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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The money will be spent on tuition fees and basic living necessities.

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Thank you!  17 November 2021

To everyone who has helped me, I am truly grateful to make this possible. It has been a surreal experience and I apologise for being away for a bit as I needed some time away.

I still have a little bit more to go, having raised 30k in the past month. It doesn’t seem like an impossible thing anymore.

I have been selling art prints and doing art commissions for the time being.

On another note, if any of you or you know anyone who would be interested in some of my art or would be happy to have me do commissions, please do let me know!

Reach me through my facebook if you like.

Much love and wishing you all the very best.

Nathania

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