World Study in New Zealand

step by step latest helping guide for Pakistani students to study in New Zealand

The search of a felicitous study abroad destination can be challenging when there are plenty of options and each of the option excels from the other. You will not regret selecting New Zealand as your study abroad destination, if getting top level education in affordable fee is your major concern. The degrees attained from New Zealand hold worldwide acclamation and are highly reputed. Based on British education system, the universities in New Zealand focus on nourishing individual skills by providing abundant research and innovation opportunities. By adopting advanced and contemporary methods of teaching the goal of education in New Zealand is to train students to learn mastery required in their respective fields. The country has strikingly beautiful landscape, economic stability, high standards of living, post graduation working opportunities and peaceful environment. Combining these factors together, New Zealand is competent study abroad destination among English speaking countries. We have shed a light at the general requirements of study abroad in New Zealand in the guide below:


Admission Requirements in New Zealand for Pakistani Students 2020

For admissions in universities of New Zealand the applicant must have at least passed his previous degrees in overall 75% grades. The applicant can apply for admission directly at university’s official website. The entry requirements include, English proficiency test certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge), SAT test (if required), transcripts of academic records, certificates, recommendation letters, letter of intent, bank statement, work or research experience (for post graduate courses if applicable) and a valid passport. The selections for admission in universities of New Zealand are decided on the foundation of merit and academic excellence. Thousands of international students apply for admissions in universities of New Zealand therefore the process of selection are competitive. The study program you choose must be approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) otherwise you will not be granted student visa for New Zealand.


Student Visa of New Zealand for Pakistani Students 2020 Guideline

The nationals and resident permit holders of Australia do not require student visa for study abroad in New Zealand. All other nationalities require a student visa to study in New Zealand’s universities. You will get an acceptance letter and asked to pay the tuition and registration fee at once your admission application has been approved by one of the New Zealand’s universities. You will visit New Zealand’s Embassy or Consulate near your area after completing the formalities of admissions. The Embassy will guide you step to step procedure. The process of student visa usually takes 4 to 6 weeks.  Depending on your nationality the requirements for submitting student visa application will be different. Generally, the Embassy will ask the student to submit the following documents:

  • Clearance letter from police (prove of good character stating the applicant is not involved in any criminal offence)

  • Bank statement (proving the applicant can bear his living and study expenses)

  • English proficiency test certificate

  • Proof of an arranged inward travel (paid travel ticket for your return back to your country after completing your studies in New Zealand proving your motive of travelling to New Zealand is solely education)

  • Prove of paid tuition fee

(The procedure of attaining student visa for New Zealand is explained here)


Permanent Residency of New Zealand for PAkistani Students 2020

New Zealand is offering an easy post graduation visa procedure to international which leads to permanent residency. The post graduation visa is offered to all international students regardless of their study program type in New Zealand. The duration of post graduation visa however depends on the study program you have completed in New Zealand. The post graduate diploma or degree holders can have post graduate visa of 2 to 4 years duration. The international students who have done other courses, degrees or diplomas that are not equivalent to post graduate level can have almost 12 months post graduation visa duration. In the duration of post graduation visa, the students can work in any firm or company and anywhere in New Zealand. The procedure of attaining permanent residency is based on points system. The points system is an eligibility criterion which ascertains which permanent residency category applies to the candidate. If you fulfill the eligibility criteria of any permanent residency category by achieving required points you will be invited to place formal immigration request and vice versa. (The complete process of permanent residency visa of New Zealand is explained in the article here).


Estimated Study and Living Expenses in New Zealand for Pakistani Students 


Study Cost

The study cost in New Zealand is not expensive in fact it is relatively lower than other English speaking countries. The tuition fee for medicine and veterinary subjects is higher than other subjects.

  • For studying an under graduate course in a university of New Zealand, the cost you can expect to pay ranges from $22,000 ($11,000 per year) to $32,000 ($16,000 per year)

  • For a two year diploma course you will have to pay $9,250 per year,

  • For study a post graduate program in New Zealand, you can expect to pay $26,000 ($13,000 per year) to $37,000 ($18,500 per year).

  •  The international students taking admission in a PhD degree program will have to pay same amount as the natives of New Zealand which ranges around $6,500 ($3,250 per year) to $9,000(4,500 per year).


Living Cost

The cost of accommodation in New Zealand is quite expensive and higher than Australia. International students will face challenge in managing accommodation expenses per month. Other living expenses such as food, transport and entertainment are reasonably priced. The difficulty to manage monthly budget can be handled because of having permission to work in New Zealand part time under student visa. By working 20 hours a week a student can earn around $1400 and even higher if he/she has any specific professional skills. The prices of day to day useable commodities and transportation and accommodation rents are estimated as follows:


  • Accommodation

On Campus: $180 to $200 per week

A single room in shared flat: $120 per week

Private Renting Apartment with One room: $200 to $350 per week

Hostel: around $140 to $250 per week


  • Transportation

The public transportation system in New Zealand consists of metro trains, buses and ferries. The taxis are expensive mean of travelling in New Zealand. A monthly pass for public transport will cost you around NZ$120 and NZ$250 depending on the distance you will cover to reach your work place, university and home on daily basis.


  • Food

A basic menu meal in lunch or dinner time for one person in a restaurant will be around NZ$18. A dozen eggs are worth NZ$7, 1 kilogram potatoes are worth NZ$3.45, 1 kilogram tomatoes are worth NZ$6, Loaf of bread for two people one day usage is worth NZ$2.06.


  • Other Necessary Expenditures

Movie Ticket (Student’s Price) is worth $11-$14 and Textbooks (per year) expenditure is worth $500- $1000.


Part Time Jobs in New Zealand for International Students

All international students above 18 years of age are allowed to work 20 hours a week in New Zealand and the students enrolled in a post graduate Masters or PhD program can work according to their capacity (no restriction of hours). Part time jobs options in New Zealand are ample. You can do internships or traineeships to get professional experience or do other jobs after attending your classes. The minimum wage per hour in New Zealand is $16. No matter what work you do you will be at least paid this amount or more depending on your job type, skills and experience. There is no requirement of separate work permit; your student visa for New Zealand will serve as a work permit. You can do job of a cashier, waiter, tutor, sales consultant, data entry expert, translator, ware house worker, call center representative or do free lancing jobs.


Types of Student’s Accommodation

New Zealand has been ranked as the 7th best study abroad destination among English speaking countries for international students by OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment in 2017. There are all types of student accommodation available in New Zealand that a student can choose according to his budget and comfort. There are on campus residency, halls of residence, dormitories, hostels, private flats, studio apartments, shared housing and home stays. Each comes with its own facilities and benefits. The monthly rents may vary according to the offered facilities and also on the location. The accommodations in urban cities are expensive whereas in the country side areas the rents will be remarkably lesser than cities.


New Zealand has 8 universities, round about 25 other institutes and 440 schools of secondary level. New Zealand has a special English Language course which consists of communicative skill-based approach. This is much more helpful for the students to interact with other students of different nations in a standard way.

Education system is New Zealand is well developed and civilized in terms of modernity.  It education system is divided into following categories:

Secondary Education: It is for the students from age 9–13 till age of 13–18. After completing the secondary education student is awarded by a National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Tertiary Education: It is further divided into following categories:

  • Vocational Study: It is offered at polytechnics and some training institutes.
  •  Bachelor’s Degree: It is basically of three years and student get admission for this after the evaluation on the basis of NCEA marks.

Graduate Education: It is of two years education which is typically offered at university in more specified manner of your chosen subjects.

A number of opportunities are available for international students at each educational level.

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step by step latest and updated guide for Pakistani students for the student visa of New zealand

The OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment has ranked the education system of New Zealand at 7th position in terms of excellence of performance and satisfactory academic environment. New Zealand is popular study abroad destination especially for tertiary education courses and post graduate courses. New Zealand is typically known as a country which is located far away from the rest of the world where in fact it is a popular study abroad destination coming next to Australia. The student visa process of New Zealand is simple and easy. Though small in area but with charming landscape and clean environment, New Zealand hosts more than 50,000 international students each year and the ratio is rising each year. It is imperative to understand the student visa process of New Zealand before making a final decision of studying abroad there. The following guide is dedicated to give you an overview of student visa process of New Zealand.


Do I as a Pakistani Student Need a Student Visa for Study in New Zealand?

The nationals and valid resident permit holders of Australia do not need a student visa for study in New Zealand. Nationals of other countries besides Australian citizens and valid resident permit holders are required to attain a student visa of New Zealand for studies purpose.

The students who are enrolled in a study programme which ends in three months duration do not need a student visa, they will required to have a temporary visit visa. The students enrolled in a study programme which ends in more than 3 months duration need to attain a student visa of New Zealand.

Types of Student Visas for New Zealand 

New Zealand has designed 5 types of student visas depending on the duration of study program and course type for international students. The student visa types applicable to you are explained below:

  1. Fee-paying student visa: The students who are enrolled in a full time study program at an institute which is accredited by New Zealand are applicable for this type of student visa. The visa has validity of four years depending on your course duration and the holder of this type of visa can work 20 hours a week during semester time and full time during winter or summer holidays and semester breaks.

  2. Exchange Student Visa: The students enrolled in an accredited institute of New Zealand as an exchange student are required to apply for this type of visa. It has validity of 4 years depending on your course duration and you are allowed to work 20 hours a week during semester time and full time during holidays and semester breaks.

  3. Pathway Student Visa: The students who want to study three separate courses in New Zealand in a row can apply for this type of visa. It has validity of 5 years depending on the duration of your courses. You can study three different courses in New Zealand in one student visa. The holder of this type of visa can work up to 20 hours per week in semester time and during holidays and semester breaks work for full time.

  4. Foreign Government Supported Student Visa: This type of visa is applicable to those students who have availed a foreign government funded scholarship or loan. They will need to provide a documented proof of foreign government funded scholarship and financial aid which will grant them their study and living expenses. The visa has validity till duration of your study course in New Zealand which can last from three months to 4 years. The students will also be allowed to work 20 hours a week during semester time and full time during semester breaks.

  5.  New Zealand Aid Student Visa: The students whose study expenses will be afforded by funding and scholarship programs of New Zealand’s Government are eligible to apply for this type of visa. The visa validity remains intact till you study program ends in New Zealand which can be maximum of four years program.


How to Apply

  • Receiving acceptance letter from New Zealand University

  • Paying Tuition Fee

  • Visiting New Zealand Consulate or Embassy Nearest to Your Location or Applying Through New Zealand’s Official Immigration Website

  • Arranging Required Documents

  • Submitting Visa Application At Least 6 to 8 Weeks Before Your Study Program Starts in New Zealand


Receiving Acceptance Letter

You will wait for an acceptance letter from university of New Zealand after completing admission process. The university will email you a formal letter of acceptance issued on your name stating you have been enrolled in a study program you had applied for.


Paying Tuition Fee

After receiving an acceptance letter from university you will be asked to pay the tuition fee of the university for first year of your program. The receipt of paid fee you will receive from university will be required in student visa documents.


Visiting New Zealand Consulate or Embassy Nearest to Your Location or Applying through New Zealand’s Official Immigration Website

You can visit New Zealand’s Consulate or Embassy nearest to your location to submit an application of student visa after completing the admission process and fee submission. Another way is to apply online through official immigration website of New Zealand by making an account there and submitting the required documents and visa fee. The more preferable option is to visit the Embassy of New Zealand nearest to your locality and attaining all the required information in person directly. We recommend you to bring an extra visa application form from Embassy to avoid making another visit because usually students make mistakes while filling the application form. The requirement in visa application might differ based on your nationality.


Arranging Required Documents

The documents required to be submitted along with visa application form will be notified to you in form of list by the Embassy. The list of documents generally required for New Zealand student visa are enlisted as below:

  • Acceptance letter from an accredited institute of New Zealand

  • You must be enrolled in a course which is approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

  • Evidence of paid tuition fee in form of receipt (if your study expenses are afforded by foreign government or  New Zealand government’s scholarship or financial aid program then the documented evidence of your acceptance for scholarship from authorities)

  • Bank Statement (If the source of your tuition fee and living expenses are not coming from financial aid and scholarship program then you must show you have enough financial resources of at least NZD$15,000 (~US$10,870) for each year of your study program in New Zealand).

  • Proof of Arranged Onward Travel (An evidence of already paid ticket for the return back to your country after completing your study program in New Zealand. This is also needed as an evidence of your intent to return back to your country after completing your study program)

  • Medical Certificate (proving the applicant is not suffering from any diseases that can be a threat to general public of New Zealand)

  • Clearance letter from police station (an evidence of good character of the applicant. The letter would state that the applicant has not been registered in any criminal case against him in local police station)

  • Proof of arranged accommodation for your stay in New Zealand

  • A Valid National Passport (must be valid till your entire duration of study program or at least a year)

  • English Proficiency Test Certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, CAE or CPA, PTE, MELAB) (Visit Test Section To Know Upcoming IELTS and TOEFL Test Dates)

  • Two recently taken passport size photographs

  • Proof of paid visa application fee

  • Filled and Signed Visa Application Form


Duration of Visa Processing for Pakistani Students for New Zealand

After submitting your visa application at the Embassy or online website of New Zealand, you can expect 20 to 25 days for visa processing. The visa approval of application submitted through online website will take 20 days and visa approval of application submitted through paper will take 25 days.


Part Time Working Permission

International students are allowed to work at least 20 hours a week regardless of whichever student visa type they have attained. The students who are enrolled in Masters by Research Program or PhD Program are exempted from 20 hour work limit meaning they can work as many hours as they wish.


Taking Guidance from Study Abroad Consultants

Taking guidance from study abroad consultants can take the burden off your shoulders whether you are arranging the documents for submitting your visa application or need visa requirements details. Since the study abroad consultants deal with study abroad aspirants on daily basis they are well known to perquisites and challenges faced in visa process. To save the time and avoid making mistakes that can lead to visa rejection consult these study abroad experts to get timely help. As a student this whole process of visa and admissions is certainly confusing and frustrating as it takes detailing which often consumes plenty of time.


cost of study in New zealand universities for Pakistani students

The chief perquisite of student visa requirements of any country is giving an evidence of enough financial resources to support your living and study cost for the duration of your study programme. For the students currently in process of planning to study abroad in New Zealand, estimation of cost of study and living is vitally important. The cost of living and study in New Zealand is comparatively less than Australia which you might not be expecting. By making a proper budget and by avoid spending money on extravagant activities; you can spend a well worriless time in New Zealand with needing to loan money to pay rents and bills. Earning extra money for recreational activities, travelling and supporting your expenses has been made easy with permission to work part time 20 hours a week part time in New Zealand on student visa. Nevertheless, while strategizing your study abroad plan to New Zealand it is better to estimate the average living and study cost for your duration of stay.


Cost of Study in New Zealand Universities for Pakistani Students 2020


Tuition fees of State Schools of New Zealand:

The per annum fee in state funded schools of New Zealand for primary classes can be around $11,000. Whereas, the per annum fee for secondary classes in state funded schools of New Zealand can be around $13,000. Studying in private schools is evidently an expensive option anywhere in the world and same is the case in New Zealand. The private school tuition for primary or secondary classes starts from $25,000 per year and can be higher than that.


Tuition Fee for Diplomas and Certificates:

The two year course leading for Diploma or Certificate will cost you around $18,500 ($9,250 per year) in New Zealand’s Universities. Whereas a one term computing certificate will cost you around $12,425 (cost for entire course).


Tuition Fee for Bachelor’s Degree:

There are eight universities in New Zealand and each has its own tuition fee package. The variation of tuition fee is also dependent on the courses. The medical, veterinary science and engineering courses are expensive with higher per annum fees. You can expect the Bachelor’s Degree Tuition Fee to range from $22,000 ($11,000 per year) to $32,000 ($16,000 per year).


Tuition Fee for Post Graduate Degree:

Similarly, the tuition fee may be different according to the subject you have chosen. The medicine, veterinary sciences and engineering courses are expensive. The student can expect tuition fee for a post graduate degree to be around $26,000 ($13,000) to $37,000 ($18,500 per year).


Tuition Fee for PhD Degree:

The tuition fee of PhD Degree for international student is same as New Zealand’s native student. It may range between $6,500 ($3,250 per year) to $9,000(4,500 per year) or higher for some subjects.


Tuition Fee for English Language Courses:

The tuition fee for studying an English Language Course (general) will cost you around $300 per week whereas the cost of Cambridge English exam course might range between $5,100 for 12 weeks or higher.


Cost of Living in New Zealand

The cost of living is very much dependent on a person’s lifestyle and spending habits. Those who manage to adjust their expenses according to their monthly earnings certainly never go out of budget. By balancing and managing your expenses well you might even do some savings from your part time work earnings in New Zealand. As compared to Australia the accommodation rent per month in New Zealand is expensive whereas expenditure on other day to day needs can be managed. The estimated cost of living in New Zealand is explained below:



The universities in New Zealand offer on campus housing which is a cheapest and most facilitated accommodation option for an international student. The universities send accommodation renting details to international student through email as soon as they get acceptance letter so that they can fulfill student visa requirements of New Zealand. Private rental apartments also must be arranged as soon as you get acceptance letter because you will need to give evidence of accommodation to New Zealand’s Embassy for student visa.

  • On Campus Residence Halls: You can expect on campus rent to be around $180 to $200 per week in New Zealand.

  • Shared flat: You can expect to pay rent of shared flat around $120/£63 per week including bills.

  • A Private Flat for One Person: You can expect rent of private flat for one person to be around $180 per week.

  • Renting a Room in Apartment for Three People: It will cost around $200 per week.


Average Accommodation Rent of One Room in Different Cities of New Zealand

  • Auckland: $127 per week

  • Hamilton: $170 per week

  • Wellington: $132 per week

  • Christchurch: $147 per week


Health Insurance Coverage

It is mandatory for international students to purchase adequate health insurance coverage for their duration of stay in New Zealand. On average the health insurance coverage will range from NZ$ 200 – NZ$700 per annum.


Transportation Expenses

Public transportation is available in all cities of New Zealand. International students mostly use public transports such as buses and regional trains, ferries and water taxies for their day to day travel. The monthly transport expense for one person may range between NZ$120 and NZ$250 based on the distance they cover in daily routine. Students can avail discount by attaining student’s pass. It is recommended to find a part time job near your residence in New Zealand to save extra travelling expenditure.



  • Basic lunch time meal for one person including a drink in urban city of New Zealand: NZ$18

  • One time meal for one person in a fast food restaurant such as Mc Donald’s and Big Mac Meal : NZ$12

  • 500 gram of boneless chicken breast piece: NZ$8

  • 1 liter bottle of milk: NZ$2.14

  • Dozen eggs: NZ$7

  • 1 kilogram of tomatoes: NZ$6

  • 500 gram of cheese (local): NZ$7

  • 1 kilogram of apples: NZ$3.77

  • 1 kilogram of potatoes: NZ$3.45

  • 2 liter coca-cola bottle: NZ$2.06

  • Loaf of Bread : NZ$2.06



Movie Ticket (Student Price): $11-$14

Textbooks (per year): $500- $1000

Phone Credit: $20 per month

Internet: Included in accommodation rent


Important New Zealand Student Visa Interview Questions:

WHY New Zealand?

  • Why do you wish to study in the New Zealand and not in Pakistan?
  • What if you get a Australia degree here, would you like to go to New Zealand again for higher Studies?
  • Why did you select New Zealand for higher studies? Isn't this course offered by any university or college in Pakistan?
  • What is the purpose of your trip?
  • Have you ever been to New Zealand?


  • What course are you going for?
  • Why did you select this course? Is it relevant to your previous studies?
  • Why are you taking this course?
  • What is the course structure & contents?
  • Why don't you do this course in your country?
  • How long will your studies last?
  • What is the scope of your course?
  • What do you plan to study at the university?
  • What benefit will bring this course to you?
  • What is the course commencement date?
  • What will be the total cost of per year?
  • Where will you stay in New Zealand?


  • Where did you do your last course of study?
  • What is your specialization?
  • What is your High School, Degree or Master's percentage or grade?
  • What are your subjects in last course of study (High School, Degree or Master's)?


  • Which university are you planning to go to?
  • Can you tell me some details about your university?
  • Why have you chosen this specific university?
  • Can you tell me the location of the university/college?
  • Why did you choose this institute and how did you find about it?
  • How many universities did you apply for? (Both admits and rejects)
  • Can you mention the names of some professors?
  • Did you receive any scholarships?


  • Show your Experience Certificate. (if applicable)
  • (If you are currently working) Why are you leaving your current job?


  • Could you please show me your TOEFL/IELTS scorecard?
  • Why are your TOEFL/IELTS score low?

new zealand stuy oppertunities for Pakistani students

New Zealand is predominantly known for its scenic landscape, rugby and peaceful and serene atmosphere. But at the same time, New Zealand is understated and little known for its exceptional characteristics which are greatly enticing to make students consider studying abroad in New Zealand. The small country of New Zealand is neighbor of popular study abroad destination Australia. In terms of high quality of education and living standards New Zealand is not any lesser than Australia. This English speaking peaceful country has so much to offer including internationally acclaimed education system, hospitality, adventure, charming and breathtaking sites, mild weather, low cost tuition fee and part time working opportunities while you are completing your degree. Here is a review why you must consider studying abroad in New Zealand:


Top-Notch Education System in New Zealand for International Students

The courses and programmes offered by Universities of New Zealand have been designed on the basis of world’s best and internationally accredited education system I-e the British education system. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is responsible for quality assurance and cross checking of Kiwi Universities. The acknowledgement and acceptance of degrees attained from Kiwi Universities around the globe is because of this stern and meticulous system of education. As a matter of the fact, any international student applying for studying abroad in New Zealand can get students if the course he/she is enrolling in is not approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).


QS World Rankings of Kiwi Universities for International Students

  1. University of Auckland (85th )

  2. University of Otago (175th )

  3. Victoria University of Wellington (221st )

  4. University of Canterbury (231st )

  5. University of Waikato (274th )

  6. Lincoln University (317th )

  7. Massey University (332nd)

  8. Auckland University of Technology (AUT) (464th )


Innovative Mode of Teaching

Since the education system of New Zealand is inspired by the British education system, the courses and programmes offered by Kiwi universities are focused on research, innovation, training and critical learning in an organized manner. The students are nourished and polished academically enhancing their ability to undertake challenges in future. Student- teacher interaction, problem solving, critical analysis and questioning about aspects of lecture is a way of teaching adopted by Kiwi universities.


High Standards of Living in New Zealand 

A distinctive aura of New Zealand makes it unique, charming and attractive. New Zealand is indeed a well developed country which has high standards of living and safe ambience for international students. The Kiwis are exceptionally caring and friendly people who follow the philosophy of live and let live. Those who want to get top-level education as well as want to enjoy laid back and relaxed life style then New Zealand is the best choice for you.


Adding Appeal to Your CV

In recent years, New Zealand has become quite popular for international students. The main attractive characteristic of studying in New Zealand is its high quality of education which has high esteem among employers and recruiters. Having a degree from a Kiwi University increases your possibility to attain a top level job from almost immediately because of the skills and training instilled in you by New Zealand’s education system.


Permission to Work Part Time in New Zealand for Pakistani Students 

The international student can do a part time job after their classes for 30 hours a week. The minimum wage per hour in New Zealand is $17.70 which is higher than many European countries. There are all kinds of part time jobs available at New Zealand while you are studying in New Zealand.


There are two intakes for New Zealand normally Intakes in February and July

Application deadline for July intake is Apr/May - earlier for more competitive courses

list of top universities that offer admission to Pakistani students every year in new zealand

New Zealand is an appealing study abroad destination owing to the fact that it has high quality of life, organized and par excellence education system, superlative health care facilities, economic stability and career opportunities. All 8 of New Zealand’s universities hold a top spot in QS Rankings because innovative and research based learning. The universities focus in developing individual skills of students and enhancing their problem solving ability evidently making New Zealand a favored study abroad choice. The admission requirements in universities of New Zealand depend on the course you have selected to pursue and from university to university. The entry requirements for international students coincided with visa requirements and bank statement. The general requirements for admission in universities of New Zealand elaborated below:


How Pakistani Students can Apply in New Zealand Universities 2020

The method of application for admissions in New Zealand’s Universities is directly through online websites for international students.

  • Select an institution

  • Select a Programme

  • Check entry requirements

  • Collect required documents

  • Check tuition fee

  • Check admission deadline of university


Selecting an Institution

The first step of applying for admission is selecting an apt and suitable institution for pursuing your higher education degree. There are 8 state universities in New Zealand and each of it has excelling performance and worldwide degree acclamation. We recommend students to search about performances of universities based on international student assessment surveys which will make it quiet easy for you to short list a number of options. Compare tuition fee and other additional expenses of these short listed university options. Apply for admission after doing all the comparison and assessing the most affordable, facilitating and best education provider. The international students must contemplate on following factors during selection process of university to get enroll in:

  • The position of university in world rankings

  • Entry requirements and merit requirements

  • Availability of Scholarship and financial aiding programme

  • If the university is located in the city of your choice in New Zealand

  • On Campus accommodation availability

  • Affordability of tuition fee

  • If the university offers study program or course of your interest


Selecting a Programme

Above all choose a study program in New Zealand’s Universities if it is approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) because only then you will be granted visa. Selecting a study programme is pathway to your professional career. Each subject has vast arrays of courses and study programmes. Choosing the subject majors of your interest will keep you focused and passionate about your education. Consequently, you must consider on choosing the subject combination in a study programme which interests you, you have expertise and ability to study the chosen subject with dedication and the study programme has career scope after completing your degree. Take guidance from an expert career advisor who can suggest you which course can benefit you the most in future and suits your academic ability based on your previous subject wise grades. It is best to choose five course and then research about it before making final selection. Before making final selection consider the negatives and positives attached to course, overall expenses of the course, research the combination of subjects to be studied in all terms of study program and check if you meet the admission eligibility of the programme.


Entry Requirements in New Zealand for Pakistani students


English Language Proficiency Certificate

New Zealand is an English speaking country. The under graduate and post graduate study programme applicants both need to provide English language proficiency test certificate for admissions. English proficiency test certificate is required by those international students who belong to the countries where English is not native language. ( Visit Test Section for Upcoming IELTS and TOEFL Test Dates)


For Admissions in Under Graduate Program the Minimum English Language Proficiency Test Scores Required Are:

  • IELTS (6.0)

  • TOEFL iBT (80)

  • TOEFL Paper Based Test (550)

  • CAE or CPA (169 overall and no band should be less than 162 points)

  • PTE Academic (50)

  • MELAB (80)


For Admissions in Post Graduate Program the Minimum English Language Proficiency Test Scores Required Are:

  • IELTS (6.0)

  • TOEFL iBT (90)

  • TOEFL Paper Based Test (575)

  • CAE or CPA (176)

  • PTE Academic (58)

  • MELAB (85)


Qualification Requirements fir Pakistani Students to Get Admission in New Zealand Universities:

For Admissions in Under Graduate Program: Higher Secondary School Diploma from a Recognized Institute. (for admissions in B.A Course the higher secondary school diploma must be passed with 75% overall grades and for B.A Hons Course the higher school diploma must be passed with 82% overall grades and also the passing average of Physics and Mathematics must be 85%.

For Admissions in Post Graduate Program (Masters): The holder of Bachelors (Hons) degree or a Post Graduate Diploma from a recognized university of your country is eligible to apply for Master’s degree by thesis only. The holder of Bachelors degree is eligible to apply for a Master’s degree for course work and in some cases also for thesis.

For Admissions in Post Graduate Program (PhD): The applicant must have attained a Master’s degree with good grades (1st Division or B+ or above grades) from a renowned university. A work experience in the related of education of applicant can be asked and research experience at post graduate level can be asked as well.


Collect Required Documents

The international students applying for admissions in universities of New Zealand need to provide following list of documents and a completely filled application form and submit it online at the university’s official website after meeting entry requirements. The lists of documents are coincided with visa requirements such as passport, bank statement and character assurance of applicant. The general documents required for admissions in universities of New Zealand are listed below:

  • Application form (all section must be filled completely)

  • Transcripts of academic records, certificates, diplomas i-e Higher Secondary School Diploma (For Under Graduate Admission), Bachelors Degree (For Post Graduate Masters Admissions) and Masters Degree (For Post Graduate PhD Admissions).

  • Recommendation Letters (Written by your professors stating you are eligible to undertake the study course you had applied for enrollment)

  • ACT or SAT Test Scores (if applicable)

  • Bank Statement (proving your eligibility to afford living and tuition fee expenses per year basis)

  • University application fee receipt (it may vary between NZ$25 to NZ$50 depending your chosen institution and study course)

  • Financial Aid Application (That depends on the country from which you belong. New Zealand has collaborative relations with many educational institutes for scholarships and financial aiding so the applicant can specify that if he/she is eligible for any financial aiding program and then send application for funding and fee waiver)

  • A Valid Passport

  • The applicant that are transferring their credit hours from partner university of New Zealand’s university then he does not need any transcript of academic record. The admission process is different from then which they can know from the chosen university of New Zealand.

  • All the documents must be translated in English

  • All the documents must be certified

  • A letter of research experience or work experience (for Post Graduate Programs if applicable)

  • Institution might ask you to attend a Skype interview as part of entry requirements and the candidates had to pass the test.

  • Letter of intent (a letter written by applicant and signed by him/her. The letter will state that why the applicant chosen has certain study program for admission and describe his professional or career goals and why he/she has chosen to study in New Zealand instead of their own country and also give an explanation what the candidate plan to do after completing their degree from New Zealand.)


Check Tuition Fee New Zealand Universities for International Students

After submitting admission application the candidate will receive a letter of acceptance from their New Zealand University if all goes well and he meets entry requirements. Post receiving letter the candidate would be required to pay tuition fee before applying for student visa of New Zealand. The approximate tuition fee for an under graduate or post graduate programme is stated below but the students need to reconfirm the tuition fee and registration fee before selecting the university.

The approximate fee for an under graduate study program may vary between: NZD $24,300 to NZD $41,000 per year.

The approximate fee for post graduate (Masters) study program may vary between: NZD$ 54,400 to NZD$ 57,200 per year.


Check Admission deadline of the University of NEw Zealand 2020

There are 8 universities in New Zealand. The admission deadline dates of each of university of New Zealand are stated below but the students must reconfirm it from the official websites of universities once again.

  1. University of Auckland: Admission applications are accepted till 8th of December

  2. University of Otago: Admission applications are accepted till 31st October

  3. University of Canterbury: Admission applications are accepted till November 1st.

  4. Massey University: Admission applications are accepted till 31st October

  5. University if Waikato: Admission applications are accepted till December 1st

  6. Lincoln University: Admission applications are accepted till December 1st

  7. Auckland University if Technology: Admissions are accepted till December 9th

  8. Victoria University of Wellington: Admissions are accepted till December 1st


estimated study cost in New zealand for Pakistani students

New Zealand is an attractive country with clean atmosphere and water, charming scenery and numerous historical and adventurous spots to be explored. Whether you prefer to live in an urban city or country side area, the transport system of New Zealand is well spread for your travel. Being an international student living in a comfortable apartment is equally important as managing your budget. The accommodation you select for duration of your stay in New Zealand will become your home abroad and while you study an appropriate residence is an essential need. Assuredly, after long day of studying and working part time all you need is a pleasant place and environment to return back home to. (Get Estimate living and study expenses of New Zealand from This Article)


Cost of Accommodation in New Zealand for Pakistani Students

New Zealand is one of those English speaking country which is considered as a very accommodating country for international students. May it be high standards of education or quality of living or post graduation working permission, New Zealand offers it all. But, the only challenge one might face in New Zealand is affordability of accommodation. The accommodation rent in New Zealand is quite higher than neighbor Australia or other study abroad destinations. The rent of a one room apartment per week will cost you around $250 per week. The bills will be included in the rent and in some accommodation options meals can be added in the rent as well.


How to Select an Accommodation in New Zealand

For student visa of New Zealand, arrangement of accommodation prior to your arrival in New Zealand is compulsory. We suggest that students firstly rent a short term accommodation and as they settle and get comfortable in the environment they can explore other accommodation options and choose the one that suits them the most. Local real estate agencies and university’s accommodation department assist students in finding an apt place to live. The students are also allowed to rent a private apartment if they are above 18 years of age. The students under 18 years of age can only rent home stay accommodation option. Consider following factors while choosing an accommodation in New Zealand:

  • Ascertain your residence is near to your university/institute

  • It is near to public transport

  • There are no hidden charges apart from monthly or weekly rent

  • Do comparison of accommodation options and choose after thorough consideration

  • Read the rental contract carefully

  • Ascertain the area where the residence is located is safe

  • Visit the residence before signing the rental contract and assure that it has all the facilities mentioned to you

  • If possible request to meet your room mate first ( if you are choosing a shared residence)

  • Keep the receipts of monthly rent for the record

  • Book an accommodation from an authorized source of the university rather than random agencies until you are sure about their authenticity


Types of Accommodation in New Zealand for International Students


Short Term Accommodation

In New Zealand, the rents are mostly taken in weekly basis but you can fix the contract on monthly basis payment system as well. Short term residence options are for those who are unsure about the area and local resident options in New Zealand. They can rent a short term accommodation for a month or two and then find permanent residence according to their choice and commit to it for long term stay. You can book a short term accommodation at:

  • Rent a room in private dormitory

  • Budget hotel

  • Hostel

  • Rent a studio apartment

  • Backpackers inns

You can expect the cost of living in a short term residence to be around $30/night to $140/night according to provided facilities and location of the residence.


Long Term Stay Accommodation Options


  • Residence Halls and Dormitories (On Campus Residency)

Halls of Residence and Dormitories are located just a few miles away from the universities and institutes in New Zealand. The students can rent a room with shared facility or private facility. The private dormitories and halls of residence are usually affiliated with universities.



 They contain facilities of free internet, common swimming pool, dinning lounge, sitting area, study room, bicycle parking, laundry rooms and kitchenette which is usually equipped with fridge, micro wave and stove. The halls of residence and dormitories are designed according to the needs of students and contain all the facilities that a student needs for comfortable living. Sometimes the meals are included in the rent.



 A room in dormitory or hall of residence can be rented in around $250 to $390 per week. If you study in the institute to which the dormitory is affiliated, in that case the rent can be negotiated.



A huge benefit of residing in an on campus residency is easy accessibility to information regarding social events happening at universities and sharing notes with classmates.


  • Hostels

Hostels are mostly located near to the universities and educational institutes. Similar is the case in New Zealand, you can find hostels located near to universities. Hostels are shared by group of students and it is certainly easy to adjust in the environment where the people around share same living standards and situation.



 Considering the needs of international students, the hostels are designed accordingly. The hostels have shared rooms, private rooms, common kitchen for each floor, private bathrooms with attached with each room, laundry room for common use, bicycle parking area, free internet facility and furnished rooms.



For a single room the rent will be around $140 to $250 per week and the shared room will be rented in half of this amount.



They are near to universities and academic institutes which will save from spending money on travelling. The tenants of hostels are mostly students which will make your social surrounding compatible. There are similar rules for everyone, so there will not be any brawl over trivial matters.


  • Private Renting Accommodation

Based on your budget, you can rent one bedroom apartment, two bed rooms, studio apartment or three bedroom private apartments in the location of your choice. You can rent private accommodation through real estate agents or contacting the owners directly through online websites.



The private renting apartments are fully furnished, have attached bathroom with each room, a kitchen, a laundry room and a sitting lounge. The meals will obviously be cooked by you and that cost is also not included in rent. It is preferable option for whoever can afford it and the benefit is privacy and no restriction of time.



Since, it is private renting accommodation option and the most luxurious one which makes it expensive as well. Students usually rent a private apartment and share the bills and rent with roommates. Owing to that fact, if you rent a room in a private apartment with your roommates and share the bills, it will cost $200 to $350 per week rent to one person for one room excluding bills of gas and power



The first benefit is having privacy and no restriction on inviting friends over or coming back on certain timings. You can cook meals according to your taste unlike on campus residency where the menu is set by the administration. You can divide your home chores with your roommates and have things sorted.


  • Home Stay

Home Stay is an accommodation option where a student can live with the host family by renting a single room at their house.



 But it is not private and you might have to adjust with the rules and regulations set by the family that may include coming home under specific timing, permission to invite friends over, if the family has kids your study could be disturbed.



 Most of the host families offer a one time or two time meal to students in the rents. You will be asked to pay a certain proportion of electricity bill. The rent per week for a home stay accommodation can be around $240 to $350.



It is economically cheap option and a great way to know local culture and enhance your English language skills. You can to gel in with host family and make friends with them in the country which was previously unknown to you. After completing your study you can take suggestions from your host family regarding settling in New Zealand and they could be the one to give a most appropriate advice.


Note: The rents of different types of accommodation option informed in our website are estimation; the actual rents can be approximately similar to the rents written at our website.


latest jobs oppertunities in New Zealand for Pakistani students

Working part time during studies is a hard work but it develops management skills and working agility in students. By doing part time jobs students understand the demands of job markets and gain experience to tackle future challenges besides earning some extra money to support their living expenses while studying in abroad. In New Zealand, students over 18 years of age are allowed to work 20 hours a week, whereas the students doing post graduate programmers in New Zealand can work as many hours as they can. Doing part time job is sort of training and learning experience that practically readies a student to take up challenges and handle stress with expertise. New Zealand is one of the most facilitating countries for international students. The international students working part time or full time have access to employment rights in New Zealand and there are all kinds of jobs available according to your skills and expertise. The minimum wage is set by Government itself which ascertains that no one is paid unjustly. The kinds of part time jobs available in New Zealand for international students are enlisted below:


Data Entry Work

Data Entry Work is top pick for international students because of simplest work and flexibility of timings. The salary is $22.54 per hour. You can work from your residence or work in the office if the office timings suit your university’s schedule. Those who are unaware about data entry work can learn this easy skill before travelling to New Zealand. The vacancies for data entry work in New Zealand can be found on online job portals.


Translator’s Job

The qualification required for a translator’s job is Bachelors Degree and fluency of two languages (English and one other). The salary of a translator in New Zealand is NZ$20.00 per hour. The candidate will be required to translate an English assignment into another language (That could be Chinese, Urdu, German, French etc). The work should be grammatically correct and perfectly translated without errors. The vacancies for translation jobs can be accessed through posting your CV’s on related firms and companies or online job portals.


Waiter and Waitresses

Another top pick for international students is waiter/waitresses job in local restaurants and hotels. The salary of a waiter in New Zealand is NZ$16.08 per hour. Doing job of a waiter is great way to know local culture and enhancement of English language speaking ability. The workings hours are flexible and especially in semester breaks and holidays the students can work full time and earn more.


Sales Consultant

The students enrolled in a business management post graduate program can work as a sales consultant and earn per salary of $600 - $1,500 a week. The job involves promoting the sales and purchase of company’s products and increasing customer base. The candidate would be required to visit various locations inside and outside city to sell products and do marketing. The travelling expenses and accommodation expenses for outside of the city trips will be paid by company itself. It is part time 20 hours a week work and 40 hours a week for those who are allowed.



Tutoring schools in New Zealand hire highly qualified and exceptional international students for per hour tutoring English and Math class. The international student can work after 4 pm for one or two hours per class and get paid $40 to $60 per hour. The classes to be taught would be primary, middle, secondary or graduate levels. The applicant should be at least Bachelors degree holder and if he/she has diploma in teaching and learning then it is a plus. Besides working with tutoring school, the international students can find private tutoring jobs and paid accordingly by the parents.


Warehouse Worker

Supply chains and companies offer delivering, pick packing, lifting and laboring jobs to international students. The salary of a warehouse worker is NZ$17.43 per hour. The job demands candidate to be physically active and efficient in learning skills. It is an entry level job and training for different types of warehouse work would be provided to candidate after being selected.


Super Market Attendant

Super market attendants can earn NZ$ 16.68 per hour. The job involves dealing with customers and keeping records of sales and purchase. The working hours are suitable for international students; they can work part time or full and during weekends according to their classes.


Kitchen Hand

The international students can work as a kitchen hand worker and earn NZ$16.25 per hour. The job involves, washing dishes, helping with cutting vegetables, food preparation and mixing ingredients.


Call Center Representative

The job of call center representative is attending inbound and outbound calls, dealing with customers, and providing them information, assisting them in installation or repairing of software or doing telemarketing for companies. The salary of a call center representative is NZ$18.92 per hour.



An international student can earn NZ$15.46 per hour by doing job of a cashier in local cafes, restaurants, super markets and hotels. The job involves keeping balance and dealing with cash on daily basis.


Free Lancing

Having a skill is always an additional factor that can take you places. Free lancing jobs are the newest found source of income for job seekers. Online job portals have made it easy for employers and free lancers to approach each other. The students having skills of any kind whether it is photography, graphic designing, and web developing, web designing or content writing can work sitting at their home and earn per project. The amount per project is decided between employers and employees and it is justly set according to project and work required.


Uber Driving

To be an Uber Driver in New Zealand, a driving license from New Zealand is required. You can earn up to $1500 per week. Uber drivers charge $30 / hour from travelers. It is an extremely suitable working option for international students as they can work in evening’s timings or after their university’s classes. It is a reputable occupation and above all it is not difficult or physically consuming work or no CV is required apart from a student visa or valid driving license. Navigation system has made knowing addresses and reaching places incredibly simple which makes it easy for “Out of Towner’s” to do driving jobs.



If you get to avail an internship position in one of multinational firms based in New Zealand according to your field of education, then it favors your professional career in great extent. You will get working experience before even you graduate, lean the required skills demanded by the industry, and understand the working requisites of your occupation and most importantly a certificate earned at the end of internship program adds a huge value to your CV. Most of the companies offer paid internships to international and native students and the internship program involves completion of projects and training sessions.

Note: By doing part time work 20 hours a week and earning NZ$16.78 per hour (minimum per wage in New Zealand), an international student can earn around NZ$1300 a month which is enough amount in New Zealand for your day to day expenditures. (You can get estimate of living and study expenses from this article)


Types of Job in New Zealand after Completing Study


Post Graduation Work Visa

Similar to Australia, New Zealand has made finding employment in New Zealand after completing your education from there very easy. You can avail post graduate open visa of New Zealand after completing your education from there. The duration of stay granted under this post graduate visa is based on the qualification you have attained there. The visa is not restricted on the basis of your present employment contract. The students are free to work anywhere unless and until they earn enough income to bear their living expenses while the duration of their stay in New Zealand under post graduate visa. They can get experience regarding their field of work and attain proper employment contract until the post graduate visa expires. (Get Details about Post Graduate Visa and Pathway to Attain Permanent Residency from Here).


The Jobs which are high in demand in New Zealand

The jobs that come under long-term shortage jobs category are high in demand and highly paid in New Zealand. You can get an employment contract From New Zealand quite easily if you adopt one of the following occupations:

  • Medical radiation therapist

  • Medical laboratory scientist I-e cytotechnologist or cytoscientist)

  • Obstetrician or gynecologist

  • Physicist

  • Physiotherapist

  • Psychiatrist

  • Sonographer

  • Specialist physician in Palliative medicine

  • Surgeon

  • Veterinarian

  • Multimedia specialist or film animator

  • ICT project manager (organization and methods analyst)

  • ICT business analyst

  • Systems analyst

  • Web developer

  • Analyst programmer

  • Developer programmer

  • Software engineer

  • Software tester

  • Software and applications programmer

  • Database administrator

  • ICT security specialist

  • Systems administrator

  • Computer network and systems engineer

  • Network administrator

  • ICT quality assurance engineer

  • ICT support engineer

  • ICT systems test engineer

  • Telecommunications engineer

  • Telecommunications network engineer

  • ICT customer support officer

  • Chef (chef de partie or higher)

  • Spatial scientist

  • Environmental research scientist


How pakistani students can apply for the citizenship of New Zealand

It is natural for international students to consider settling down in New Zealand after completing their degree from there for obvious reason. Certainly, New Zealand is a beautiful country that has numerous opportunities with high quality of life, remarkable health care facilities and exceptional education system. New Zealand has been immensely generous and accommodating towards offering post study work opportunities to international students who have studied there and wish to work afterwards. As of new changes introduced in post study work visa by New Zealand’s Government in November 2018 last year, an international student can have his post study work visa for up to 3 years to find an appropriate and suited employment to his qualification. (You Can Get Details about Admission Requirements of Universities of New Zealand Here)


The Changes in Post Study Work Visa

Previously, after graduating the students had to compromise on any kind of job because of employer’s sponsorship and restriction despite getting high level qualification just for the sake of settling in New Zealand. This exploitation of graduates by employers has been overviewed by Government and some positive changes have been made to give required freedom to international students in finding an apt employment for them.  These positive changes in post study open work visa of New Zealand according to qualification levels are stated below:

  • The employer assisted post study work visa has been removed at all qualification levels

  • Level 7 qualifications (Bachelors degree holders from New Zealand) or above can have post study work visa of 3 years duration. The post study work visa is automatically provided by the Government of New Zealand to Level 7 or above qualification students as the enroll in the university. They know they have opportunity to live in New Zealand for 3 more after completing their degree to find the job of their choice.

  • The qualification level from 4 to 6 including Level 7 qualified but without degrees (graduate diploma holders or graduate diploma holders in teaching students) can have one year post study work visa.

  •  The international students enrolled in Level 8 qualification (Post graduate certificate or diploma) must be related to Long Term Skills Shortage list area can have post study work visa of 12 months duration.


Post Study Work Visa (Open) Duration Allowed According to Qualification

The duration allowed in a post study work visa (open) is totally dependent on your qualification level which is:


Level 7 Qualification or Higher:

If you have studied at least 30 weeks of this qualification in New Zealand then you can have three years post study work visa (open).


Level 7 Graduate Diploma:

If you have studied at least 30 weeks of this qualification in New Zealand then you can have one year post study work visa (open). An additional one year extension in the visa will be granted in case you are currently working and are in process of getting registered with a professional or trading firm. II- You can have two years post study work visa (open), if you have studied outside Auckland.


Non Degree Level 7 Qualification:

if you have studied at least 30 week of this qualification in New Zealand then you can have post study work visa (open) of one year duration if you have studied in Auckland and two year duration post study work visa (open) if you have studied outside Auckland.


One Qualification at 4 to 6 Levels (2 years duration program):

If you have studied 60 weeks of this qualification in New Zealand then you can have one year post study work visa if you have studied in Auckland and two years duration post study work visa if you have studied outside Auckland.


Two Qualifications at 4 to 6 Levels:

If you have studied at least 30 weeks of each qualification in New Zealand (combining both qualifications duration must be 60 weeks and the second qualification must be at higher level than the first) then you can have one year duration post study work visa (open) if you have studied in Auckland and two years duration post study work visa (open) if you have studied outside Auckland.


Post Study Work Visa (open) Processing Time for Pakistani Students

Ideally, the processing duration of post study work visa takes 16 days but in some cases it might take around 64 days but more than that.


Post Study Work Visa (Open) Cost

The cost is NZ $ 298.


Rights of Post Study Work Visa (Open) Holders

They can do any sort of job without restriction until the duration of their work visa expires and they can live anywhere in New Zealand.


Post Study Work Visa Requirements

  • You meet character requirements (you have not been involved in any sort of criminal and unlawful activity during your studies duration)

  • You meet health requirements ( you are not suffering from any disease that can be considered as threat for general public’s health)

  • You meet qualification requirement as mentioned above

  • You have financial support evidence of NZ$4,200 for your duration of stay in New Zealand

  • If you are applying for post study work visa (employer assisted) then you are required to have an employment contract from New Zealand based employer, company or firm.


Points Assessment System of New Zealand’s Immigration for Pakistani students 2020


















Currently Working Under an Employment Contract or Have an Employment Offer


If you have an employment offer from New Zealand


If you are currently working under an employment contract on a skilled job in New Zealand for duration less than a year


If you are currently working under an employment contract on a skilled job in New Zealand for duration more than a year


If you are working in a field that has potential of growth in future


If you are working in a field which comes in absolute skilled shortage category


If you are currently in a region that comes outside Auckland


If your partner or spouse has an employment contract under which he/she is doing skilled job or has skilled job offer



Work Experience in Skilled Employment outside New Zealand



Working for 2 last two years


Working for last 4 years


Working for last 6 years


Working for last 8 years


Working for last 10 years



Work Experience in New Zealand




1 year working experience


2 years working experience


3 or more working experience




Level of Qualification


Level 4 to 6 (diploma or trade qualification)


Level 7 to 8 (Bachelor’s degree)


Level 9 to 10 (Masters Degree or PhD)


Qualification Attained in New Zealand Bonus Points



2 years duration full time studies done in New Zealand for Bachelors Degree


1 year duration full time studies done in New Zealand for Post Graduate Degree


2 years duration full time studies done in New Zealand for Post Graduate Degree


Qualification attained in a field which has potential of growth in future


Qualification attained in a field which comes in a absolute skills shortage category


If the partner or spouse of the applicant has qualification levels of 4 to 6


If the partner or spouse of the applicant has qualification level of 7 or higher



How to Get Permanent Residency of New Zealand

After having been lived in New Zealand for job hunt or for gaining skill related to your field you can apply for permanent residency based on point’s assessment system of immigration. You can choose either one of the following permanent residency categories based on points and skills. The Government of New Zealand has simplified process of attaining permanent residency by introducing various categories of PR visas.  The Skilled Migrant Visa is the most commonly availed PR visa type by most of the immigration aspirants who wish to settle down in New Zealand. The point assessment system includes, qualification, age, work experience and employment contract. Each PR Visa category’s eligibility is met by achieving points based on these factors. One must choose wisely which visa category suits the best to his/her profile and apply for it likewise.  The Permanent residency Visa Categories are:

  • Skilled Migrant Visa

  • Work to Residence

  • Residence from Work

  • Business Visa

  • Family Category Visa

  • Dependent Child Visa


Skilled Migrant Visa

The Skilled Migrant Visa allows the holder to live in New Zealand for indefinite period of time. The eligibility of this type of visa is based on points assessment mentioned above.  After meeting points assessment eligibility the candidate would be asked to fulfill following requirements:

  • Prove English Language Proficiency by appearing at IELTS, PTE or CAE test and passing it with good grades. (Know Upcoming IELTS, TOEFL Test Dates)

  • Meeting character and health requirements of New Zealand

  • You can assure that you will abide laws of New Zealand

  • The applicant should attain minimum 100 points in points assessment system of immigration mentioned above to attain Skilled Immigration Visa


Business and Investment Visa

Those planning to set up a business in New Zealand by investing money or have a unique business idea that has potential of growth can apply for either investor or entrepreneur category of permanent residency visas.


Investor Category:

There are two types of investor category residency visas including Investor or Investor plus visas. The applicant would have meet investing amount eligibility, character requirements, language requirements, health requirements and current bank statement proving that you have enough financial resources to afford your living while your stay in New Zealand.


Business Category:

The individuals who have already been running a business in New Zealand for last two years can apply for this visa after meeting other eligibility requirements such as Bank Statement, character requirements, health requirements,  Language requirements and others.


Family Category Visa

The family category visa is for those individuals whose parents, child, partner or spouse hold a permanent residency visa of New Zealand. The holder of family category visa can have same privileges as his sponsoring family member.


Silver Fern visa

This type of permanent residency visa is dedicated to young and enthusiastic individuals who want to work and live in New Zealand.  The applicant has to find a suitable employment long term contract from a New Zealand based employer.


How to Apply for Permanent Residency of NEw Zealand 2020

The process of applying for permanent residency starts by lodging an EOI (Expression of Interest) by making an account online on New Zealand’s immigration website which is handled by governmental authorities.

  • If you gain 160 points through above mentioned point’s assessments immigration system then you will be granted PR visa automatically and you will receive an email from the authorities stating your EOI (expression of interest) has been accepted.

  • Or if you do not gain 160 points then you will be included in pool system and wait for the selection process.

  • The selection process takes 6 months maximum

  • As you get selected you will be issued an ITA (invitation to apply) for permanent residency

  • For submitting application permanent residency you will have to complete the required documentation and pay fee of NZ$530 if applying through online means or NZ$650 if applying through paper application. The application will be submitted at New Zealand’s immigration office or online official website.


Frequently Ask Questions

Quick Facts About New Zealand

  • Population

    4.794 million

  • National language


  • Top 3 religion

    Catholic , Anglican, Presbyterian

  • International Students


  • Capital


  • largest 3 cities

    Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

  • Currency

    New Zealand dollar = 93.30 Pakistani Rupee

  • Time difference with Pakistan

    New Zealand is 8 hours ahead of Pakistan

  • Work rule for International students

    20 hours per week

  • Wages for students

    NZ$16.50 an hour

  • Economy

    53rd ranked

  • Per capita income


  • Immigrant population


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