Your children will then be treated as domestic students upon being granted the Dependent Student Visa, and you won’t be required to pay international tuition fees.   

Note: Immigration New Zealand required the parent on an Essential Skills Work Visa to be earning at least $43,322.76 a year in order for their children to receive a Dependent Student visa.  

Children over the age of 20 who wish to study in New Zealand will be required to file a separate Student Visa application independently. See the details above for International Student Visas.   

How to get a Student Visa application approval 

To be successful with your International Student Visa or Dependent Student Visa application, you will need to show:  

  • Adequate funds to support yourself or your child (if an Essential Skills Work Visa holder) and  
  • Demonstrate your genuine interest and intentions while studying in New Zealand.  

NZ Visa Connections will help you with all Student Visa applications and with readying yourself for a rewarding education experience here in New Zealand.  


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  • "Overall, my experience with NZ Visa Connections has been very pleasant and enjoyable. They provided me with the peace of mind and confidence that everything will be sorted, and that my visa application was in very good hands. The team was very efficient, organized, and “on-the-ball” on all immigration policies and requirements. The weekly video chats to check on the progress of my “paper trail” was very helpful. It was a very professional engagement with a personal touch. "

    Jessica Misa Baird, Work Visa Support

  • "My experience has truly been nothing short of easy and amazing. NZ Visa Connections has been thorough since the inception of our relationship. Understanding the ins and outs of the process has been overwhelming and not always easy to follow. But, they've been transparent, calming and honest during an otherwise difficult to navigate process. The team goes above and beyond and it's very evident they are passionate about the work that they do."

    Ashley Bent, Work Visa Support

  • "Outstanding work from NZ Visa Connections in regards to helping our company secure visas for two of our key staff members. These two wonderful ladies have gone above and beyond for our company. Rebecca was the case manager for two of our staff members and  she worked exceptionally hard to renew their visas on the 11th hour. I was so impressed with her amazing ability to make things happen with such a positive outcome. "

    Lee Dewerson, Employer / Business services

  • "We first meet NZ Visa Connections back in 2017 when we were looking for an advisor to apply for Reon's first work Visa, We have continued to work with NZ Visa Connection ever since. With that said we have found them to be very professional throughout this process and have been Successful with our application for Reon Visas. Reon and myself would have no problem with recommending NZ Visa Connection to any person who needed Visa advice. "

    Ross & Reon Laird, Work Visa Support

  • "I was very nervous about trying to employ an international applicant, but NZ Visa Connections helped me employ the perfect person for our team, even making suggestions so we could apply for a 3-year Visa straight away. They assisted and supported me every step of the way, from helping with the advertisement to preparing Visa application documents, through to procuring the visa’s required for our employee. They were knowledgeable and eminently capable, and I would have no hesitation referring them to any other business thinking about hiring internationally."

    Lisa Coleman, Employer / Business services

  • "NZ Visa Connections basically took the stress out of my work and residence visa applications. I honestly feel so lucky to have found them in the first place --through my sister's colleague's recommendation. They were as amazing to work with as what we heard about them. The whole process was already quite streamlined for us (my partner and I). We simply had to follow through a well-defined checklist with details like: the importance of a specific document, suggestions and prompts for letters and other write up. It was very clear to us that they are the expert we needed."

    Donna Dychinco, Residence Visa support