All international students must hold a valid visa to study at the University of Waikato.
If you hold a current student visa, you may be eligible to apply for a new student visa on campus through the Provider Direct scheme.
New students to the University of Waikato should apply for their student visa through Immigration New Zealand directly. More information can be found on our Preparing to come to New Zealand page. If you are a high school student and hold a valid student visa please contact [email protected] as we may be able to assist you with your application.
If you hold a visitor or work visa you will be required to apply for a student visa through Immigration Online.
If your circumstances change and you decide to pursue a programme of study that is different to what is stated on your current student visa you will need to apply for a new student visa.
Who can renew their student visa on campus
The International Student Services Office (ISSO) at the University of Waikato are able to process student visa applications for students who:
- hold a current student visa
- are a full-time student
- are based at the Hamilton campus
We are unable to accept applications on campus for students who:
- do not hold a current student visa
- are studying part-time
- are based at the Tauranga campus
- are a New Zealand Scholarship student
- are studying as part of the Student Exchange Programme
Note, there may be other circumstances where we are unable to process your student visa application on campus. However, make an appointment with a member of the ISSO (Visa Team) and we can guide you through your options.
How to renew your student visa
To use the Provider Direct service on campus you must submit your student visa application at least 7 days before your current student visa expires.
- Download and complete the INZ 1240 Provide Direct Student Visa Application form (a hardcopy of this form is available at the Student Centre)
- Read the information on student visa renewal on campus document
- Ensure you have all the required documents specified in the checklist for renewing your student visa on campus document
- If you are a PhD student you will also be required to complete the INZ 1200 Additional Information form. A copy of your current CV and your thesis abstract are also required
- Book an appointment at the Student Centre to meet with a member of our visa team who can process your student visa application
- Once your student visa application has been accepted, pay the visa application fee of $260 ($135 Immigration fee, $35 International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy and $90 non-refundable University of Waikato service fee)*
- You will receive an email from Immigration New Zealand when a decision has been made about your student visa application
- If your student visa is approved we recommend saving a copy of this visa in a safe place
*The following nationalities are exempt from the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy:
Australia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Palau, Tonga, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, Federated States of Micronesia, Pitcairn Islands, Vanuatu.
Immigration New Zealand reserves the right to reject applications submitted through the University of Waikato and may request that you re-submit your application through Immigration Online.
Police and medical certificates
As part of your student visa application, you may be required to provide a police certificate, a medical certificate or a chest x-ray. Before applying for your student visa on campus we recommend contacting Immigration New Zealand (09 914 4100) to see whether you need to submit new information.
You must submit a national police certificate from your home country every 36 months.
Police certificates must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand within 6 months from the date of issue.
If your national police certificate is not in English you must provide the original certificate and a translated copy. For more information on translating your police certificate, please visit Translating supporting documents into English on the Immigration New Zealand website.
For more information on obtaining a police certificate, please visit How to obtain a Police certificate on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Medical certificates and chest x-rays
Medical certificates and chest x-rays must be submitted every 36 months.
There are some circumstances where Immigration New Zealand will require you to submit a new medical or chest x-ray within this time. Check with Immigration New Zealand before submitting your application on campus.
Medical certificates and chest x-rays must be submitted to Immigration New Zealand within 3 months from the date of issue.
For more information on obtaining a medical certificate or chest x-ray, please visit Getting an x-ray or medical examination on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Receiving your student visa
From November 2018, all student visa applications submitted through the Provider Direct scheme are issued as evisas. We encourage you to regularly check your inbox and your junk or spam folder for the outcome of your application.
Changes to your visa status
If you are granted a resident visa or a permanent resident visa while studying at the University of Waikato, you will need to contact [email protected] or bring your residency certificate to the administration desk on Level 2 of the Student Centre in order to have your status updated.
Your Studentsafe insurance will expire 21 days from the date your resident or permanent resident visa has been issued. As a resident or permanent resident you are eligible for publicly-funded healthcare in New Zealand.
Post-study work visas
Once you have completed your studies you may be eligible for a post-study work visa.
Applications for post-study work visas must be made directly through Immigration New Zealand. More information can be found on the Post-study work visa page on the Immigration New Zealand website.
Student visa services
If you have any questions about renewing your student visa on campus please email [email protected]
Student visa services are located at:
Level 2, Student Centre,
University of Waikato