Amendment Circular 2022-42
Changes to Immigration instructions for Student Visa and Post-Study Work Visa Application
As announced on 11 May 2022, changes have been made to immigration instructions to amend funds requirements for student visa and post-study work visa applicants, including:
• an increase in the living costs required from NZ$15,000 per year for all students to NZ$20,000 per year for tertiary and non-compulsory education, and NZ$17,000 per year for compulsory education (years 1-13 at school) in U3.20 Sufficient funds for maintenance while in New Zealand,
• changes to U3.10 Tuition fees which confirm that applicants must provide evidence of full tuition fee payment and evidence of living costs for either one programme or one year of study, whichever is the shorter (if the student is undertaking a multi-year programme), and
• an amendment to WD2 Lodging an application under Post-Study work visa instructions and WD3.1 Determining and granting a Post-Study work visa increasing the minimum funds required for post-study work visa applications from NZ$4,200 to NZ$5,000.
References to the Education and Training Act 2020 and the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 throughout the Operational Manual have also been updated.
Amended immigration instructions are effective on and after 11:59 pm on 31 July 2022.