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All adult migrants wishing to study full-time for longer than three months will need an international student visa. Deciding on the best course for your career progression can be daunting, but with the right advice, you will be in a better position to decide which course best suits your needs.

With recent changes to immigration policy, including stricter eligibility criteria for residence, it's important to consider the job opportunities and residence pathways (if any) your chosen course will provide. You will want to know if you'll be eligible for a post-study work visa after completing your studies, and whether or not your qualification will get you into jobs that provide a pathway to residence. For most people, trying to understand all of this will be very confusing, since the rules and criteria are complicated, so it is best to speak to an immigration professional before deciding which course to study.

Once you've acquired a student visa, it is also extremely important to adhere to the visa conditions. A breach of visa conditions can have serious implications for future visa applications. If you have breached your visa conditions, we can help you to choose a different course and/or explain your circumstances to Immigration New Zealand.

Looking for a student visa for your child?

For dependent child visas, please see here: Dependent Children

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Need guidance? Professional Immigration Services offers obligation-free initial assessments to help clients better understand their situation and prospects. Whether you've received a concern letter from Immigration New Zealand or just need help planning your future, we will facilitate your needs and help get you to where you need to be.


Based in Christchurch city, Professional Immigration Services provides high quality, reliable advice in relation to New Zealand visa applications and other immigration-related matters. Equipped with in-depth industry knowledge and experience, Evelyn Dyer is a Licensed Immigration Adviser who has special expertise in a range of complex immigration issues. She is renowned for her caring attitude towards clients, fast response times and high level of personalised service. If you're looking for an immigration adviser who takes the time to listen to you and understand your whole situation, Evelyn is the adviser for you.


Unlike other areas of law, the immigration industry in New Zealand is fast-moving and dynamic. Sometimes, policy changes are introduced quite literally overnight, so we are constantly updating our knowledge and clarifying grey areas with Immigration New Zealand's management team. If you're interested in keeping up to date with New Zealand immigration law and policy changes, keep an eye on our Blog page for the latest in immigration news, tips and articles.

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