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


If you want to travel in and out of New Zealand, you must have valid multiple entry travel conditions to return to New Zealand.

If you don’t have multiple entry travel conditions and you leave New Zealand, your visa will expire.

Check your visa label for your travel conditions.

Funds or sponsorship

You must have enough money to live on while you’re in New Zealand or a sponsor.

We may ask for evidence when you arrive in New Zealand.

If you don’t need to provide evidence, we’ll record it on your visa label.

Work (Religious trainees)

You can only work for the organisation providing your religious training.

Work (Practical work experience, dental and medical trainees)

You can only work for the education provider or employer doing the practical work experience or training that was the basis of your visa application.


You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

If you want to study for longer than this you’ll need to apply for a student visa.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

If you’re a religious trainee, you may be able to apply for another Student and Trainee Work Visa.

Other trainees and students may be able to apply for a Work Visa.

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