Student Loans are administered by Studylink, which is part of the Ministry of Social Development. Your eligibility for a Student loan should be verified with the Studylink directly.
If you are asked to provide evidence of your status in NZ, please note that Australian citizens are waived from having to obtain a resident visa to travel to NZ, but are usually granted a resident visa on arrival to New Zealand (provided they are of good character).
This is confirmed by the policy RA2.5 in our online Immigration Instructions (under the heading 'Residence').
If you have, however, arrived to NZ before 29 November 2010, you would not have been granted a resident visa on arrival. This is because prior to that date Australian citizens were exempt from holding visas or permits for NZ, but were still allowed to remain here indefinitely. If you are in this situation, please note that Immigration NZ now 'deems' you to hold a residence class visa, as per policy RA4d.
This answer was last updated on 15 December, 2010.
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