Help me stay in New Zealand and finish my degree

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Help me stay in New Zealand and complete my degree

Dunedin, Otago

I am an international student studying physiotherapy in the University of Otago from Indonesia struggling with completing tuition fee, which I would need at least $42,688. I consider New Zealand my home ever since and I have never felt more accepted. I was raised in a Catholic family which has so far made me feel oppressed about my sexuality amongst other things that are against my family’s beliefs.

Also gender equality in Indonesia is a massive problem, and as a woman I feel obliged to satiate societal standards there if I were to go back.

So far my parents have been supporting me with my finances, but due to COVID-19 it has been halted. My parents do not agree with who I am and decided to cut off my finances due to their beliefs and there is no way for me to afford finishing my degree despite having one year left as international fees are high up the sky. I just need one more year to get through to secure my place where I feel safe and accepted.

The requirements for me to further apply for a student visa at the moment is if tuition fees are all covered and paid. Currently I have barely enough money to even cover for rent and food.

Student visas normally last until March the next year, but since my passport is expiring in January 2022, my student visa is only valid until December 2021.

I have applied for a new passport before on the 2nd of September but it was cancelled due to lockdown and so I have rebooked and the only time available is 9 November 2021.

I would have to apply for a new student visa before my current visa expires on 5 December 2021, with requirements that I have to meet to apply:

1. Paying the tuition fee (45k)

2. Having 20k in my bank account to proof that I can sustain myself in New Zealand

Tuition Fees details are provided here

https://www.otago.ac.nz/international/fees/health-sciences/

Immigration requirements for Student Visa provided here

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/full-fee-paying-student-visa

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University Fees Possible Increase  15 October 2021

I have emailed the university to pay early as my visa expires on 05 December 2021, this is because my Indonesian passport expires in 05 January 2022. I have made an arrangement to renew the passport but was cancelled due to lockdown.

I have rebooked for November this year to renew.

I emailed the student finances for details for next year’s tuition and it seems that they would increase the price. As you guys have seen, I paid $44,237 last year.

Hopefully this gives some insight to what is happening and the possible increase in university fees.

However, I am very thankful of your help.

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