I applied for NZ Student visa on May 25, 2009 at the New Delhi High Commission). My visa file was then sent to NZ for processing. I am going for PhD in Mechanical Engineering at a premier school with a full scholarship. My visa officer contacted me in September for further submission of documents (Birth Certificate, Updated Evidence of Funds, and my CV) and told me that she would conduct a standard verification check on the documents. I contacted her once again in October and she replied me on 15 October, that my application is currently under verification, but she is aware that my scholarship deadline is 01 December, 2009. Today is October 28, 2009 and i still don't have my visa. It has now been 5 months and 4 days since i submitted my student visa application and frankly, i am so worried with this. I left my job in anticipation of my visa and still i don't know if i would be getting it within next few days. Any idea on how much time do NZ PhD visas take to process for Indian students (I hope Immigration NZ has different guidelines for different countries)? Please help me!!!