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Delays to response times: It is taking longer than usual to answer calls and myIR messages, and to process some COVID-19 Support Payment applications. This is because of the impact of COVID-19. If possible, please contact us through your myIR account. Log in to myIR

Budget 2022: The Government has announced Budget 2022, which includes changes to child support payments. Find out more on our Tax Policy website

Budget 2022: The Government has announced a Cost of Living Payment, which will be paid from 1 August 2022. You do not need to apply for this payment. If you are eligible, we’ll pay it into your bank account. Find out more

Before you start

Check if you're eligible to apply.

When can I keep my student loan interest-free overseas?

If you're eligible, we'll need:

  • a letter from you that says why you are applying to keep your student loan interest-free
  • all the supporting documents required for your situation.

In myIR, go to your student loan account

This is on the homepage once you've logged in.

Select 'More...'

Select 'Apply for overseas interest-free'

You'll find this in the 'Travelling overseas' section.

Follow the prompts to complete your application

You can attach your supporting documents to the application.

Log into myIR

What happens next

We’ll try to get back to you within 10 working days.

My responsibilities

It is important to keep your contact details up to date in myIR.

If you do not have a myIR account, you can send your application and supporting documents by post:

Inland Revenue
PO Box 39010
Wellington Mail Centre
Lower Hutt 5045
New Zealand

Our reply may take longer if you send us your application this way.


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Last updated: 14 Oct 2020
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