Information to help you prepare for your trip to New Zealand.
A student visa allows you to travel to New Zealand for the purposes of study. If you will conduct research instead of enrolling in an academic programme, you will need a work visa. Information about visas can be located on the Immigration New Zealand website.
The New Zealand Embassy in Washington deals with visa applications from people living on the eastern side of the US and the Consulate-General in Los Angeles with the western side.
New Zealand Embassy
37 Observatory Circle NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: +1 202 328 4800
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5:00pm
New Zealand Consulate-General
2425 Olympic Boulevard, Suite 600E
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Tel: +1 310 566 6555
Office hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30 pm
You should organise your flight bookings around three months before you plan to arrive.
Keep in mind that the main summer holiday period is between Christmas and New Year and many New Zealand organisations (including Fulbright New Zealand) will be closed until early/mid-January. January/February is a peak travel time so book as early as you can if you will be traveling during this period.