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VISA INFORMATION ABOUT

NEW-ZEALAND

Visa conditions

If you are granted a visa, there are conditions that you must meet. These visa conditions are described below.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you’ll be given on the way to New Zealand.

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • you’re unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa.

Travelling to and arriving in New Zealand

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand until your visa expires.

If you want to do short-term study for less than 3 months, you’ll need a Visitor Visa.

Depending on the length of your course, you may be able to stay in New Zealand for up to 4 years. Check your visa label for how long you can stay.

Your partner may be eligible for a Work Visa for the length of your NZAP scholarship.

Your dependent children may be eligible for a Student Visa.

We can only grant you, your partner or dependent children another visa in the 2-year period following completion of your scholarship, if you have written approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. However, we may grant you:

  • a short-term Visitor Visa if you’re outside New Zealand.
  • a Work Visa at the completion of your study, for qualification-related work experience, for the minimum time needed to complete practical work requirements.

Onward travel

You must have the means to return home at the end of your stay.

You may be asked for evidence of your travel arrangements when you check in or arrive in New Zealand.  If you’re not required to provide evidence, we’ll record it in your visa label or visa letter.

Funding

You must be funded by a New Zealand Aid Programme.

If your New Zealand Aid Programme funding stops, we could ask you to leave New Zealand.

Work

You can work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during the Christmas-New Year holiday period, if you’re studying under any of these schemes:

  •  Commonwealth Scholarships
  • New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships
  • New Zealand Pacific Scholarships
  • New Zealand Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Scholars Award.

You can’t work if you’re studying under any of these schemes:

  • Short-Term Training Awards; New Zealand Regional Development Scholarships
  • English Language Training for Officials.

When you have a job in New Zealand, you have to pay tax on your earnings. You’ll need to have a New Zealand bank account and an IRD number to do this.

For an IRD number, contact Inland Revenue

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You aren’t allowed to be self-employed. You have to work as an employee with an employment agreement and not as an independent contractor.

You can’t provide commercial sexual services or operate a business that provides these services.

Attendance and progress

You must study full-time and attend your course at the approved education provider noted on your visa, unless you have a reasonable excuse for absences.

You must make satisfactory progress on your course.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label, or included in a visa letter.

Return to your home country

You must return to your home country and stay in your country for at least 2 years after you complete your scholarship, so you can apply your new skills and knowledge in government, civil society or private business organisations.

We can only grant you another visa in the 2-year period following completion of your scholarship, if you have written approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

However, we may grant you a short-term Visitor Visa if you’re outside New Zealand or a Work Visa at the completion of your study, for qualification-related work experience, for the minimum time needed to complete practical work requirements.

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