Steps for student visa - New Zealand
Step 1: Attend a counseling session
Attend a counseling session at SARC Office to find out your options relating to study destination, courses available and recommended institutions.
Step 2: Apply for admission
Once you have decided what and where you want to study, we will help you complete the application to the institutions of your choice. At the time of application for admission you will be required to submit several documents including proof of previous academic qualifications, proof of your English language ability, Work experience related documents and copy of passport.(if any) We will also provide you with a checklist for the documents you will need to provide when the time comes to apply for your visa (step 4).Average processing time to obtain admission letter is between 1 to 10 days depending on institution and course
Step 3: Undertake Medicals and PCC
After receiving your offer letter from an institution, you will need to undertake a medical examination by one of the doctors approved by the New Zealand Government. A list of the approved panel doctors can be found by visiting: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/paneldoctors/. Support staff at our office will assist you to get the appointment with panel doctors At the same time you need to arrange for your Police Clearance Certificate. This can be obtained from Either SSP office or from Passport Office
Step 4: Visa lodgment
To lodge your visa application you will need to provide the documents outlined in the checklist we provided you in step 2. In relation to your financials, We strongly recommend that you take advantage of the Funds Transfer Scheme (FTS) offered by the ANZ bank. Benefits of using the FTS include
- It ensures that the student will have access to sufficient money to meet cost of living in New Zealand
- Applications submitted under this scheme will not be subjected to in-depth fund assessments thereby reducing processing times
Step 5: Pay tuition fees
After lodgment of your visa applications, and once we have advised you that you have received "Approval in Principal" of your visa from the New Zealand Government, you will need to pay your 1st year's tuition fees as mentioned in your offer letter . You can choose to pay this fee through Telegraphic Transfer (TT) At this point; those students using the FTS will also need to transfer their living expenses contribution into their ANZ bank account.
Step 6: Visa outcome
We will notify you as soon as we know the outcome of your visa application so you can come in and collect your passport. In most cases this is a positive response and it means you can also start planning your travel and accommodation for New Zealand!
Step 7: Travel services
At SARC we can help you organise your travel arrangements to begin your new student life in New Zealand. Air ticketing, insurance and foreign exchange can all be arranged through us to make studying overseas easier!