Document Checklist for New Zealand

Documentation Checklist for admission & Visa and other important information, New Zealand


Offer letter


  • Academic documents till date
  • IELTS/TOEFL Score (6.0 for the Bachelor & 6.5 for Master)
  • Passport
  • Work Experience (If any)
  • University/College Application form (Offer letter processing time 1 to 2 weeks)


Visa Documentation


1. Passport or travel document:

Passports must be valid for 3 months beyond intended date of departure from New Zealand. Passports should be submitted in original along with the application. In cases where the original passport cannot be submitted, applicants can submit attested copy of the complete passport.


2. Offer letter from the College or University:

3. Financial Documents:

3.1. Financial Undertaking Form/s (If more than one guarantor)
3.2. Affidavit/s of Support from Guarantors
3.3. Authorization letter/s from guarantors authorizing Immigration New Zealand to verify their financial documents on their behalf
3.4.The students should provide evidence of funds upfront for courses that encompass two academic years or less inclusive of living expenses (NZ$ 15,000 per annum). If the duration of course is longer than two academic years, students should provide a plan of payment to show that they have access to funds and have the ability to meet the rest of the course cost and living expenses. They accept the following evidence of funds:

Education loan sanction letter from a nationalised or multinational bank only

Latest bank statements for the past 6 months. It should not be more than 1 week old at the time of lodgement of the application. Please ensure that statements and not balance certificates are provided.

Fixed Deposits. In case of providing fixed deposits as evidence of funds please ensure that a copy/counterfoil of the deposit along with a letter from the bank giving the details of the deposit is provided.

Public Provident Fund Accounts/Employers Provident Fund Accounts.

Post Office Accounts.

National Saving Certificates.

Please note that the telephone numbers along with the STD codes of the place/institution where the funds shown can be verified should be provided with the financial documents.

Applicants are required to provide documentary evidence of income and source of income of their parents, even if the cost of study is being sponsored by another person.


4. Health Requirements:

Applicants, who intend to be in New Zealand for more than 6 months but less than 12 months, must undergo a TB screening X-ray unless:

  • they are pregnant; or
  • they are under 11 years of age

The certificate should be no longer than 3 months old at the date of submission and the applicants must provide the following:

  • a fully completed Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate form, NZIS 1096; and
  • any associated medical reports required for the X-ray.

All applicants who intend to stay in New Zealand for a total of more than 12 months must undergo a full medical and x-ray examination.
The certificate should be no longer than 3 months old at the date of submission and the applicants must provide the following:

  • a fully completed Medical and Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate form NZIS 1007; and
  • any associated medical and laboratory reports

Submission of TB screening and report and/or full medical report (as applicable) is a mandatory lodgement requirement.

Note: Pregnant women and children under the age of 11 are not required to have an X-ray examination.

INZ has appointed Panel Doctors. The medical certificates must be completed by one of the panel doctors and x-ray reports should be completed by a Radiologist referred by a panel doctor. Please visit for the details of the Panel Doctor in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.


5. Police Clearance Certificate:

All applicants who are above the age of 17 years and intend to stay in New Zealand for a total of more than 24 months must provide their Police Clearance Certificate. Certificates must be less than 6 months old at the time it is submission.


6. Student Visa application form and the supplementary information form

Please ensure that ALL questions on the Student Visa Application Form AND the Supplementary Information Form complete with the family details of the applicant are answered fully and in English. Both forms should be signed and dated.


7. Photograph:

Two recent passport sized photograph (must be less than 6 months old) should be affixed to the visa application form.


8. Visa Application Fees

For applicants applying from outside India :

The current student visa fee in US dollars is US$225. The fee must be paid by bank draft in US dollars only drawn on any bank in “USA” and made payable to the “Immigration New Zealand”.

Due to currency fluctuations, fees are subject to change without extensive notice.


9. Covering letter

Please give the background of the student covering the evidence of funds and the student’s English Language ability. In addition please provide a statement of purpose which should contain reasons as to why the student is applying, what he/she wishes to do and how the course would help him/her in the future. This statement of purpose should be hand-written by the student himself/herself.


10. Educational certificates (with translations if required)

All educational certificates and the transcripts should be provided which includes:

  • Class 10 & Class 12
  • Graduation Certificate
  • Post Graduate Certificate
  • Other courses and Diplomas done
  • Please note that if you intend to pursue aviation or marine courses in New Zealand, then evidence of your related qualification and/or work experience should be provided.


11. English language requirement

Evidence of English language ability can be a very good indicator of how the student will manage the requirements of a New Zealand course that is taught in English medium.

New Zealand embassy therefore, regard proficiency in English language as a positive indicator in assessing a student visa application. They strongly recommend that IELTS certificate is provided with the student visa application.

New Zealand Education Providers will have their own English language requirements for an offer of place depending on the course you enroll in.

Notwithstanding this, if an IELTS result is available, it is considered as conclusive evidence of student’s English language ability and considered against the course entry requirement. We have to be satisfied that the student meets the entry requirement for the course they enroll in.

They do not consider TOEFL results in isolation as conclusive evidence of English Language ability, as they are unable to be readily verifiable. They strongly recommend that if a student is to undertake a test they should undertake the IELTS test so that their level of English is clearly measured against the course requirement.


12. Evidence of Employment:

(The company address and phone number must be included on the letter)


13. Application Received in Principle:

Once all the requirements have been met, you will be advised in writing that your application has been approved in principle. You will be given a month to submit the following:

Only fee receipts (normally for 1 year) issued by the New Zealand Education Institute will be accepted. This fee receipt should be e-mailed to

Any other requirement which needs to be fulfilled at that stage for the visa to be issued.

New Zealand embassy will require 5 working days after the receipt of all final documents to issue your visa. The visa would not be issued any earlier than 3 weeks prior to course commencement.

Note: All passports are returned by registered mail or courier, unless other arrangements are made by the applicant.


14. Validity of the Student Visa:

Please note that if the course duration in New Zealand is more than 1 year, the student visas will only be issued for 1st year of study. You will have to apply for and meet the requirements for a further student visa in New Zealand. However, if the course duration is less than 1 year or 1 year, then the student visas will be issued for the duration of the course.


15. Bona fides:

As well as meeting all mandatory requirements for lodging your application for a temporary entry visa, you will need to demonstrate that you are ‘bona fide’ and that you intend a genuine temporary stay in New Zealand for a lawful purpose.
Evidence you may submit to show your genuine intent and lawful purpose may include but is not limited to the following:

any information or submissions showing that you have legitimate need to spend time in New Zealand for a specific period; and

any documents or submissions showing that you meet the requirements of the immigration instructions relevant to the type of temporary entry class visa or entry permission applied for.

When assessing your application, the immigration officer will determine whether you have met all requirements as set out in the relevant immigration instructions. This includes whether or not you are bona fide.

In determining whether you are a bona fide applicant, the information that the immigration officer will consider is included but not limited to:

  • any evidence of genuine intent and lawful purpose submitted by you; and
  • your ability to leave or be deported from New Zealand to your country of citizenship; and
  • any relevant information held about previous applications, including but not limited to:
  • whether you have previously overstayed;
  • whether you have previously breached visa conditions;
  • whether you have dependants who are unlawfully in New Zealand; and
  • your personal circumstances, including but not limited to:
  • the strength of any family ties in your home country and New Zealand;
  • the nature of any personal, financial, employment or other commitments in your home country and New Zealand;
  • Any circumstances that may discourage you from returning to your home country when any visa expires.




1. Processing timeframe:

All student visa applications are currently being processed at INZ Mumbai and being allocated to an Immigration officer for assessment within one week of being received by INZ. Total processing time should be 8-10 weeks depending on the level of investigation and verification required.

If the application does not include the required documents that are given in this check-list, it is likely that the application will be processed under the “Other student visa applications” category.


2. Positive Profile students:

“Positive Profile” criteria have been revised and clarified following changes to Immigration Instructions announced in June 2011. To meet positive profile applications must demonstrate that they meet the following combination of factors listed below:

Good academic record – over 60% aggregate in year 10 and 12 and over 50% aggregate in subsequent tertiary qualification; not failed in any examinations;

IELTS score of at least 6.0, or evidence of having met English language entry requirements for the course of study in NZ, whichever is higher;

Student’s immediate family’s verifiable evidence of funds to meet the educational and living expenses in NZ – including paper trail to explain any recent high value deposits in accounts; or

Evidence to demonstrate that they are opting for the Funds Transfer Scheme

No more than two immediate family members as financial guarantors;

Verifiable Evidence of regular source of sufficient income of financial guarantors;

Intended course of study relevant to qualifications and/or work experience and shows education progression;

Meet health & character requirements.

If an application does not meet the above mentioned criteria, it does not mean that the application will not be approved. It simply means that the application will take longer to finalise.

All positive profile applications should be submitted with original passport/travel document.


3. Interviews and/or further information

Please note that you may be required to attend telephonic interview, an interview at their Office or to provide further information to enable them to make a decision. You will be informed of this when the application is allocated to an immigration officer. An immigration officer may contact you for an interview.


Panel Doctors In Nepal for the medical

  • Country: Nepal
  • City or County: Kathmandu
  • Doctor/Clinic: Drs Sachey Kumar Pahari, Bharat Rawat
  • Address: Norvic International Hospital PO Box 14126 Thapathali Kathmandu
  • Phone: 977-1-425 8554 Fax: 977-1-421 9686
  • Type: Doctor
  • Country: Nepal
  • City or County: Kathmandu
  • Doctor/Clinic: Dr Meena Rani Shrivastava
  • Address: Nepal International Clinic (NIC) Lal Darbar Marg 47 Kathmandu
  • Phone: 977 1 443 4642, 443 5357 Fax: 977 1 443 4713
  • Type: Doctor
  • Country: Nepal
  • City or County: Kathmandu
  • Doctor/Clinic: Dr Sitaram Choudhari
  • Address: International Medical Centre Bhatta Plaza Narayangopal Chowk Maharajgunj ? Kathmandu
  • Type: Doctor




Can apply as visitor visa if course is Post Graduate level


Visa Type


Student Visa


Method of teaching




20 hrs per week during study and full time during vacation



Student need to give interview sometimes and it can be given from Nepal so no need to go India



Feb and July each year (Other intakes also available depending in the college or University)




  • Tuition Fee payable for 1year (NZ$ 16000 To NZ$24000 depending in the College or University)
  • Traveling cost (TC)- Student can take up to $2000
  • Air Ticket (Approx. 50000 NRS)
  • Total approximate expenses: 15 to 18 lakhs


Key Facts


  • Capital: Wellington
  • Largest City: Auckland
  • Official Language: English (95.9%), (4.2%), NZ Sign Language (0.6%)
  • Ethnic Groups: 78% European, 14.6% , 9.2% Asian, 6.9% Pacific People
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
  • Area: 268,021 km2 ,
  • Population: 4,445,436 (Nov, 2012 estimate)
  • Per capita income: $27668
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
  • Calling code: +64
  • Temperature: New Zealand has a mild and temperate meritime climate with mean annual temperatures ranging from 10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north.


General Information


  • New Zealand is a beautiful country, known for its clean green image and stunning natural scenery.
  • New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
  • New Zealand is situated some 1,500 km (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 km (600 mi) south of the Pacific Island Nations of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.
  • Primary and secondary schooling is compulsory for children aged 6 to 16, with the majority attending from the age of 5.
  • New Zealand has an adult literacy rate of 99 percent, and over half of the population aged 15 to 29 hold a tertiary qualification.
  • There are five types of government-owned tertiary institutions: universities, colleges, Polytechnics, specialist colleges, and Wananga.
  • The number of Universities approx. 8, Polytechnics approx.15 & Private Education provider approx. 150
  • New Zealand is one of the world’s beautiful countries. Choosing of New Zealand for education would be a great decision because it’s a place of world class citizens. Voted amongst one of the most developed and safest environments in the world, New Zealand has emerged as a hot destination for students from all across the globe.
  • New Zealand is clean, green, secure and friendly. It is very cosmopolitan, has a stable democratic government and after 9/11 is considered one of the safest developed nations to be in. Although limited in population, it has unparalleled infrastructure, opportunities and great natural beauty.
  • Every year students from all over the world make New Zealand – their host country. The magnificence of beauty and serenity of the locale is the perfect panacea to the pressurized existence that most students undergo on a daily basis!
  • The New Zealand approach to education fosters self-reliance, inquisition and fresh thinking. You will find a holistic approach to education at New Zealand. This is born of the unique magic called New Zealand.
  • You can have a Study abroad experience that goes deeper than New Zealand’s stunning beauty – an exciting dynamic place that brings together a unique set of conditions perfect for personal growth and learning. From world class educators to a recreational paradise, a New Zealand education is your place to grow.


Why Study in New Zealand?


If you’re wondering whether New Zealand is the right place to study for you, we outline some of the main reasons why the international student population in New Zealand has grown rapidly in recent years.


Broad range of study and research opportunities

The eight institutions that make up the New Zealand university system are located in cities across the country’s two main islands, the North and the South.

This distribution gives students the chance to pursue a wide range of opportunities in study, work, recreation and culture. The proximity of all eight universities to New Zealand’s diverse natural environment offers students the chance to research anything from endangered marine mammals to earthquake engineering.

Although all the universities offer core degrees in the arts, business and science, each also has its own distinctive profile. For example, Auckland and Otago have the country’s two medical schools, featuring hospital-based learning, whereas Canterbury and Auckland have an international profile for their engineering courses.


A high quality learning experience

The New Zealand university system is research-based, as it is historically based on the British higher education model. This means there are a number of similarities between the 2 systems, such as the names of qualifications, teaching methods, and the look and feel of the university campuses.

All academic staff are expected to be active researchers as well as teachers. This insistence on research-informed teaching ensures a high quality learning experience.

The universities’ representative body, the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee, has legal responsibility for university course approval and moderation procedures.

The New Zealand Universities Academic Audit Unit supports this quality assurance method. These systems certify that university education in New Zealand is of a consistently excellent standard.


A degree is recognized and value all around the world
Moderate entry requirements

Unlike the situation in the UK and many other countries, New Zealand does not have massive competition to enter the first year of a university degree. This is because the New Zealand government has invested heavily in university education over the years. As a result New Zealand has more capacity than it has students. Good students with moderate grades can gain entry to most Bachelor degree programmes without any problems. Therefore, entry requirements are moderate compared with most of the top universities in the UK.


A welcoming destination

International students are welcomed by New Zealand society, both for the cultural diversity they bring and their contribution to the economy.

They are gladly received into New Zealand homes and student social networks. New Zealanders are well travelled, with a great interest in people from other cultures, so visitors and international students soon feel more than welcome.

Campuses are highly international, with students from all corners of the globe studying and socialising together. Students come from Europe, South East Asia, the UK, North Asia, Japan, South America, India, and Australia, amongst many others.

New Zealand also has a well-developed system of pastoral care for international students, backed by a government-monitored Code of Practice. This means you will be well looked after during your time studying there.



The country has a comparatively low cost of living, abundant fresh food at reasonable prices and a wide variety of student accommodation options.

Transport is also moderately priced, affording easy access to rivers, mountains, lakes, forests and beaches and the recreational opportunities they provide.


Beautiful location

New Zealand is renowned for its natural beauty and its adventure activities, and all this is readily accessible from all eight universities in the country.


Cities in New Zealand:


Rank City name Region Population
1 Auckland Auckland region 1,377,200
2 Wellington Wellington region 393,400
3 Christchurch Christchurch region 380,900
4 Hamilton Waikato Region 206,400
5 Napier-Hastings Hawke’s Bay Region 124,800
6 Tauranga Pay of Plenty Region 121,500
7 Dunedin Otago Region 117,700
8 Palmerston North Manawatu-Wanganui Region 82,400
9 Nelson Nelson Region 60,800
10 Rotorua Bay of Plenty Region 56,200
11 New Plymouth Taranaki Region 52,500
12 Whangarei Northland Region 52,200

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