New Zealand Student Visa Process

Step 1: Attend a Counselling Session

Attend a counseling session at your Overseas Partner office to find out your options relating to study destination, courses available and recommended institutions.

Step 2: Register with Overseas Partner

Register with Overseas Partner to start the admission and visa process. We can help you navigate through the various processes and make studying overseas easier. Remember, all our services are free of charge!

Step 3: 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 and in most cases proof of your English language ability. 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.

We also take the hard work out of tracking the applications by keeping in contact with the institution on your behalf.

Step 4: 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:
At the same time you need to arrange for your Police Clearance Certificate.

Step 5: Visa lodgment

To lodge your visa application you will need to provide the documents outlined in the checklist we provided you in step 3.

In relation to your financials, Overseas Partner Consultants strongly recommends that you take advantage of the Funds Transfer Scheme (FTS) offered by the ANZ bank. Benefits of using the FTS include

  • The scheme allows students’ parents to have control over the amount of money that their child has access to in New Zealand;
  • It ensures that the student will have access to sufficient money to meet cost of living in New Zealand
  • The scheme is a lot easier than the current alternatives available ??? where a range of documentation is required and/or a bank loan must be availed; and
  • Applications submitted under this scheme will not be subjected to in-depth fund assessments thereby reducing processing times

Just like your admission application, Overseas Partner Consultants will keep you updated as to the progress of your application and take the hard work out of tracking your application by keeping in contact with the visa office on your behalf.

Step 6: 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. You can choose to pay this fee through either Telegraphic Transfer (TT) or Direct Debit (DD). Our value added services department at Overseas Partner Consultants can help you arrange either of these payment methods.

At this point, those students using the FTS will also need to transfer their living expenses contribution into their ANZ bank account.

Step 7: Visa outcome

We will notify you as soon as we know the outcome of your visa application and you can collect your passport. Now is the time you can start planning your travel and accommodation for New Zealand!

Step 8: Travel Services

At Overseas Partner Consultants we can help you organize 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!