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- What can I study?
- Am I eligible?
- Am I eligible to study at Massey?
- NZ citizens and NZ residence class visa holders
- Australian students
- International students
- Intending students under 16 years old
- Accelerate school + Massey study
- Students returning from overseas exchange
- Home schooled students
- Required supporting documents
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Definition of a New Zealand citizen or a holder of a New Zealand residence class visa
- Definition of a New Zealand citizen
- Definition of a holder of a New Zealand residence class visa
- What is the difference between a resident visa and a permanent resident visa?
- Required supporting documents
The following describes the different categories of citizenship, residency and the verified documents you need to supply.
- New Zealand citizen by birth.
- New Zealand citizen by naturalisation, registration or grant.
- Being a British Subject and resident in New Zealand throughout all of 1948.
- If a woman of non-New Zealand birth, being married to a New Zealand citizen before 9 October 1946.
- If a woman of British birth, being married to a New Zealand citizen before 1 January 1949.
- Claiming New Zealand citizenship by descent, from either parent if born on or after 1 January 1970, or from a father if born before 1 January 1970. (If you’re not sure whether you fit into this category check with the Citizenship Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs/Te Tari Taiwhenua about whether you are a citizen by descent).
- Citizens of the Cook Islands, Niue, and Tokelau born before 1 January 2006 are regarded as New Zealand citizens. From 1 January 2006, children born in New Zealand (or in the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau) acquire New Zealand citizenship at birth only if at least one of their parents:
- is a New Zealand citizen; or
- has residency (i.e. is entitled to be in New Zealand or Australia indefinitely); or
- is entitled to reside indefinitely in the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue.
If you are not a New Zealand citizen you may be a holder of a New Zealand residence class visa. If you are one of the following you are entitled to residence.
- Australian citizen or Australian resident or Australian permanent resident living in New Zealand (no formal application is required for permanent residence).
- Citizen of the United Kingdom provided you arrived in New Zealand before 4 April 1974 (no formal application is required for permanent residence).
- If you have been granted a New Zealand residence class visa (through a formal application).
Holders of a residence class visa, living overseas, studying by distance, will be charged domestic fees.
Both of these visas allow you the same privilege of living permanently in New Zealand, but they provide you with different travel conditions. For regulations see the Studylink website.
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Last updated on Friday 02 October 2020