19 July 2023 at 10:00 am

July update from Immigration New Zealand

The latest information on student visa processing and when to apply are the topics covered in this month’s update from Immigration New Zealand.

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Visa processing update (to 11 July 2023) 

Since New Zealand’s international borders reopened in August 2022, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has received 43,541 student visa applications from international students outside of New Zealand. We have completed 37,916 of these applications with 32,457 approved. 

Our recent processing times for international student visa applications are published on our website. These are updated by month: Visa processing times for international students 

Apply early 

Unfortunately we have received many applications submitted only a few weeks before the student intends to commence study in New Zealand.  

Students should apply for their visas around four months ahead of intended travel, and at least two months ahead of intended travel. We cannot prioritise late applications ahead of students who have applied in good time. Unfortunately, some students who apply late may miss their start date. 

Please remember that students should not confirm travel bookings until the visa is granted. 

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