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Applying for a visa

If you plan to study at SIT as an international student, you will need to ensure you are on the appropriate visa. If you plan to study for less than 12 weeks, e.g. English language for 10 weeks, you may enter New Zealand on a visitor's visa.  If you plan to study at SIT for longer than 12 weeks, you will need a student visa.

Student visas

A student visa from Immigration New Zealand means you can study with SIT in New Zealand for a set time period as a full-time student. You can find out more about student visas, advice on rights to employment while studying and reporting requirements from Immigration New ZealandThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window.

Application timeframes

It is important to apply for your student visa as soon as possible, as in some cases the application process may take a number of weeks.  You should apply for a visa as soon as you have been accepted for a course of study and given your Offer of Place. 

How to apply

Your responsibilities on a student visa

It is important you meet the conditions of your student visa.  While in New Zealand it is your responsibility to keep this visa valid.  If your visa expires, you could be asked to leave the country.

You must not start a course other than that stated on your visa without the permission of your institution and Immigration NZ.  You must also advise Immigration NZ if you change your address or course of study, or if there is any other change in your circumstances.

Student visa

To apply for a student visa, you will need the following documents: 

  • Immigration NZ Student Visa Application Form
  • Offer of Place
  • Receipt of tuition fees paid
  • A recent New Zealand Bank statement showing balance of approximately $15,000 for a one-year visa or $1,250 per month of study for a shorter course.  Your bank statement must state your name and your current address, show three months of your most recent transactions and be less than three days old.
  • Your passport
  • Medical and X-Ray Certificate (if applicable)
  • Police Report from your home country (if applicable)
  • $277 visa application fee
  • Two passport-sized photos
  • Photocopy of return air ticket or sufficient funds to purchase one. (i.e. $1,000 to $1,500).

Graduate job search visa

If you are an SIT international student and have completed the qualification indicated on your student visa, but do not have a job offer, you can apply for a Graduate Work VisaThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window for a maximum of 12 months, provided the qualification meets the Immigration New Zealand requirements.

To apply for a graduate job search visa, you will need the following documents: 

  • Your passport
  • Completed Graduate Work Visa Application FormThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window
  • A recent New Zealand Bank statement showing a balance of approximately $4,200 for living expenses.  Your bank statement must state your name and show three months of your most recent transactions
  • SIT qualification or course completion letter
  • Medical and X-Ray Certificate (if applicable)
  • Police Report from your home country (if applicable)
  • $270 visa application fee
  • Two recent passport-sized photos.

Getting Here

It may take a few hours to get to New Zealand, but the experience while you’re here more than makes up for it.  Simply fly into Christchurch or Auckland airports and catch a domestic Air New ZealandThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window flight to the SIT campus you will be studying at.

Fly into Auckland

You can catch a number of flights into Auckland AirportThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window.  From there it’s just an hour and a bit to fly to our Christchurch, Queenstown or Invercargill campuses. 

You can fly into Auckland via Air New Zealand, Aviaco, Emirates, Jet Star, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, American Airlines, British Airways, Air China, Virgin Australia, Asiana Airlines, Singapore Airlines, China Southern, Air Canada, China Eastern, Lan Star, Lufthansa, South African Airways, Korean Air, Air Tahiti Nui, KLM, Air Pacific and Aircalin.

Fly into Christchurch

If you’re studying at our Christchurch campus, welcome!  If not, you can easily catch a connecting flight to our Queenstown or Invercargill campuses. 

You can fly into Christchurch AirportThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window via Air New Zealand, Air Pacific, Emirates, Jet Star, Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia. 

Fly into Queenstown

You can reach SIT’s Queenstown campus by flying from another New Zealand airport or from Australia. 

Air New Zealand, Jet Star, Virgin Australia and Qantas fly to Queenstown AirportThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window from Australia. 

Fly into Invercargill

There are a number of daily Air New ZealandThis link is to an external site and opens in a new window flights between Invercargill and New Zealand’s other cities.  Invercargill Airport is just a five minute drive to the centre of the city, so it won’t be long before you are settled into your new accommodation.

Airport pickup

One of the benefits you will enjoy at SIT as an international student is a complimentary airport pick up.  An SIT representative will meet you at the local airport to take you to your accommodation.  Once you have booked your flights, simply let us know when you will be arriving.  Please make sure you give us at least several days advance notice.

Two weeks accommodation and meals

On arrival we will give you two weeks accommodation.  In Invercargill, you will be accommodated at the SIT Apartments or at a Kiwi Homestay.  It’s just another way we make you feel welcome in your new home.

Insurance

Your travel and medical insurance is automatically covered when you enrol in a main stream programme with SIT.  Simply pay your fees, tell us when you will arrive and we will book your insurance for you. If you are studying English language, you can pay a little extra for the same cover. Easy!

When you attend one of our international orientations we will give you information on your insurance policy, including information on coverage, insurance policy number and how to claim. 

Why do I need insurance?

You need insurance in case anything goes wrong while you are travelling to or living in New Zealand.  This may include losing personal effects or requiring medical care. 

The New Zealand Government requires all international students to have comprehensive medical and travel insurance. 

Am I covered if I stay in the country longer?

As long as you hold a current student visa to study at the SIT, you will be automatically covered by our insurance.  If your student visa has finished, you will need to purchase insurance.

What about insurance for my family?

If you are bringing family members with you to New Zealand, you will need to purchase travel and medical insurance coverage for them. 

The team at SIT International can recommend appropriate insurance providers for your family members. 

Get NZ Ready!

Thinking of moving to NZ and studying at SIT? Try the new NZREADY tool from New Zealand Immigration. Answer a few simple questions, and get a list of things to know and a personalised task list to help you make your move to NZ and settle in once you’re here. http://nzready.immigration.govt.nz