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New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND

COUNTRY FACTS
Capital: Wellington
Population: 3,951,307
Area: 270,534 sq km
Language: English, Maori
Religion: Protestant, Buddhist
Continent: Australasia
 


New Zealanders value fresh thinking and teach original thinking. When students educated in New Zealand embark on their chosen careers they're valued for the new ideas they are able to contribute in today's new world. New Zealand bases its education programs on the British system. Therefore, New Zealand offers students the most prestigious education system in the world without the expense and inconvenience of living in the Northern Hemisphere. A qualification from New Zealand ranks with the best in the world. It is seen as internationally desirable because students have a high level of practical and theoretical competency when they graduate. New Zealand is an easy, safe place to live and New Zealanders are as famous as the Irish for their warmth and hospitality
Student Visa Application Form (Print on both sides of the page - Black & White Print-Out is acceptable). This form will be filled up by us at US Edu Consult.
One recent passport size. Write your full name and the Passport Number on the back of the photos.
(a) New Zealand Visa Fee has to be paid by Demand Draft favoring "Immigration New Zealand" payable at New Delhi
 (b) (Co-operative Banks drafts / Pay Order / Bankers Cheque are NOT acceptable. Only Demand Draft is accepted. For the latest fees, kindly contact our Counselors.
Covering Letter signed by the student - explaining the evidence of funds being submitted with the application, background of the applicant, applicant's English language ability and the complete list of documents attached. This letter will be prepared by us at US Edu Consult.
(a) Statement of Purpose - Citing the reasons why the applicant is applying, what he wishes to do and how the course would help him in the future.
(b) Also giving reasons as to why the applicant should be granted a student visa. This SOP should not be the same as the one submitted to the University since this is meant for the Consulate.
(c) Our counselor will assist you to prepare the SOP. Kindly keep a copy of the SOP as it will be useful in case of a telephonic interview.
Original + Notarized Photocopy of Offer Letter from the Institution / University
Original + Notarized Photocopy of Guarantee of Accommodation or arrangements for accommodation made in case the student intends to stay with his relative in New Zealand.
(a) Financial Undertaking Form/s (Print on separate pages - Black & White Print-out is acceptable). On Page No.2, the sponsor should sign.
 (b) Also Bank's Stamp and sign would be required on Page No.2 either from the Bank from which you have taken a Bank Loan or from the Bank where you are maintaining bank balance or fixed deposit of Rs 500000 or more.
Affidavit of Support from Sponsors on Plain Paper this should be notarized by a Notary Public. This should also mention the relationship of the Sponsors with the student and other details as per the format given to you.
(a) Bank Authorization Letter from Sponsors (both Parents) addressed to the bank, authorizing New Zealand Immigration Service to verify the Bank balance with the name, telephone number of the bank officials who can be contacted for verification.
 (b) This letter should be printed in duplicate. One copy should be given to the Bank and the 2nd Copy will be sent to NZIS along with the Visa application. The format of the same is given to you.
(c) This letter is required for all the accounts.
Evidence of Funds - Entire course Fees + NZ$ 10000 per year as living expenses.
THE FOLLOWING ARE ACCEPTED SOURCES OF LIQUID FUNDS:
  1. Original Bank Loan Sanction Letter - It should be a detailed letter containing all the terms and conditions of Loan like Rate of Interest, Loan Amount, Margin, Security, Repayment terms, Guarantors, etc.
  2. (1) Bank Balance - Notarized Photocopy of Bank Statements / Bank Passbooks for past 6 months not more than one week old. Solvency Certificates and Bank Balance Certificate is not acceptable.
 (2) Please note that the Bank balance shown in the Bank Statement / Bank Passbook cannot be withdrawn until the Visa is approved. NZIS accepts Bank statements or passbooks of all banks including co-op. banks.
  1. In case of recent Bank Deposits, also provide evidence from where the money has come for e.g. in case of sale of property kindly attach copy of the Sale agreement, in case of sale of shares kindly attach the contract bill along with the previous and the latest Statement.
  2. Notarized Photocopy of Bank Fixed Deposit Receipts / NRE Deposits
  3. Notarized Copies of Employers Provident Fund A/c or Government Provident Fund with telephone numbers for verification, Only Withdraw able amount would be considered
  4. Notarized Photocopy of Post Office Accounts
  5. Notarized Photocopy of National Saving Certificates
  6. Notarized Photocopy of PPF Passbook, Only Withdraw able amount would be considered
Although the following assets are not considered as liquid funds it is highly recommended to show all other available assets like:
  1. Notarized Photocopy Of Share Demat Statements along with the present Market Value Statement / Mutual funds / Bonds
  2. Notarized Photocopy of LIC Policies
  3. Notarized copy of Property Deeds / Flat Agreement. In case of Land, kindly provide Copy of 7/12 Extract. Valuation Report is not required.
Summary Statement of Assets and Income will be prepared by US Edu Consult.
(a) Notarized Photocopy of last 3 years income tax papers of all family members: I.T.Acknowledgement / Form, tax & Statement of Computation of Total Income, In case the sponsor or student is employed also attach copy of Form 16.
 (b) In case of Agricultural Income kindly provide a letter mentioning the agricultural Income for the last 3 years. (Letter should be translated in English by Government Authorized translator)
(c) IF THE COURSE DURATION IS 12 - 18 MONTHS, IT IS STRONGLY ADVISABLE TO SHOW GROSS TOTAL INCOME OF RS. 5.50 LAKHS (MINIMUM) FOR THE LAST I.T. RETURNS FILED OF ALL FAMILY MEMBERS INCLUDED.
If the sponsor is a Businessman, his Business papers can also be produced like Partnership Deed / Memorandum & Articles Of Association, Income Tax Papers for last 3 years as mentioned above and Bank Statements of the Company for last 6 months.
Notarized Copy of Salary Slip of Sponsors and the student, if employed. (Last 3 months).
If Tuition fee is paid in advance, then Notarized Photocopy of payment receipts.
Notarized Photocopy of Educational Certificates
  1. IELTS / TOEFL score
  2. Std. 10 Mark sheet and Passing Certificate
  3. Std. 12 Mark sheet and Passing Certificate
  4. Graduation / Diploma Mark sheets for all years
  5. Graduation Passing Certificate
  6. Degree / Diploma Certificate
  7. Post Graduation Mark sheets for all years
  8. Post Graduation Passing Certificate
  9. Post Graduation Degree Certificate
  10. Other Courses and Diplomas done
  11. Internship / Industrial Training Certificates
Supplementary Information Form (Print on separate pages - Black & White Print-out is acceptable). This form also requires the complete Birth dates of all Family Members including brothers and married sisters. This form will be filled up by US edu Consult.
(a) Notarized Photocopy of Appointment Letters, Promotion Letters, and Work Experience Certificates - on company letterhead of all employers. The company addresses and phone number must be included on the letter.
 (b) Please note that NZIS will telephone all employers to verify the work experience. Kindly do not submit any fraudulent documents. Majority of visa rejections have been on account of fraudulent work experience documents.
Original + Notarized Photocopy of Passport - all pages including blank pages (valid for 6 months)
Notarized Photocopy of Passport of Guarantor, if in New Zealand.
(a) Original Police Clearance Certificate from Regional Passport Office. Police Clearance Certificate is also acceptable.
(b) The time taken to issue PCC varies from passport office to passport office. Please note that it can take much longer to get the PCC in case your current residence address differs from the address mentioned on the passport.
(c) PCC is valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Kindly take a Photocopy of the passport of all pages (including blank pages) before applying for PCC.
The certificate must be the original, bearing the official Ministry Seal.
 (a) Original Medical & T.B. X-ray Certificates from Panel Doctors Only - Reports should be sealed by the Panel Doctor and cannot be opened by the student. - Fill up the prescribed Medical Form.
(b) The medical report is valid for 3 months form the date of issue. For more details on the documents required for Medical examination and the list of panel doctors kindly refer to our checklist.
Visa Application Process:
  1. Once all your documents are complete as per the given checklist. Kindly fix up an appointment with your counselor at your respective centre. It takes nearly four hours to complete the documentation process.
  2. Thereafter we submit your Visa application to TT Services who are the authorized collection agent appointed by NZIS. TT Services will then forward your Visa application to NZIS New Delhi.
  3. NZIS may take a telephonic Interview of the student.
  4. After 3 - 4 weeks NZIS will send the pre visa approval letter toUS Edu Consult.
  5. Thereafter, you have to pay the first year's complete tuition fees to the college or university by telegraphic transfer.
  6. Kindly submit a copy of the TT Advice to us. We shall then send the TT Advice to your college or university.
  7. University will in turn send the fee receipt by email to your Visa Officer directly.
  8. NZIS will then stamp your passport and return it to us. Please note that the passport is returned only one month prior to the course start date.
AIR TICKET BOOKING:
(a) We advise you to make a provisional booking of the air ticket. Air ticket should be booked 3 - 4 days prior to the orientation date. (b) For making the provisional booking, you need not pay the travel agent. The ticket should be issued only after the visa is stamped. PLEASE DO NOT TRAVEL VIA AUSTRALIA, SINCE YOU WILL REQUIRE A TRANSIT VISA FOR AUSTRALIA.
BANK LOAN
We also provides assistance with bank loan. For a complete list of banks kindly contact your Counselor. Please note that it takes at least 3-4 weeks to process the Bank loan.
SPONSORS:
(a) Although anyone can act as your sponsor, it advisable to show your parents or a close blood relative as your sponsor. You can show any number of sponsors.
 (b) Your sponsors could also be your brother, sister, uncle (Father's Brother, Mother's brother), Aunt (Father's sister, Mother's sister), Grandparents, etc.
(c) If available kindly attach their relationship proof like passport copy, pan card copy, etc. If it not possible to show any blood relative as your sponsor, you can also show your friends as sponsors.
(d) The sponsor needs to provide all the relevant documents as per the checklist. Even a New Zealand Citizen or a Permanent Resident can be your sponsor.
 
  1. Visa application should be lodged at least 2 months prior to the course commencement date.
All Photocopies should be clear and should be Notarized
  1. All Original Documents should also be accompanied by one set of Clear Notarized Photocopy
  2. Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR) Stamp is not required for New Zealand, Australia, UK and USA.
  3. (a) The Consulate does not consider the value of Immovable Properties, LIC Policies, Shares, Bonds, Mutual Funds and Jewelers for the purpose of funding the Education in New Zealand. However, they should be shown in the Summary Statement in order to reflect your net worth.
(b) In case of liquid Assets, you should consider the Investment Value and not the                           maturity value. In case of PPF and Employees Provident Fund, the Visa officer will only consider the amount available for withdrawal. However, you can mention the complete amount as shown in the Passbook / Statement.
(c) Please note that for all the assets that are shown in the Summary Statement, documentary evidence is necessary.
  1. (a) The funds required to be shown for Visa purpose will depend on the duration of the course as mentioned on the Offer letter.
(b) For e.g. If the Offer letter mentions Postgraduate Diploma (Duration - One Year), then funds should be                         shown only for One year as follows: 
             Tuition fee - NZ $ ________ 
            + Living Expense - NZ $ 10000 
             + Airfare - Rs. 50000 
(c) The required liquid funds can be shown either through 100% bank Loan or partly through bank Loan and partly through other acceptable liquid funds. You can show any number of Bank accounts.
(d) (1) Please Note that the Visa officer will calculate the Value of One New Zealand Dollar as what prevails on the day when the Visa Application is assessed.
 (2) Therefore, it is advisable to take the conversion rate of New Zealand Dollar on a slightly higher side for the purpose of arriving at the actual cost of Education in New Zealand.
  1. You can apply for Student Visa even 6 months prior to your course start date.
  2. The duration of Student Visa is normally one year. If required it can be easily renewed in New Zealand. The student need not come back to Nepal to renew his Student Visa.
  3. (a) On a Student Visa, the student can work part-time for 20 hours per week during term time and full time during vacation. (b) The minimum wage in New Zealand is NZ$ 10 per hour. Majority of the Nepali students are able to recover their living cost through part time jobs.
  4. On completion of the course the student will be eligible to get a 6 month open work permit which will be stamped in New Zealand. During this time if he gets a job offer his student visa can be converted into a work permit.
  5. Since a New Zealand qualification attract bonus points, most students even become eligible to file their expression of interest for permanent residency, as soon as they get a job offer.
(a) Dependants can also accompany the student. If a student is pursuing a postgraduate course, the dependant is allowed to work full time on a work visa.
 (b) In case the student is pursuing a graduate diploma the dependant can travel to New Zealand on a visitors Visa.
In New Zealand, student is permitted to work 20 hrs a week and full-time during vacations. Some students works as tutor for school children or get jobs on campus in the canteen, the bookshop, in the institution's offices and as laboratory assistants. Some jobs are entirely outside the education community such as bartending, babysitting, gardening, hospitality, sales, information technology, restaurants, checkout work or fruit picking.
Instructions about the method to get admission in Universities of New Zealand

English Language Requirements
English is now a global language. It is the major language of international business, politics, technology, research and sport. New Zealand is an English speaking country with a long tradition of teaching English is an ideal place to learn English. In New Zealand, you can study English at a private English Language School or at a language institute/centre on a University or Polytechnic/Institute of Technology campus. These are located throughout the country in large and smaller cities, giving you a number of choices. A range of courses is available from short courses of 1 week to intensive academic qualifications; your choice will depend on your own individual wishes and needs.
Students are advised to enroll in courses approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for which the issuing of student visas has been approved. These courses meet international standards and are recognized worldwide.
The students must be fluent in the English language if they are to succeed at a university in New Zealand. There are many courses available at public and private institutions in New Zealand and elsewhere to assist international students to reach the required level of English language competence. The universities have specified minimum levels of competence (eg. 6.0 in IELTS or 550 in TOEFL for most undergraduate degrees); details of any higher requirements for specific degrees may be obtained from individual universities. Applications for admission to universities should include certified copies of the highest secondary school certificates received (e.g. GCE 'A' levels, STPM, IB) and official academic records of any tertiary study undertaken (e.g. university, polytechnic, technical college). The basic level of admission is the same across the New Zealand university system. However, individual universities may require higher standards for admission to courses, which are in high demand.

Application procedure
Write directly to the educational institution. The names of the major institutions are available on various websites.
Contact your nearest New Zealand Education Centre or Office. There are some High Commissions and Embassies which have specialized NZECs. If there is no New Zealand Education Centre or Office in your country please contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission. Contact local agents and representatives. Many New Zealand institutions have local authorized agents and representatives. The names and addresses of these representatives can be obtained directly from the institution and in some countries from the NZEC.
Write directly to or email Education New Zealand Student Enquiry Officer, Education New Zealand, PO Box 10-500, Wellington, New Zealand.
Education New Zealand also has a centralized student enrolment system, which helps with the placement of international students. Copies of this form are available through the New Zealand Embassies, High Commissions, and New Zealand Education centers.
Note: When applying to study at New Zealand secondary schools and tertiary institutions, you will be required to send supporting documentation. This may include your education records, transcripts, testimonials, and evidence of English language ability (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS and other tests). English Language Schools do not require evidence of English language ability. Applications must be accompanied by original or certified true copies of academic records (translated into English where necessary and with translations certified).
Process to obtain New Zealand's Student Visa for international students
Immigration and Visa Information

New Zealand has many agreements with other countries, which allow a person to come to New Zealand for 90 days without a visa. During that time, you can study or be a tourist. Please consult your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission for information on visa requirements. The school or institution you choose can also help you with visa information. However, the standard requirements are:

Complete the 'Application for Student Visa' Form :
These are available at the New Zealand Embassy or High Commission and your local travel/education agencies. With the 'Application for Student Visa' you will need to include: 
A recent passport-size photograph.

Payment of a non-refundable visa application fee :
An 'Offer of Place' from a New Zealand education school or institution which states that you have been accepted by the school, the name of the course, the minimum time to complete the course, whether a course fee is required to be paid or the student is exempt from the fee (e.g. scholarship students). The New Zealand institution, which has confirmed your enrolment, will send this 'Offer of Place' to you. Evidence of payment of course tuition fee or evidence of exemption from fee.
Note: Students are no longer required to produce evidence of payment of course fees before their applications are approved in principle.

A guarantee of accommodation :
A written assurance from a New Zealand education institution or other persons that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand. Most New Zealand institutions will assist you with accommodation.
Evidence of sufficient funds to cover your living expenses and return travel back to your home country. You will need to provide medical clearance and character references ONLY for courses, which are longer than 24 months. Contact the New Zealand Embassy or High Commission for further information on this.
Students will only be issued with a student visa if they have enrolled in an approved course at an institution or establishment, which is accredited to offer it. If your application for a student visa is approved you will need a passport which will be valid for 3 months beyond your initial date of departure from New Zealand.

Contact
For matters pertaining to student visas and immigration, students should write to: enquiry@nzis.dol.govt.nz

FINANCIAL AIDS
Scholarships and Financial aid available for International Students in New Zealand
So far financial aids are not available in New Zealand. All courses for overseas students are on a full fee paying basis. Department of Education does not offer any scholarship to foreign students. Nor are there any fellowships, research associate ship etc for higher studies in New Zealand for your support.
However, the overseas students are permitted to work part-time for 15 hours per week providing they are doing a full-time undergraduate course of 2 years or more; or a postgraduate course of 12 months or more.

LIVING COST IN NEW ZEALAND 
Living Cost for International Students in New Zealand
As far as cost of living is concerned it is advised that students budget around NZ$10,000 per annum. Tuition fees can range from NZ$ 11,000 to NZ$ 18,000 per annum depending on course/ program of study. Details of costs can be obtained from the New Zealand High Commission, any of the approved Education Advisors or direct from the NZ institution.

Accommodation
New Zealand takes particular care of students' welfare. NZ institutions assist students in finding accommodation whilst studying in New Zealand. Various types of accommodation are available.
Halls of residence, Student Hostels, dormitories - these are usually located on campus with single or double (shared) rooms. Costs range from NZ$ 500 - 600 per month including food.

Home Stay
Students will live with a New Zealand family with their own room. As a family member, the student has every opportunity to experience the New Zealand way of life. Cost for this (including food) also ranges between NZ$ 500-600.
Apartments/Flats - this is a popular option with Indian students. Most institutions help students find a flat. Students choose their own flat mates. Costs range from NZ$ 450 - 525 per month. This includes food + other expenses.
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