24 October 2018

Student visa processing update

Immigration New Zealand (INZ) wishes to remind students to lodge their visa applications in good time.

INZ’s Head of Operations in Mumbai, Marcelle Foley said it is typical at this time of year for INZ to receive a high volume of applications, especially offshore. Marcelle says that applications that are submitted online, with all the required documentation will be prioritised.  

“To ensure ample time for processing, students should apply at least eight weeks prior to the date of their intended travel to New Zealand. This allows INZ to appropriately assess the student’s application and to make any necessary verification steps to finalise the visa in time for the date of travel to New Zealand,” says Marcelle.

To enable the smooth processing of their application, students are encouraged to:

  • Apply using the Immigration ONLINE submission platform. This is INZ’s preferred submission channel and the most efficient.
  • Provide all the required documentation when submitting an application. Often, delays in processing occur when Immigration Officers do not have enough information at hand to make a decision on an application.
  • Contact INZ only when required. There is no need to check in with INZ on the processing of an application unless the situation is urgent. As soon as an application is finalised or INZ needs further information, they will make contact with you.

If you have any questions regarding the visa process or wish to apply online please visit www.immigration.govt.nz

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