Renewing your visa

You need to make sure that your visa is valid for the whole time you’re studying in New Zealand. Find out how to renew your student visa.

This information applies to students who are already in New Zealand with a valid student visa. If you currently have a visitor visa or work visa, you will need to apply for a student visa through Immigration New Zealand directly.

New international students to Victoria who do not already hold a current student visa should refer our information about applying for a student visa.

How to renew your student visa

To renew your student visa, you’ll need to reapply for a new, updated visa. You need to have a valid student visa the whole time that you’re studying in New Zealand.

If you wish to change your programme of study to one that is not stated on your current visa, you must first apply for a new student visa.

Step 1—Find out the best way to reapply

There are two different ways that you can reapply for your student visa—through Victoria International, or through Immigration New Zealand.

You’re eligible to reapply for your visa through Victoria International if you meet all of the following criteria.

  • You are already in Wellington at the time of application.
  • You currently have a valid student visa from a high school or Victoria University of Wellington.
  • You are or will be a full-time student (unless you’re in your final trimester of study).
  • You have reapplied to study at Victoria and have received your Offer of Place or Confirmation of Study.
  • You are not currently under the Victoria International Academic Progress Policy.

If you don’t meet all of these conditions, you need to apply for your student visa directly with Immigration New Zealand.

You must submit your complete student visa application to Victoria International at least 7 days before your current visa expires. Students with incomplete applications may be directed to apply through Immigration New Zealand if correct documents are not submitted before the 7-day deadline.

Step 2—Reapply for your student visa

Reapply for your visa with Victoria International

To reapply for your student visa through Victoria International, you’ll need to:

You cannot leave New Zealand while your visa application is being processed.

Immigration New Zealand reserves the right to refuse applications submitted at Victoria International and may request that you resubmit your application directly to Immigration New Zealand.

Reapply for your visa with Immigration New Zealand

To apply through Immigration New Zealand, you’ll need to:

Police and medical certificates

As part of your visa application, you may need to provide a police certificate, medical certificate, or chest x-ray certificate. Read the information on the Student visa application form to confirm if you do—if you’re still not sure, please contact Immigration New Zealand on 0508 558 855 or +64 4 910 9915.

It is your responsibility to contact Immigration New Zealand regarding the validity of your medical, chest x-ray, and police certificates, and find out whether you need to submit new certificates.

  • Medical and chest x-ray certificates must be submitted every 36 months or when requested by Immigration New Zealand.
  • Medical and chest x-ray certificates must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand within 3 months from date of issue.

For information on medical and chest x-ray certificates, visit Immigration New Zealand.

  • Police certificates must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand within 6 months of the date of issue.
  • A national police certificate from your home country must be submitted every 36 months. If your national police certificate is not in English, you must translate the certificate and submit both:
    • The original police certificate.
    • The original translation of the police certificate.

For information on police certificates, visit Immigration New Zealand.

Changing your visa status

If you are granted a Resident Visa or Permanent Resident Visa during your studies, it is your responsibility to let Victoria International know immediately about this.

Changing to a resident class visa has implications for your status as an international student and may affect your eligibility for insurance.

If you are insured with Studentsafe Inbound University insurance through Victoria, your cover for medical claims within New Zealand will automatically expire 21 days after your Resident or Permanent Resident visa has been issued. This is because as a Resident or Permanent Resident you are eligible for publicly funded healthcare in New Zealand.

Your cover for all non-medical claims remains until your current policy period expires, but you will no longer be able to renew this insurance.

To find out more

If you have questions about renewing your visa or would like more information, email vi-studentvisa@vuw.ac.nz.