Frequently asked questions

Student Visa

Can I go from a work visa to a student visa?


Yes, as long as the terms and conditions of a work visa are met.




Can I work more than 20 hrs / week with my student visa?


No, for this it is important to review the terms of the student visa where it mentions the working conditions. Only Diploma students can work full-time on vacation.




What requirements must I have to work while I have a student visa?


You must have your ID number and Bank account in New Zealand to be able to work.




Does every study visa allow me to work?


No, study visas for less than 13 weeks do not have the condition of being able to work 20 hours a week. It is always good to see the terms and conditions of the visa when it is granted since each case may vary.




What happens if I exceed the 20 hours / week of work allowed by Immigration for the student visa?


It can harm you for the renewal of any other type of visa in the country.




What is the nationality mix of the school where I am going to study?


New Zealand is known for being a multicultural country, each year more than 100 different nationalities come to study.




How many students are there per room in the English course?


It depends on the school, but in no case more than 20 students per room.




For graduates, is the diploma recognized in my country?


All the Institutions with which we work are internationally recognized.




How much money do I have to have in order to live a month?


As a student you need to demonstrate 1,250 NZD per month, this figure is enough to cover living and food expenses in the country.




What is the minimum salary?


The minimum wage is NZD 18.90 per hour.




What cities are the most economical and suggested for studying and working?


Christchurch, Tauranga and Wellington are cheaper cities with a good environment for students.




Can I extend my English course again?


Yes, for this it is important to consider a good attendance of the previous course and the progress of the course.




Where can I get more information about the student visa?


We always recommend that you go to the direct source on the immigration website https://www.immigration.govt.nz/ or seek advice from a government licensed immigration adviser




Do I need a study visa to study in New Zealand?


If you take a course over 12 weeks of study you need to apply for a student visa, if the course is less than 12 weeks you can do it as a tourist, but it does not allow you to work.




What study options can you pursue in New Zealand?


You can come from English courses, a professional career, postgraduate courses, Masters, Doctorates, among others.




When do the courses start?


For English courses, most Institutions start every Monday of the year. In the case of Diplomas, it depends on the diploma itself, but generally they are in February and June depending on the Institution.




How long are the English courses?


English courses can last as long as you want, from 2 weeks to 52 weeks or more.




Can I drive while in New Zealand?


If you have your driver's license from your country, you need to have it translated and it is valid for 1 year from when you enter the country.




Once the course ends, can I stay to travel around the country?


In general, New Zealand Immigration gives you a few additional weeks at the end of the course so that you have time to travel around the country if you wish.




Is international student insurance compulsory?


Yes, the institutions in the country require you to carry out some type of study.




What are the advantages of studying in New Zealand compared to other countries?


New Zealand not only offers excellent quality education through world renowned institutions; In addition, the costs are cheaper compared to other countries with similar quality education, such as the United States, Canada and England.




Can I renew my visa from New Zealand?


If possible. To renew your visa you have to present the documents required by immigration and demonstrate that you can stay financially in the country. Our Immigration Advisor can guide you when the time comes.




How far in advance should I plan my trip and book a course?


We advise you to start planning your trip at least 10 weeks in advance.




When is the medical examination necessary?


If your stay is for 6 months or more you must do a Chest X-ray (Immigration NZ form: INZ1096).




Can I change my visa while living in New Zealand?


Yes, the visa can be changed according to the circumstances and intentions. You have to meet all the conditions that apply to the new visa you want to apply for before filing a new application with New Zealand Immigration.




Can I work when I am in New Zealand?


Yes, you can work if your visa allows it. As a visitor you cannot and it is illegal to do so for any company or business that pays you cash in hand, also known as "cash under the table".




Can I travel in and out of New Zealand on a tourist or student visa?


Yes, you can travel to other countries with a visitor or student visa. This depends on the conditions imposed by New Zealand immigration on your temporary visa.





Working Visa

Can I change my visa while living in New Zealand?


Yes, the visa can be changed according to the circumstances and intentions. You have to meet all the conditions that apply to the new visa you want to apply for before filing a new application with New Zealand Immigration.




Can I work when I am in New Zealand?


Yes, you can work if your visa allows it. As a visitor you cannot and it is illegal to do so for any company or business that pays you cash in hand, also known as "cash under the table".




Can I travel in and out of New Zealand on a tourist or student visa?


Yes, you can travel to other countries with a visitor or student visa. This depends on the conditions imposed by New Zealand immigration on your temporary visa.





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