- Current students
- Under 25s
COVID-19: Alert Level 1 Notice
Virtual and face-to-face consults available
Our visa support team will be available for face-to-face or via phone, email, or video for enquiries.
Please email us if you have any questions in regards to your student visa.
International Student Support Advisors
Our International Student Advisors are available for face-to-face or virtual consults. To book an appointment, visit their Student Advisors page.
For more information
- About COVID-19, visit the official government website www.covid19.govt.nz
- External and internal support and services available to students, see our Stay Safe page
What is a Student Visa?
As an international student, you are required by law to hold a valid visa and comply with your visa conditions for the duration of your study at Unitec. It is your primary responsibility to maintain the lawful status to study and live in New Zealand.
To formally be enrolled, all students are required to upload a copy of a valid student visa to study at Unitec, New Zealand. If you do not hold a valid student visa or fail to provide one, your student account may be suspended, your programme of study may be withdrawn and enrolment may be cancelled.
Applying for a Student Visa
You must apply directly to Immigration New Zealand for a Student Visa.
It is important to apply for your student visa as soon as possible, as in some cases the application process may take a minimum of one month.
International Students must have a 100% attendance in all their scheduled classes unless there is a genuine and valid reason otherwise. Please get in touch with our visa administrator if you are unsure on what is deemed a valid reason. Failure to attend without a doctor's certificate or valid reason may result in the termination of the student's enrolment as outlined by Immigration New Zealand.
If you are:
Study Abroad and Exchange
If you are coming to New Zealand as an inbound Study Abroad and Exchange student, you must apply for a student visa prior to your arrival in New Zealand, regardless of any visa waiver requirement between New Zealand and your home country. Only in very special circumstances (as determined by Immigration New Zealand) will a student exchange visa be granted if you are already in New Zealand.
International students who enrol in short courses must ensure you have a valid visa to cover the duration of the study. If you are on a visitor visa, you maybe able to study a short course of 12 weeks or shorter. For more information please visit Can I study in New Zealand? on Immigration website.
Variation of Conditions
You may be able to apply for a variation of conditions if you hold a student visa, a work visa, or a visitor visa. Your application will only be granted if the new conditions would meet the immigration instructions your original visa was issued under.
Student visa holders
You may be able to apply for a variation of conditions to allow you to change the course you are studying and/or the education provider you are studying with, or to allow you to work part-time and/or full-time during your holidays. If you withdraw from your course of study and/or education provider before varying the conditions of your visa, you will be in breach of your visa conditions.
Work and Visitor Visa holders
You may be able to apply for a variation of conditions to allow you to study part-time.
For information on how to apply for Variation of Condition, please click Changing the conditions of your visa.
Post-study work visa (Open)
If you are a student who has completed a qualification or qualifications in New Zealand, but you do not have a job offer, you may be eligible for a Post-study work visa (open) for a maximum of 12 months. If you have any questions or would like more information, you can contact Visa Administrator or visit the Ask Me Desk (Mt Albert campus).
To be eligible for a Post-study work visa (open) you must:
- have successfully completed a qualification in New Zealand that meets the study to work qualification requirements that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category (see SM14) and is either:
- a qualification at level 7 or above on the New Zealand Qualification Framework and you have studied that qualification in New Zealand for at least one academic year; or
- a two year qualification at level 4 to 6 on the New Zealand Qualification Framework and you have studied that qualification in New Zealand for at least two academic years; or
- two qualifications at levels 4 to 6 on the New Zealand Qualification Framework that each required at least one academic year study in New Zealand, provided the second qualification is at a higher level (two years study in New Zealand in total).
- apply no later than three months (six months if you have completed a doctoral qualification) after the end date of the student visa for that qualification
- provide evidence of a minimum of NZ$4,200 available to maintain yourself during your 12-month stay in New Zealand (we will accept traveller's cheques or bank documents in your name).
For more information on this visa, please click Requirements under Study to Work category.
- Planning tool to help you move to and settle in New Zealand, visit NZ Ready
- Help and Advice on visas and immigration, visit the NauMaiNZ website
- Your guide to living and working in New Zealand, New Zealand Now
- Check if you are from a country which does not need to a visa before travelling to New Zealand, Visa-Waiver Countries
- Immigration Q&A, Immigration New Zealand Knowledge Base
- Immigration New Zealand Website, Immigration New Zealand