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If you are granted a visa, there are conditions that you must meet. These visa conditions are described below.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you’ll be given on the way to New Zealand.

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • You don’t meet our character requirements
  • Your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • You refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them
  • You’re unable to provide evidence of any onward travel or funds required by the conditions of your visa.

Travel

If you want to travel in and out of New Zealand, you must have valid multiple entry travel conditions to return to New Zealand. If you’re applying from inside New Zealand, we’ll normally give you multiple entry travel conditions when we grant you this visa. If you don’t have multiple entry travel conditions and you leave New Zealand, your visa will expire. Your travel conditions will be recorded on your visa label or in your visa letter.

Onward travel

During the length of your visa, you must have a travel ticket or funds available to buy a ticket to a country you can enter. The funds can be in the form of any of the following:

  • Sufficient funds held in New Zealand to purchase a travel ticket
  • An acceptable form of financial undertaking by your guarantor
  • Current sponsorship by an acceptable sponsor.

Funds or sponsorship

You must have enough money held in New Zealand to support yourself for the length of your visa.

If you are sponsored, then your sponsor must:

  • Ensure your needs for maintenance are met while you’re in New Zealand
  • Pay any costs if we ask you to leave New Zealand.
  • If you have a guarantor, your guarantor must ensure your need for maintenance is met while you’re in New Zealand.

If your visa label or letter doesn’t say ‘financial evidence not required’ or ‘the holder of this visa is sponsored’, we may ask for evidence of funds when you arrive in New Zealand.

Medical and travel insurance

You must maintain your medical and travel insurance policy while you’re studying in New Zealand, from the time you enroll until your visa expires.

Note**- doctor of philosophy (PHD) students don’t need to have insurance.

Work

You may be allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during all scheduled holidays and/or during the Christmas and new year holiday period.

Work rights for students

Everyone who has a job in New Zealand pays tax on what they earn. You can apply for an ird number online through inland revenue.

Parent or legal guardian

If you required to be accompanied, your parent or legal guardian must live with you while you’re studying and they can’t leave New Zealand without you.

Attendance and progress

You must study full-time and attend your course at the approved education provider noted on your visa, unless you have a reasonable excuse for absences. You must make satisfactory progress on your course.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

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