#COVID19: Eligible international students can return to New Zealand

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The border restrictions in response to COVID-19 have turned many people’s lives upside-down.

One of the affected groups have been international students who were in their home countries when the borders closed. Unfortunately, these students have been unable to resume their studies thus far.

Thankfully, INZ has now announced that up to 1,000 priority returning degree and post-graduate international students will be able to return to New Zealand from April 2021.

The requirements of this border exception

  • You must have already completed some of your study in New Zealand.
  • If you enter New Zealand under this exception, you have to apply for and be granted a new study visa in line with immigration requirements. You can include your partner and dependent children, in line with visa requirements.
  • If your application is successful, you’ll have to complete standard managed isolation and quarantine:
    • You must book your space through the allocation system
    • You’re liable for the standard charges of the isolation and quarantine
  • Due to the employment pressures as a result of COVID-19 and increased living costs, you’ll have to be able to prove that you have NZ$20,000 per annum to support yourself for the duration of your visa.

Get expert assistance with your study visa application

Get in touch with our licensed advisor if you’re one of the 1,000 returning students and you’d like assistance with your visa application.

Our licensed advisors can ensure that you still meet the requirements to apply for a study visa. We’ll also guide you through the preparation of your visa application and submit your application too.

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