Enrolling students as domestic students who are living unlawfully in New Zealand

Students living unlawfully in New Zealand, can apply to the Ministry of Education to enrol as a domestic student. Unlawfully means the student is not a New Zealand citizen and is either not holding a current visa of any type, or was born in New Zealand on or after 1 January 2006 and is not a New Zealand citizen by birth.

New applications for approval to be enrolled as a domestic student

Students need to meet all of the criteria in either A) or B) to be able to apply for approval

Criteria A -  for a child whose most recent arrival in New Zealand was before 23 August 2013

  • the child is unlawfully living in New Zealand and
  • the child and a parent/legal guardian, or the child and an extended family member (eg, an aunt, uncle or grandparent) have been living together in New Zealand continuously for over 6 months and
  • either the child has never enrolled in a New Zealand school or a private training establishment, or the child’s most recent enrolment was as a domestic student.

OR

Criteria B – for a child whose most recent arrival in New Zealand was on or after 23 August 2013

  • the child is unlawfully living in New Zealand and
  • the child and a parent/legal guardian have been living together in New Zealand continuously for over 6 months (note that extended family members are excluded)  and
  • either the child hasn’t enrolled in a New Zealand school or private training establishment or the child’s most recent enrolment was as a domestic student and
  • the child’s last visa was not one of the following:
    1. a student visa
    2. an interim visa with study conditions
    3. a visitor visa
    4. a limited purpose permit under the Immigration Act 1987
    5. a limited visa under Immigration Act 2009

unless the child last held a student visa issued under the Immigration Act 2009 and whose most recent enrolment at a registered school was as a domestic student.

Applying to be a domestic student

If the student meets either Criteria A or B then :

  1. Read the Guide to applying to be a domestic student (external link)  (on the Parents website)
  2. Fill in the form to apply to be a domestic student (external link) (on the Parents website)
  3. Post or email this form to the Ministry of Education or take it into your local Ministry of Education office

Renewing an existing domestic student status

You can only apply for a renewal of domestic student status if the student holds a current approval letter from the Ministry and meets ALL 3 of the following criteria:

  1. They haven’t been issued with a new visa since the Ministry granted approval; and
  2. They haven’t left New Zealand since the Ministry granted approval, and
  3. They didn’t turn 19 years old last year.

If the student’s existing approval has ended or been withdrawn you need to complete a full application for approval to enrol as a domestic student.  

Applying for renewal of domestic student status

  1. Read the Guide to completing the renewal form (external link)  (on the Parents website)
  2. Fill in the form to renew your child's domestic student status (external link) (on the Parents website)
  3. Post or email this form to the Ministry of Education or take it into your local Ministry of Education office

 

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