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Frequently Asked Questions

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Visas

Do I need a visa to study in Malaga, Spain?

It depends. Please refer to our Spain Visa guide, which will give you all the information you need.

Do I need a visa to study in Riga, Latvia?

It depends. Please refer to our Latvia Visa guide, which will give you all the information you need.

Do I need a visa to study in Florence, Italy?

It depends. Please refer to our Italy Visas guide, which will give you all the information you need.

Do I need a visa to study in Bradfield, England?

It depends. Please refer to our UK Visas guide, which will give you all the information you need.

Do I need a visa to study in Leeds, England?

It depends. Please refer to our UK Visas guide, which will give you all the information you need.

Do I need a Visa to study in Bournemouth, England?

It depends. Please refer to our UK Visas guide, which will give you all the information you need.

Which are the Member States of the Schengen Agreement?

The Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

What types of visas does Latvia issue?

Latvia as a Schengen area Member State issues Schengen visas(short-stay visas) and national visas (long-term visas).

How much does a visa cost for Latvia if I need one.

You can find some helpful information regarding Visa costs here.

How much do Visas cost for the UK?

A student visa costs GBP 363.00

A short-term study visa costs GBP 200.00. It has a maximum validity of 11 months

A standard visitor visa costs GBP 100.00 and is valid for six months

Where can I find more information about visas for studying in the UK?

Your local British Council office is a really great place to start. Many British Council offices run pre-departure briefings for students who are due to travel to the UK. At these events, you can find out more about everything you need to prepare, and you may pick up some helpful tips for applying for your visa. Check the British Council events page or visit your local British Council website to find an event near you.

Does my UK visa allow me to travel to mainland Europe?
  • Unfortunately not. If you want to travel to mainland Europe you will need to apply to the country you wish to travel to for a visa.
I plan to stay in the UK for over six months to study. What sort of visa do I need?
  • If you are planning to study an English language course in the UK that is between six months and eleven months, then you can apply for a short-term study visa
  • If someone you know is coming to visit you on holiday to the UK, they may need to apply for a visitor visa.


I have booked a language experience programme on the Wiseward website? Do I need a visa?

You almost certainly do not need a study visa. Depending on your nationality you may need a visitor visa.

How much will a visa for Spain cost if I need one?

The visa fee is dependent on what type of visa you are applying for and how long you plan to stay. There may be other additional administration costs as well so it's worth checking. The final amount depends on the place, duration and purpose of your stay. As a general rule, you can pay the fee in your local currency to the Spanish Embassy or mission in your country of residence.

Do I need a visa to study long term Spain?

For many nationalities, if you are going to Italy to study on a language course for up to three months you will not need a visa. EU citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy or to study in Spain. If you are planning to stay in Italy for longer than three months and study in Spain at a recognised language school you may need a study visa.

Almost everyone needs a visa to study in Spain for longer than three months. Only nationals from the following countries are exempt from holding an Italian Student Visa to enter Spain: EU (European Union) countries. Switzerland.

It is really important to remember that the student visa for Spain is only an entrance visa. This means it grants you the right to enter Spain, but if you want to legally stay and study in Spain for longer than three months, you also have to apply for an Italian residence permit.

You can only apply for a Spanish residence permit in Spain. This is why an entrance visa is necessary.

You will find some useful additional information courtesy of the Spanish Governments visa guide

I have booked a language experience programme to Spain on the Wiseward website? Do I need a visa?

You almost certainly do not need a study visa for the language experiences and courses offered on the Wiseward website; unless your are planning to stay longer than three months. Depending on your nationality you may need a visitor visa. Additional useful information can be found on the Spanish Government website

How much will a visa for Italy cost if I need one?

The visa fee is dependent on what type of visa you are applying for and how long you plan to stay. There may be other additional administration costs as well so it's worth checking. The final amount depends on the place, duration and purpose of your stay.

As a general rule, you can pay the fee in your local currency to the Italian Embassy or mission in your country of residence.

Do I need a visa to study long term in Italy?

For many nationalities, if you are going to Italy to study on a language course for up to three months you will not need a visa. EU citizens do not require a visa to enter Italy or to study in Italy. If you are planning to stay in Italy for longer than three months and study Italy at a recognised language school you may need a study visa.

Almost everyone needs a visa to study in Italy for longer than three months. Only nationals from the following countries are exempt from holding an Italian Student Visa to enter Italy: EU (European Union) countries. Switzerland.

An Italy student visa is a type of Italian long-stay visa (also known as a national or D-visa). It is the Italy visa you must apply for if you want to stay in Italy for longer than 90 days.

It is really important to remember that the student visa for Italy is only an entrance visa. This means it grants you the right to enter Italy, but if you want to legally stay and study in Italy for longer than three months, you also have to apply for an Italian residence permit.

You can only apply for an Italian residence permit in Italy. This is why an entrance visa is necessary.

You will find some useful additional information courtesy of the visaguide.world

I have booked a language experience programme to Italy on the Wiseward website? Do I need a visa?

You almost certainly do not need a study visa for the language experiences and courses offered on the Wiseward website; unless you are planning to stay longer than three months. Depending on your nationality you may need a visitor visa. Additional useful information can be found on the Italian Government website

I have a UK visa do I need a separate visa for Ireland?

The Irish government operates a scheme whereby nationalities of some countries who hold a UK visa do not need to apply for a separate visa to travel to the Republic of Ireland.

The Short Stay Visa Waiver Programme allows nationals of a number of Eastern European, Middle Eastern and Asian countries who have a short-term UK visa, to come to Ireland without the need for a separate Irish visa. The countries included in the scheme are:

  • Bahrain
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • China
  • Colombia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

Citizens of India and China, who have a short-stay UK visa can travel to Ireland under the British Irish Visa Scheme (BIVS) without a separate Irish visa. You can also use your Irish visa to travel to the UK. Your visa must be endorsed with ‘BIVS’.

Do I need a visa for the Republic of Ireland?

If you are travelling to Ireland and you are not a citizen of the UK, Switzerland, or a country in the European Economic Area (the EU plus Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein), you may need to apply for a visa.

An Irish visa is a certificate placed on your passport or travel document that allows you to travel to Ireland. You still have to present your passport and documents to immigration control when you arrive at the airport or port

How much will a visa for Germany cost if I need one?

The standard visa fee is 75 Euros. There may be other additional administration costs as well so its worth checking. The final amount depends on the place, duration and purpose of your stay.

As a general rule, you can pay the fee in your local currency to the German Embassy or mission in your country of residence

Do I need a visa to study long term in Germany?

For many nationalities, if you are going to Germany to study on a language course for up to three months you will not need a visa. EU citizens do not require a visa to enter Germany or to study in Germany. If you are planning to stay in Germany for longer than three months and study German at a recognised language school you may need a visa.

I have booked a German language experience programme on the Wiseward website? Do I need a visa?

You almost certainly do not need a study visa. Depending on your nationality you may need a visitor visa. Additional useful information can be found on the German Federal Government website.

How much does a visa cost for studying in France?

A short-stay student visa costs 50 Euros.

I want to visit France and already have a valid short-stay Schengen visa issued by another Schengen State. Do I need a new visa?

A Schengen visa (issued by a Schengen State embassy or consulate) is valid for all 26 States in the Schengen area Unless indicated otherwise on the visa stamp. If your visa is still valid, you do not need to apply for another visa to visit France. However, you must be able to provide supporting documentation as to the purpose of your stay and your means of subsistence upon your arrival in France.

In which countries is my Schengen visa valid?
  • Unless stated differently on the visa stamp, short-stay visas are valid for all the 26 States in the Schengen area i.e. the following countries (in alphabetical order): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
  • There are no border controls between Schengen countries except in special circumstances.

Important: the United Kingdom and Ireland are not part of the Schengen scheme.

"Schengen" visas do not allow entry to France's non-European territories as they are not part of the Schengen area.

Similarly, visas for France's non-European territories do not allow entry to the Schengen area.

Do I need a separate visa to enter the Schengen area?

All foreign nationals require a visa to enter the Schengen area unless exempt. This exemption depends on:

  • The nationality of the applicant;
  • The type of passport;
  • Whether the traveller has a residence permit or a long-stay visa valid in France or a State that applies to the Schengen Accords;
  • The duration of stay;
  • The part of the French Republic the traveller plans to visit (France's European or non-European territories).
How long does it take to get study visa for France?

Visa applications are generally processed within 15 days. This period can be extended up to 45 days in particular cases if the examination of the application justifies it.

Do I need a visa to study in France?

If you are not a national of a European Economic Area country (European Union country and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) or of Switzerland, and depending on your nationality, you must obtain a student visa to study in France even if your stay is less than 3 months.

I have booked a French language experience programme on the Wiseward website? Do I need a visa?

You almost certainly do not need a study visa. Depending on your nationality you may need a visitor visa.

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?
  • Many people coming to the UK to study will need a visa although there are a number of significant exceptions and exemptions that may be applicable to you.
  • If you’re studying in the UK at an accredited institution, such as a language school recognised and accredited by the British Council, for less than six months, you can do this as a visitor. Many students (including those from the European Union and other eligible countries) do not need a visa for courses lasting less than six months.
  • Students from some countries will need to apply for a standard visitor visa to do a short course in the UK.
  • Check here to see if you need a visa to study in the UK

Is Wimbledon a nice place to live?

Yes. It is one of the most expensive suburbs of London.

How far is Wimbledon from the centre of London?

It's very close but far enough away to feel like it's a small-ish town in the countryside. By train from Wimbledon to London Victoria is about 26 minutes.

Is it cheaper to learn English in Ireland?

It depends on which course you are studying. Certainly learning English in Ireland has real rewards but so does learning English in England

What are the benefits of learning English in Ireland compared with learning English in England?

Probably one of the key benefits of learning English in Ireland is that EU citizens do not need visas for long-term courses.

Is it cheaper to learn English in Ireland?

It depends on which course you are studying. Certainly learning English in Ireland has real rewards but so does learning English in England!

Does it get very cold in Edinburgh in the winter?

It can get quite cool. Check the weather forecasts prior to your departure and pack accordingly.

What is the journey time from Edinburgh to London?

It is approximately 5 hours by train or an hour by plane.

Is public transport reliable in France?

Public transport is pretty reliable in France and the train system is slick, efficient and rapid.

How long does it take to get from Paris to Bordeaux?

It takes 3 hours by train and the distance between the two cities is 580 km.

Is French an easy language to learn?

Like all new languages that you learn, there is an initial complexity to French but students can pick up the basics reasonably quickly.

Where about in England do you think is best for learning English?

There are so many great places to learn English and we feature some of the very best schools in some of the very best locations.

Is Russian a difficult language to learn?

Russian is a complex and complicated language but a beautiful language as well and part of the fun of learning Russian is the achievement you will feel after a few weeks.

Is Latvia a safe country?

Latvia is reckoned to be very safe. Google advises that Based on the crime index it is below 38, categorizing Latvia as one of the safest countries in the world.

Do I need a visa for Latvia?

If you are an EU citizen you don't need a visa because Latvia is part of the EU. Other nationalities may need a visa.

Does the school teach complete beginners? (This is in reference to the learning Russian)

Yes!

How long will it take to learn English?

It is difficult to predict but if you are starting from zero knowledge you should have a good grasp of the basics of the language you are studying within about twelve weeks.

Is it better to stay with a host family?

This is a tricky question to answer. In principle, staying with a host family can help you improve your language skills and get to know the culture of the country you are studying in. On the other hand, a student residence gives you the benefit of interacting with like-minded people from different cultures and backgrounds. Most of our partner schools offer a choice of both homestay and residence accommodation.

Where is the best place to study English?

There are some great locations to study English. It depends to a large extent, on what your preferences are in terms of location. Do you want to be in the city centre or are you looking for a location that is more rural? We feature a choice of locations on our website.

Do I need a visa to study?

You might need a visa. It depends on, among other things, how long you are planning on staying, what nationality/passport you hold.

Do I need a visa to learn Spanish in Spain?

Not if you are an EU citizen. If you are not an EU citizen you may need a visa so check our visa information on the Spanish visa page.

We are keen to do a Spanish Experience course. What do you suggest?

How about Spanish and Cooking at Malaca Instituto? A great course with students from all over the world, learning about and preparing some amazing Spanish dishes.

I am a school teacher and I teach Spanish to my students who are not native speakers. Do you offer refresher courses for teachers?

Yes we do we offer some really great courses at our partner school Malaca Instituto in Malaga

How long will it take me to become fluent in Spanish?

It is difficult to say. It depends on your existing competence levels.

I am over fifty and would like to study at a school that has students of a similar age as me. Where would you recommend?

We have a great choice of language and activity programmes for the over 50s on our website. You can study different languages in some great, handpicked locations.

I am just about to go to University to study Italian. Is there an Italian language course you could recommend before a start my degree?

We would recommend an intensive Italian Course at one of our partner schools in Italy. It is a wonderful way to get started on your university journey.

Do I need a visa for Italy?

You might need a visa. It depends on, among other things, how long you are planning on staying, and what nationality/passport you hold. If you hold an EU passport you definitely do not need a visa

Can I get Erasmus funding for my Italian course?

If you hold an EU passport you might be able to. More information on the Erasmus programme can be found here

Is German a difficult language to learn?

German is a complex language but part of the joy of learning German is managing the complexity and the sense of achievement that you feel when that moment is reached.

What is the public transport like in Germany?

It is very efficient and has an enviable reputation for being on time whether you are travelling by train or bus.

Is it very cold in the winter in Germany?

It can get quite fresh in various parts of Germany during the winter. It is always worth checking the weather forecast before you depart and packing accordingly.

I have some knowledge of French which school would you recommend

We have some excellent partner schools at some great locations in France all of which cater for people who have good French but want to improve their language skills even more.

Is Paris an expensive city to study in?

Like most capital cities, Paris can be more expensive to live in than other parts of France. The upside is that Paris has so much to offer the visitor in terms of museums, galleries, restaurants etc. that it has immense appeal

Do dialects change a lot in France depending on where you are?

Like most countries dialects change depending on which part of the country you are in.

Which part of France would you suggest I study?

There are some great places to learn French in France and we feature many great locations from historic Rouen to the chic Nice.

Is travelling around Germany easy?

Yes very. There is an extensive and very efficient subsidised public transport.

How far is Regensburg from Berlin?

It is almost exactly 500 km long and takes about four hours to get there if you are travelling by train.

How much does a visa cost for Ireland ?

The standard non-refundable visa application processing fees are:

Entry and re-entry visas:

  • A single journey visa costs €60 and will be valid for one entry to the State up to a maximum of 90 days from the date of issue.
  • A multi-journey visa costs €100 and will be valid for multiple entries to the State up to a maximum of 5 years from the date of issue.
  • A transit visa costs €25.

There may also be communications charges in some cases. Information about these charges, and the fee in your local currency, is available from your local Irish embassy or consulate.

Where can I get more advice and information on UK Visas?


  • Contact the UK Border Agency
  • English UK www.englishuk.com also provides useful information to help international students prepare for study in the UK.
  • For more advice and information about extending your stay once you are in the UK, contact:

The UK Border Agency
Lunar House
40 Wellesley Road
Croydon CR9 2BY
Phone: (+44) (0)870 606 7766 (general enquiries)
Phone: (+44) (0)870 241 0645 (application forms)
Email: [email protected]
Their website is also very useful. Website: http://ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/...

When should I apply for my UK Visa?

You should apply in good time for your entry clearance so that you are not delayed in getting into the UK. It can get very busy in visa sections, especially over the summer when lots of students are applying.

What happens if anything changes in the regulations?

We will continue to keep you updated on any additional changes as soon as we have this information. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions.

What do my dependants need to make a UK visa application?

Your dependents will need to make their application online or fill in a VAF3-Student visa application form:

They will also need the following:

  • Their passport or travel document.
  • A recent passport-sized (45mm x 35mm), colour photograph for each separate individual. This should be:

1. Taken against a light-coloured background
2. Clear and of good quality, and not framed or backed
3. Printed on normal photographic paper, and
4. Full face and without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless you wear this for cultural or religious reasons (but the face must not be covered).

  • The visa fee. This cannot be refunded and they must normally pay it in the local currency of the country where they are applying.
  • Proof of their relationship to you
  • Proof that you can support them without needing any help from public funds.
  • Proof of the course of study you are doing or are going to do in the UK.
  • A copy of the relevant pages from your passport, showing your permission to stay if you are already in the UK.


Can I work or bring dependents into the UK?

You can only work or bring dependents into the UK on an Adult Student Visa.

You are eligible on an adult student visa to:

Take part-time or holiday work, but you must not:

  • Work for more than 20 hours a week during term time unless your placement is part of your studies, has been agreed with your educational institution and leads to a degree or qualification awarded by a nationally recognised examining body
  • Do business, be self-employed or provide services as a professional sportsperson or entertainer
  • Work full-time in a permanent job
  • Bring your husband, wife or civil partner and children to the UK with you during your studies, as long as you can support them without needing any help from public funds.
What is the cost of my UK visa?

Adult Student Visa (from outside the United Kingdom): £220

Student Visitor/Child Visitor Visa: £70

Is there anything else I need to do once I get my UK visa?

Under the new system, all the schools and colleges featured on the Wiseward website are also monitored by the UK Border Agency and must be able to check the following documents and contact details of all students attending their school.

  • Your Passport - please bring to school on your first day - each student’s passport photo page and UK visa details will be photocopied and stored in your student file.
  • You must provide full contact details (full address and a telephone/mobile number) to school staff on the first day, even if you have made your own accommodation arrangements.
  • The school will check your attendance in class daily. If you miss more than 10 days of classes the school is required to report this to the UK Border Agency.
  • You must inform the school in advance of any planned absence such as an official appointment or family commitment. In these cases, you must present documentary evidence like an appointment card, an official letter to request absence (etc) to the school staff. In the event of an unexpected illness, you are required to telephone the school on the morning of your illness. If the illness persists, you should seek medical advice and arrange for a doctor’s note.


What do I do with my documents when applying for my UK Visa?

You must send the originals of all documents requested when applying for your visa. We also strongly recommend that they bring copies in their hand luggage as they will be checked again at the point of entry into the UK.

What is the UK Visa application process if my course is sponsored?

You should provide a stamped letter of confirmation from your official sponsor on an official letter-headed stationery. This letter should state:

  • Your full name
  • Name and contact details of your sponsor
  • Date of the letter
  • Length of the sponsorship
  • Confirmation that your sponsor will meet all your course fees/ living expenses. In cases of part-sponsorship, you must show that you have sufficient funds in your bank account to cover the remainder of the fees and living expenses.
What happens if I want to include an internship in my program?

Students wanting to include an Internship as part of their course should apply for the Adult Student Visa in the same way as for a General English course. Note that this applies even if the overall program duration is less than 6 months. You will be allowed to do a work placement as part of your course of study as long as the work placement is an assessed part of the course and is of an acceptable level. The work placement must be no more than 50% of the programme length.

What are the implications if I apply for the Foundation/Pre-Masters program?

Students who come to study pre-session English and a Foundation Certificate or Pre-Masters course will only be given a visa for the pre-sessional English and Foundation/Pre-Masters course. Once you have successfully completed those courses and met the entry requirement of your intended university conditional offer you can then apply (in the UK) for an extension to your visa. You will need original academic documents when you apply for their visa and to have evidence of your English level as well.

What happens if my English level is Beginner or Elementary?

If your English level is below A2 (i.e. Beginner or Elementary) you can only initially apply for a Student Visitor Visa and then would have to re-apply for the Adult Student Visa in your home country when you have achieved the required level.

How do I prove that I meet the required minimum English language level?

You must submit evidence to the UK Embassy/Consulate that you meet a minimum English language level of A2 (Pre-Intermediate) when applying for an Adult Student Visa. Present ONE of the following with your visa application to demonstrate you have studied English in your home country:

  • High school certificate/attendance record, university certificate or other document which shows the student has studied English on a full or part-time basis and the level of English they have reached
  • Certificate from an internationally recognised English exam such as IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC or another Cambridge Exam. (N.B. this is NOT compulsory but could be used if you have taken one of these examinations )
  • A teacher’s reference or certificate from a local language school to establish the dates of an English course the student participated in and the English level reached

Note that:

  • These documents must be originals
  • If they are not in English they must be translated by an appropriately-qualified translator
  • You can send copies to Wiseward but must submit the original(s) with the visa application
  • Entry Clearance Officers will make verification checks that the documents are genuine.
How do I show that I have sufficient funds for a UK Visa?

You have to demonstrate to immigration officials that you have enough funds in your bank account to cover your course fees for one year or the whole length of the course if shorter than a year and enough living expenses for your first 9 months' stay in the UK which are calculated as £800 per month for London and £600 per month for everywhere else in the UK. You should submit ONE of the following as evidence of funds:

  • A bank account statement
  • A building society/savings account type passbook
  • A dated and signed letter from a financial institution stating that you are the account holder, the account number, and the funds in the account held over the minimum 28-day period


What is the points based visa system in the UK?

From March 2009 the UK government has implemented a new Points Based Visa System for international students applying for an Adult Student Visa (6 months or more) to enable entry to the UK to attend a full-time program of study. The new system will be more objective and transparent than the previous regulations but does mean there are changes to the visa process and documents you will need to prepare before you leave your home country. Please read the following carefully.


How do I apply for a UK visa?

You can apply in a number of ways, for example, by post, by courier, in person or online. Staff at the visa application office or Visa Section (visa application office) can inform you of the most suitable application methods. Some visa sections will only accept applications made online. To find out if you can apply for your visa online please visit the Visa 4UK website. If you cannot apply online you will need to fill in a visa application form (VAF3 - Student). You can get a form free of charge from your nearest visa application centre. Note: You should apply for a student visa in the country of which you are a national or where you legally live.

How do I qualify for a Tier 4 (General) Adult Student Visa to the UK?

To be eligible for an Adult Student Visa under the new points-based system you must have a total of 40 points, to gain the necessary points you should:

  • Apply to a school that is accredited by an accrediting body approved by the UK Border Agency. All Wiseward schools are accredited by Accreditation UK one of the approved government accrediting bodies.
  • Apply to a school that is on the UKBA Register of Sponsors (only education institutions accredited by an approved accrediting body are eligible to apply to be on the Register). All Wiseward schools are on the Register of Sponsors

This will give you an initial 30 points, a final 10 points are obtained by showing you have sufficient funds to pay for your course and your living expenses in the UK.


Which UK visa should I apply for if I want to study for more than 11 months?

If you are over 18 years old and want to attend a course of more than 11 months, you must apply under the Tier 4 (General) Student Visa under the Points-Based System.

Which UK visa should I apply for if I want to study for less than 11 months?

If you are over 18 years old and intend to book an English language course for less than eleven months, you should apply for a Student Visitor Visa. This is basically a form of Tourist Visa and will be outside the Points Based System. However, you can only be issued the Student Visitor Visa if you are enrolled at an accredited institution, and you will have to satisfy immigration on the current tests of intent to study, ability to follow the course, and intent to return home afterwards. The Student Visitor Visa has no entitlements (no right to work, to switch to another visa category, to extend or bring in dependants). It will have a maximum duration of 11 months and is intended for those who simply wish to come to the UK to take an English language course. If you are a 'non-visa-national' who does not normally need a visa to study for up to 6 months, you must apply for an extended visa if you wish to take a longer English language course.

Which UK visa should I apply for if I am under 18?

You should apply for the child visa if you are under 18 years old and want to attend a course of less than six months; otherwise, you should apply for a Tier 4 (child) Student visa.

Can I work in New Zealand longer than the stipulated 3 months in one location on this visa?

Working holidaymakers who are able to show they have worked in the horticulture or viticulture industries for at least three months could be eligible to obtain an extra three-month stay in New Zealand. For more details on this policy, please see the page about the Working Holidaymaker Extension permit. In addition, some countries may allow for working holidaymakers to work longer than the 3-month period, so please check out the list by country to see if this applies to you.

How much does the application fee cost for the Working Holiday Visa Scheme?

Use the Office and Fee Finder tool to determine how much your application will cost.

Where is my nearest New Zealand Consulate or Embassy?

Use the Office and Fee Finder to locate the nearest consulate or Embassy to you.

Can I apply online for the Working Holiday Visa Scheme?

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 years old and hold a passport from the countries listed below, you can apply online for a Working Holiday Visa.

  • Argentina
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay


How do I apply for the Working Holiday Visa Scheme in New Zealand?

You can visit your local consulate or Embassy to pick up an application, or you can download an application form.

What does the Working Holiday Visa Scheme let me do in New Zealand?


  • Study for up to three months
  • Work in New Zealand for up to 12 months
  • Work with one employer for up to 3 months
Who would need a working holiday visa for New Zealand?

If you would like to go onto the OPUS Work and Study program in New Zealand you will require a Working Holiday Visa.

Can I work during my studies in New Zealand?

Students with a valid visa may be able to work if they meet the following conditions:

Student Visa
  • You are enrolled on a full-time course of 6 months or more
  • You have an IELTS score of 5.0 or higher
Working Holiday Visa

You may work full-time or part-time on a working holiday visa, for up to 3 months at one company (some select countries enable students to work longer than 3 months in one company.

What are the study requirements for schools featured on the Wiseward website?

Students on a Student Visa must study full-time. If you do not meet the school's full-time study requirements while studying with a Student Visa, Wiseward will be obliged to notify NZIS of your status and you risk falling out of legal status with NZIS.

What documents will I need to show at the port of entry in New Zealand?

In general, you must show the Port of Entry Officer the following documents. If these documents are missing or incomplete, you may be detained, questioned or denied entry altogether:

  • A valid (non-expired) passport
  • A valid (non-expired) Student Visa (if applicable)
  • Bank statement
  • Proof of outbound travel (if arriving on a visitor’s visa)

Documents from Wiseward schools:

  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Receipt

For more information check out the NZIS website.


Can I enter New Zealand before or after my start date?

The Student Visa issued to you by N.Z.I.S. will notify you of the dates your Student Visa is valid. You should adhere to these dates. If you travel to N.Z. after your start date, you will probably face problems at the Port of Entry, since it appears you failed to meet the requirement of reporting to the school by your start date. To prevent problems at the Port of Entry, you should contact Wiseward and ask that we postpone your start date if you are unable to arrive before your start date. At that time, Wiseward will mail you a revised Letter of Acceptance with a postponed start date.

Can I change schools after receiving my New Zealand Student Visa?

You may change your school at any time before you apply for your Student Visa at no additional charge providing that the school is featured on the Wiseward website. Simply contact Wiseward to confirm the new location and a new Letter of Acceptance will be mailed to you for the new location. If your visa has been issued, you can change locations, but you will need to apply for a Variation of Conditions before arriving in N.Z. A Variation of Conditions will cost an additional fee. Please check with your New Zealand Embassy/Consulate regarding this fee. If the names do not match because you changed school locations after getting your visa, you may be denied entry to New Zealand.

Can I change my start date after receiving my New Zealand Student Visa?

You can change your start date any time before entering N.Z. Simply contact Wiseward to confirm your new start date as soon as you know about the change. At that time, we will mail you a revised Letter of Acceptance to show new study dates. A failure to notify Wiseward about these changes can cause problems for you at the Port of Entry and/or New Zealand Embassy. If you want to begin before your start date, this is acceptable. Simply go to the school and let them know you want to start early.

How much money do I need to show on my bank statement for my New Zealand Visa?

New Zealand Immigration Service needs to see that you have sufficient funds to cover your living requirements while in New Zealand. If you have pre-arranged accommodation, your bank statement should show NZD 400 per month. If you do not have pre-arranged accommodation, your bank statement should show NZD 1000 per month.

Do I have to show a bank statement on arrival in New Zealand even if I have paid?

Wiseward recommends that all students arriving into the country carry with them proper documentation as stated on NZIS website.

What does New Zealand Immigration Services require in a bank statement?

The bank statement/letter should show that you and/or your sponsor have enough funds to cover the cost of the study. In addition, it must show that all funds are readily available without penalty for withdrawal. For this reason, statements from checking and/or savings accounts are best. Income statements, property deeds and other similar forms of investments are typically not acceptable.

You can show funds through multiple accounts and/or multiple sponsors, if necessary.

Can my student visa be extended if I need more time to study in New Zealand?

Yes, if you would like to continue your studies, our Student Services will be glad to assist you with your Student Visa extension. You should notify Student Services of your plans to extend at least 4 weeks prior to your last day of study.

What happens if I am denied a visa for entry into New Zealand?

If denied your visa, you should ask the Consular Officer for the reason for the denial before you leave the Embassy. You have the right to request the denial in writing as well. If no reason or a reason due to your personal submission is stated, we will be unlikely to be able to assist you further. In most cases, the government’s decision is final and there is little Wiseward can do to change their decision.

All fees paid will be refunded on receipt of written notification and proof of visa rejection prior to your start date.

Can Wiseward help me complete an application for a New Zealand visa?

Your chosen school will, through us, provide you with the documents to prove you are a confirmed student at their school (Letter of Acceptance, Accommodation Guarantee, and/or Receipt). However, prior to arrival, it is the student's sole responsibility to complete all government documents. Once you are at school, we will be glad to help you change your visa or apply for a visa extension if necessary.

How long will my New Zealand visa be valid for?

We do not issue your visa and therefore cannot confirm for how long it will be valid. Visas are typically given for the length of your course + 4 weeks. However, this is dependent on providing the Immigration service with the proper documents. You should confirm this information with your local New Zealand Embassy/Consulate.

Which Embassy should I visit for my New Zealand Visa?

Usually, you are expected to visit the N.Z. Embassy/Consulate in the country for which you hold citizenship (i.e. the country that issued your passport). If your country does not have a New Zealand Embassy/Consulate or if you are currently located in a different country, you should contact the closest New Zealand Embassy to see if they can accept your application for a visa.

Does Wiseward issue visas for New Zealand?

No. All visas are issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service or Embassy/Consulate abroad.

Do I need to write a start date on my New Zealand visa application?

Yes, we need to have a start date in order to process an application. Enough time should be given for your visa to be processed and accommodation secured.

How soon can I start my New Zealand Visa application?

If you are applying for a visa you should give yourself from 1 - 2 months until your desired starting dates, especially if you need accommodation.

How do I get a New Zealand visa?

You must first apply to study at a school featured on the Wiseward website. If you are eligible for admission, your chosen school will issue a 'Letter of Acceptance' and 'Schedule of Charges' to you. We will issue you a receipt and a new Letter of Acceptance when full payment is received for your booking. You should send these documents with the Student Visa Application Form to the New Zealand Immigration Service or NZ Embassy/Consulate as evidence of your course.

Do I need a visa to study in New Zealand?

If you plan to study for less than 12 weeks in total and are from a “Visa Free Country”, you do not need a student visa. If your length of study is over 12 weeks, you will need a Student Visa. For more information about obtaining a New Zealand visa, please visit the New Zealand Immigration Services website, or visit the New Zealand Embassy in your region.

Where can I get more advice and information about Canadian Visas?

Please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada site

Can I leave and re-enter Canada?

Yes, as long as you have a valid passport or travel document and Study Permit (if applicable) with you. If you are required to have a Temporary Resident Visa, you will also need to have a valid entry visa to re-enter (unless you are returning to Canada from the United States or St-Pierre and Miquelon, and you return before the expiration period initially authorized for your entry).

Can I bring my husband, wife or civil partner and dependent children with me to Canada?

Yes, they may accompany you to Canada or join you at a later date. Your spouse must meet the requirements for temporary residents in Canada, and your children must meet the requirements for a Type A, B or C dependent child status. If they are to join you at a later date, they must make a separate application.

What documents will I need to show at the Point of Entry in Canada?

Make sure you have the following documents with you at the point of entry:

  • Valid passport
  • Letter of introduction confirming your Study Permit was approved if required
  • Valid Temporary Resident Visa, if required
  • Copy of your acceptance letter from Wiseward recommended schools
  • Proof of sufficient funds for the duration of your stay in Canada
  • Reference letters or other documents recommended by your local Canadian visa office

You may not gain entry to Canada if any of these documents are missing or incorrect.

How do I apply for a Temporary Resident Visa in Canada?

You do not need to make a separate application or pay a separate fee for a Temporary Resident Visa. An officer will issue the visa at the same time you receive the documentation necessary for entry to Canada as a student.

Do I need a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada?

Citizens and permanent residents of certain countries do not require a visa for entry to Canada. If you are from a designated country, you will need a Temporary Resident Visa.

What do I need to participate in the OPUS work and study program in Canada?

You will need to obtain a work permit. The following conditions must be met to be eligible for a work permit:

  • Have a valid Study Permit
  • Intended employment must be part of your programme of study in Canada
  • Have a letter from a responsible academic official of the institution
  • Work or internship employment must not form more than 50% of your total program of study

To apply for a work permit, complete and mail the application form with the necessary documents. For more information, visit the guide for student work permits.

Can I work during my studies in Canada?

Foreign students are not allowed to work during their studies in Canada unless they are enrolled in the OPUS work and study programme or internship placement.

Can I extend my stay as a student in Canada?

If you have a Study Permit, you can apply to extend your stay as a student over 6 months through a Canadian visa office within Canada.

If you do not have a Study Permit you can extend your course or enrol in another course as long as you are not studying for longer than 6 months in total. If you would like to extend your studies in Canada beyond 6 months and do not have a Study Permit, you must apply for a Study Permit at a Canadian visa office outside of Canada.

What will happen when I make my application for a Canadian Study Permit?

Your application will be reviewed, and an officer will then decide if an interview is necessary. If approved, you will receive a letter of confirmation. You must show this letter to the Canadian officer at the port of entry, who will issue you a Study Permit.

What supporting documents should I include with my application for a Canadian Study Permit?

Proof of acceptance from your chosen school

  • Letter from the school that includes the name of the institution, confirmation of acceptance and/or registration as a student, course of study, duration of the academic programme and the latest date you may register

Proof of identity

  • Valid passport or travel document that guarantees re-entry to the country that issued it (citizens and permanent residents of the US, St. Pierre and Miquelon and Greenland do not require passports but require proof of status and citizenship, such as a national identity card or alien registration card)
  • Two identical passport-sized (45mm x 35mm) photos of you and your accompanying family members that should be:

1. Taken within the last six months in colour or black and white
2. Clear and taken against a light-coloured background
3. Printed on normal photographic paper
4. Full face with a neutral expression and without sunglasses, hat or other head covering unless it is for cultural or religious purposes

Proof of financial support

  • Proof you have sufficient funds to pay for tuition fees, living expenses for yourself and accompanying family members, and return transportation for yourself and accompanying family members. Such evidence may include:
  • Proof of a Canadian Bank account in your name if money has been transferred to Canada
  • Bank statements for the past four months
  • A bank draft in convertible currency
  • Proof of payment of tuition and residence fees
  • Proof of funding paid from within Canada if you have a scholarship

You must also prove that you will leave Canada at the end of your studies. If your country has foreign exchange controls, you must provide proof that you will be permitted by the exchange control authorities of your country to export funds for all your expenses. Additional documents may be required, including medical and security information.

What will I need to make my application for a Canadian Study Permit?

You must first apply to a Canadian school on the Wiseward website. If you are eligible for admission, Wiseward will give you a letter of acceptance, which you need when applying for a Study Permit.

How much does it cost to apply for a Canadian Study Permit?

Visit the website of your local Canadian visa office for information on fees.

How much time does it take to get a Canadian Study permit?

The processing time for the application varies at different visa offices, and statistics of past processing times may be found here.

When should I apply for a Canadian Study Permit?

You should apply as soon as you receive your letter of acceptance from your chosen school in Canada via Wiseward.

How do I apply for a Study Permit in Canada?

If you are outside Canada, contact a Canadian embassy, consulate or high commission. You must submit your application to the Canadian visa office in your area. If you are in Canada, you can call (888) 242-2100 to speak with an agent or use the automated telephone service to order application forms and other services.

Do I need a Study Permit to study in Canada?

You do not need a Study Permit if you enrol in a program that is six months or less and complete it within the authorized period. However, as an international student, you must obtain a Study Permit to study in Canada if you intend to study for more than six months.

If you are going to need a Study Permit it is recommended that you apply for one before travelling to Canada because applications can only be made from abroad. If you decide to extend your course or continue your studies for more than 6 months once you arrive in Canada, you will need to leave the country in order to apply for your Study Permit if you did not obtain one in advance.

What does a working holiday visa in Australia let me do?

If you are granted this visa you can:

  • stay up to 12 months in Australia
  • leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid
  • work in Australia for up to 6 months with each employer
  • study for up to 4 months.

Important: Applicants must enter Australia within 3 months of the grant of the visa

Who can apply for a working holiday visa for Australia?

Residents of the countries listed in the table below, aged between 18-30.

Important: Applicants must have turned 18, but not turned 31, at the time of visa application.

Who would need a working holiday visa for Australia?

If you would like to go onto the OPUS Work and Study programme in Australia you will require a Working Holiday Visa

Can I work during my studies in Australia?

Students with a valid student visa may work up to 20 hours per week after starting their course and work unlimited hours during their course holidays. This work right is included automatically for all students coming in on a student visa. Students may also work on a working holiday visa, but those on a tourist visa may not work.

What are the study requirements at Australian schools featured on the Wiseward website?

Students on a Student Visa must study full-time. If you do not meet the school's full-time study requirements while studying with a Student Visa, the school will be obliged to notify the Department of Immigration and Citizenship of your status and you risk falling out of legal status.

What documents will I need to show at the Port of Entry in Australia?

In general, you must show the Port of Entry Officer the following documents. If these documents are missing or incomplete, you may be detained, questioned or denied entry altogether:

  • A valid (non-expired) passport
  • A valid (non-expired) Student Visa (if applicable)
  • Bank statement
  • Proof of outbound travel (if arriving on a visitor’s visa)
  • Documents from Kaplan International Colleges:
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Receipt

This link gives you more information

Can I enter Australia before or after my start date?

The Student Visa issued to you by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship will notify you of the dates your Student Visa is valid. You should adhere to these dates.
If you travel to Australia after your start date, you will probably face problems at the Port of Entry, since it appears you failed to meet the requirement of reporting to the school by your start date. To prevent problems at the Port of Entry, you should contact Wiseward and ask that we postpone your start date if you are unable to arrive before your start date. At that time, your chosen school, via Wiseward, will mail you a revised Letter of Acceptance with a postponed start date.

Can I change schools after receiving my Australian Student Visa?

You may change your school at any time before you apply for your Student Visa at no additional charge. We currently feature two schools to choose from in Australia, Sydney and Melbourne. Simply contact us to confirm the new location and a new Letter of Acceptance will be mailed to you for the new location. If your visa has been issued, you can change locations, but you will need to submit a Change of Provider application before arriving in Australia. This may cost an additional fee. Please check with your Australian Embassy/Consulate regarding this fee. If the names do not match because you changed school locations after getting your visa, you may be denied entry to Australia.

Can I change my start date after receiving my Australian Student Visa?

You can change your start date any time before entering Australia. Simply contact your school to confirm your new start date as soon as you know about the change. At that time, we will mail you a revised Enrolment Agreement to show your new study dates. A failure to notify us about these changes can cause problems for you at the Port of Entry and/or Australian Embassy. If you want to begin before your start date, this is acceptable. Simply go to the school and let them know you want to start early.

How much money do I need to show on my bank statement for my Australian Visa?

Australia Immigration Service needs to see that you have sufficient funds to cover your living requirements while in Australia. You must also show you have a return air ticket on arrival in Australia.

Do I have to show a bank statement on arrival even if I have paid for my Australian Visa?

We recommend that all students arriving into the country carry with them proper documentation as stated on the DIAC (Department of Immigration and Citizenship) website.


What does Australian Immigration Services require in a bank statement?

The bank statement/letter should show that you and/or your sponsor have enough funds to cover the cost of the study. In addition, it must show that all funds are readily available without penalty for withdrawal. For this reason, statements from checking and/or savings accounts are best. Income statements, property deeds and other similar forms of investments are typically not acceptable.
You can show funds through multiple accounts and/or multiple sponsors, if necessary.

Can my Australian student visa be extended if I need more time to study?

Yes, if you would like to continue your studies the school’s Student Services department will be glad to assist you with your Student Visa extension. You should notify Student Services of your plans to extend at least 4 weeks prior to your last day of study.

What happens if I am denied an Australian visa?

If denied your visa, you should ask the Consular Officer for the reason for the denial before you leave the Embassy. You have the right to request the denial in writing as well. If no reason or a reason due to your personal submission is stated, it is unlikely that we will be able to assist you further. In most cases, the government’s decision is final and there is little we can do to change their decision.

What is the likelihood that my Australian Visa application will be approved?

Wiseward does not issue visas and therefore cannot confirm the likelihood of approval. However, you should note that the granting of a visa is not guaranteed.

Can Wiseward help me complete an application for an Australian visa?

Wiseward and the relevant partner school are able to provide you with the documents to prove you are a confirmed student at their school (Enrolment Agreement, Accommodation Guarantee, and/or Receipt). However, prior to arrival, it is the student's sole responsibility to complete all government documents. Once you are at school, they will give you the necessary information on how you can change your visa or apply for a visa extension if necessary.

How long will my Australian visa be valid?

As we don’t issue your visa it is difficult to confirm how long it will be valid for. Visas are typically given for the length of your course + 4 weeks. However, this is dependent on providing the Immigration service with the proper documents. You should confirm this information with your local Australian Embassy/Consulate.

Which Embassy should I visit regarding my Australian Visa application?

Usually, you are expected to visit the Australian Embassy/Consulate in the country for which you hold citizenship (i.e. the country that issued your passport). If your country does not have an Australian Embassy/Consulate or if you are currently located in a different country, you should contact the closest Australian Embassy to see if they can accept your application for a visa. Check here to find the location of your nearest Australian embassy.

How do I get an Australian Visa?

You must first apply to study at one of the schools or colleges on the Wiseward website. If you are eligible for admission, the school will issue an Enrolment Agreement (EA) and invoice to you. Your chosen school will issue you a receipt and ECOE (Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment) for a student visa when the completed and signed EA and full payment is received for your booking. You should send these documents to the Australia Immigration Service or Embassy/Consulate as evidence of your course.

What happens if my Australian Visa is denied?

As per our terms and conditions, fees paid will be refunded on receipt of written notification and proof that your visa application was denied prior to your start date.

How soon can I start applying for an Australian Visa?

If you are applying for a visa you should give yourself from 1 - 2 months until your desired starting dates, especially if you need accommodation.
I didn't write a start date on my application because I want to start as soon as I get approved for a student visa is that ok? We need to have a start date in order to process an application. Enough time should be given for your visa to be processed and accommodation secured.

How much time does it take to get an Australian Student Visa?

A Student Visa is issued to students who are going to study full-time in Australia. The time it takes to obtain one depends on the Australian Embassy from which you apply. The average time is 4-8 weeks.

Do I need a visa to study in Australia?

If you plan to study for less than 12 weeks in total, you will need to apply for a Tourist Visa. If your length of study is over 12 weeks, you will need a Student Visa. For more information about obtaining an Australian visa, please visit the Australian Immigration Services website or visit the Australian Embassy or Consulate in your region.

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