Future international students looking to study in New Zealand – what you need to know

On Wednesday, 11 May 2022 the New Zealand Government announced that from 11.59pm on 31 July 2022 applications will open for student visas – three months earlier than planned.

This announcement now provides future international students with certainty that you can be on campus for the start of the 2023 academic year.

International students are an incredibly important part of the AUT whānau. We are very excited to welcome you back to our vibrant campuses and to the beautiful city of Auckland.

The Government has announced that the borders will be fully reopened by 1 August 2022.

This means the opening date for student visa categories has been brought forward from October.

The Government will be providing more information about the visa application process soon. Keep your eye on this page for updates.

The Government has already put in place a border class exception for 5,000 international students, with visa processing already underway for this group (Cohort 4).

Cohort 4 members should continue with the process they have begun and email offshore.entry@aut.ac.nz if they have any questions.

Changes have been made to post-study work visa settings, which will apply to any student visa applications received on or after 11 May 2022 not covered by transitional arrangements.

Students will continue to be eligible for post-study work rights if they are studying a bachelor’s degree, bachelor honours degree, postgraduate diploma, master’s or doctoral degree that they have studied full time in New Zealand for a minimum of 30 weeks.

Students graduating with a non-degree qualification at Level 7 and below (including graduate diplomas) will be eligible for post-study work rights only if the qualification is relevant to an occupation on the Green List and they have studied that programme of study full-time in New Zealand for a minimum of 30 weeks. They will need to work in that occupation, and the post-study work visa will have ‘open’ work rights.

Download government information on post-study work rights

The level of funds students are required to have access to has been raised, to better reflect living costs. The changes apply to all student visa applications received on or after 31 July 2022.

Tertiary, English language and other non-compulsory sector student visa applicants will now need to have access to funds of $20,000 per annum for study that is 36 weeks or longer (up from $15,000). This amount will be pro-rated for shorter lengths of study.

Graduates applying for a post-study work visa after 11 May 2022, will need to show funds of $5000 (up from $4200).

Ensure you are vaccinated before you arrive.

Most travellers must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements before travelling to New Zealand by air. You will be required to provide proof of your vaccinations and if you don't  meet the vaccination requirements, you will not be able to enter New Zealand.

Once you have entered New Zealand there is no requirement to quarantine.

Advice for current students

Any student who is already enrolled in (or has an Offer of place for) an eligible programme/qualification under the old settings AND who either holds a student visa for that specific programme or had applied for a student visa for that specific programme on or before 11 May 2022, will be considered under the old post-study settings.

Anyone who is granted a student visa via the recent border exception for 5,000 students for a programme of study/qualification eligible for a post-study work visa under the old settings will be considered under the old post study settings, even if they apply for their visa after 11 May 2022. This is to recognise the effort and commitment by the sector and students under the border exception.

To be considered under old settings a person has until 11 May 2025 to apply for a post-study work visa.

Advice for future international students

Stay up to date with information from AUT

We will communicate the latest information on this webpage and via email so please keep checking in for updates.

Get your application underway

Apply to AUT through your agent, or directly online. Even if you can’t travel before the start of Semester 1, 2023, you can start studying from home. Our world-class education will continue to be delivered online until you can travel to Auckland.

View our online options starting in Semester 2, 2022 (18 July)

Apply for your student visa as soon as possible

Once you have received an offer to study at AUT, start preparing to apply for your student visa application. We recommend you apply as soon as possible after 1 August as visa processing times may vary.

Get excited – but don’t book your flights just yet

We can’t wait to see you, but only book flights once you have accepted your offer, paid your fees and have received a New Zealand student visa.

Find out more

Visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information for international students who want to come to New Zealand to study.

Immigration New Zealand website

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