The New Zealand Government requires all international students to have a valid study visa for the period of enrolment at AUT. This page describes the applying process and the documents you will need to supply with your visa application.
AUT will need to sight your study visa so that we can complete your enrolment.
Your study visa should show the correct programme and institute of study details (for example, Bachelor of Business at AUT). Once you become a student you need to ensure that your visa or permit is valid throughout the duration of your study at AUT. AUT can provide support and advice when you need to renew your visa.
You need to apply for your student visa online through Immigration New Zealand – the process is the same whether you are in New Zealand or overseas.
If you are not eligible to apply online, Immigration NZ will direct you to apply using a paper form.
You need to scan and save the following documents as PDFs, so you can upload them when you complete your application.
All students must upload the following documents with their application. If you are a PhD student, you need to provide some extra documents – these are described in the next sections.
If you are a PhD student you must include some extra documents with your application. You can upload these under the 'Other' section in your application:
When you submit your online application the status will change to “submitted”. You can log in at any time to check the status of your application.
You should regularly check your email inbox as Immigration New Zealand may ask you to provide other documents. You should also check your junk or spam folder in case correspondence from Immigration New Zealand is there.
Immigration New Zealand will issue you with an outcome on your application. If you are issued with an eVisa they will send it to your email. You should print out your eVisa and keep it with your passport at all times. You will not be issued a visa label.
If you already have your updated visa or have had an interim visa sent to you by email, please provide a copy to us as soon as possible. The quickest way to do this is to upload your visa directly to Arion.
You need to log into arion.aut.ac.nz and choose: Academic Details > Student Documents > Add Document > Select Document Type > Valid Visa.
If you do not provide a valid visa you will not have access to education services at AUT and risk being removed from your programme of study.
Visit the Immigration New Zealand website to find out more about student visas.
The conditions of your study visa will show if you're allowed to work while studying. To find out about the types of work you can do and how many hours you can work, read our page about working while you study.