New Zealand Student Visa News

There’s some good news for anyone wanting to study in New Zealand in the future. Earlier this month, Immigration New Zealand altered its Visa requirements for international students. It means you no longer have to supply full medical details in order to complete a successful application. The new rules come into place in July, so it’s great news for anyone who is planning on studying their next year. Tuberculosis screening will still take place.

Immigration New Zealand believe the new rules will reduce the cost and hassle for over 60,000 students who will save a combined total of around NZ$17 million a year in medical fees. The international education market in New Zealand is growing rapidly and is reportedly worth NZ$2.3 billion to the economy a year, and indirectly supports around 32,000 jobs. The Minister of Immigration in New Zealand, Nathan Guy, hopes these changes will “make it easier for low-risk, high-value students to come to New Zealand.”

New Zealand is becoming a favourite destination for many wanting to study abroad who want quality education at an affordable cost. Past students who studied in New Zealand will tell you how most universities there offer students a great experience. It recently announced investments for businesses in Canterbury which has only added to the student interest there. The investments, designed to drive growth amongst the areas worst hit by the earthquakes of 2011, have enticed even more international students to study there.

Before you buy your plane tickets though, be aware that New Zealand also require international students to have health insurance for their visa to be valid, but universities and colleges are already required to ensure they have this.

For more information on Studying in New Zealand and to search for courses you can read our Study in New Zealand directory.

For help and advice on student visas, be sure to read our Study Advice pages.

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