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Old 10-15-13, 08:06 AM
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general question about visas in NZ

This may not be the most ideal place for a question like this, but I'm asking because I will be on a tour during the time period in question. I have checked NZ's immigration website a few times now and I can't seem to find a concise answer to this question;

Will I be able to transfer from a visitor(tourist) visa to a student visa during my time there? Can they overlap/transfer? Basically the scenario is, I'll be studying from March to late June. I wanted to take this opportunity to complete a tour from January 6th. to March 3rd.(roughly).

I guess I'm looking for local, or frequent traveler to NZ, advice on the matter of - will this be a convoluted process or could it be rather straightforward?

Any input or direction greatly appreciated!
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Pretty sure that you need to start with the student visa. Pretty standard practice, from what I understand, is to apply for a tourist extension when the student visa is about to expire, which is usually granted. Again, pretty common that those over to study would want to check the place out after term ends.
In your case, if you can prove enrolment etc I imagine it's doable.

But calling the NZ consulate and speaking to someone would likely be the best thing.
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I in '97, managed the tourist to student Visa extension while in Scotland ..

traveling to Norway and re entering would also have given me another 6 months ..
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Get proper advice. It's a long way home if you are deported.
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