SAC3+018: TEO to confirm that each student is a valid domestic enrolment


The TEO must verify a student's eligibility for enrolment as a valid domestic enrolment.

For the following types of student who are a valid domestic enrolment under condition SAC3+/016: TEO to ensure student enrolled in SAC course is eligible, the TEO must use one of the following verification methods:

Type of student

Verification methods

A New Zealand citizen

a TEO must:

a)    confirm the student's citizenship status using the student’s NSN; or

b)   receive an assertion through RealMe® that the student was born in New Zealand (prior to 2005); or

c)    sight an original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:

       i)    a New Zealand birth certificate; or

       ii)   a New Zealand passport; or

       iii)  a New Zealand certificate of citizenship; or

d)   if a student is unable to obtain a birth certificate for the purposes of (c)(i) above, contact the TEC to confirm that a whakapapa statement signed by both the student and a kaumātua is acceptable evidence of citizenship.

A New Zealand resident:

a TEO must sight an original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:

a)   a passport with a current returning residency class visa (a passport with a visa label); or

b)  a passport, and letter or email, confirming current returning residency class visa (label-less visa, followed by confirmation with Immigration New Zealand, where appropriate); or

c)   a certificate of identity from Immigration New Zealand if the student is a refugee.

An Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident currently residing in New Zealand:

a TEO must sight an original or certified copy of one or more of the following documents:

a)  an Australian birth certificate; or

b)  an Australian passport; or

c)   a passport with a current Australian resident return visa.

A dependant of diplomatic personnel:

a TEO must sight the original or certified copy of an authorised form from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Other types of valid domestic enrolments:

a TEO must ensure that a student is either:

a)   an exchange student taking part in a New Zealand Government approved exchange programme at a TEO; or

b)  an international student involved in postgraduate research.

For the purposes of this condition, a certified copy is a photocopy that has been endorsed as a true copy of the original. To be certified, the document must:

a)   be certified by an official of the issuing authority or a person authorised by law in New Zealand to certify documents, such as a Justice of the Peace, a lawyer, or a court official (Court Registrar or Deputy Registrar); and

b)   have the official's signature on each page, with the name and title of the official shown clearly below his or her signature.

  • Last changed: 8 March 2016
  • Last verified: 8 March 2016