Changes in New Zealand post-study work visa for International students

With effect from 26th November 2018, the following changes in post-study work visa as on 8th August 2018 are:

  • to remove the employer-assisted post-study work visas at all levels;
  • to provide a one-year post-study open-work visa for students studying Level 4 – 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications, with an additional year for Graduate Diploma graduates who are working towards registration with a professional or trade body;
  • to provide a two-year post-study open-work visa for students studying Level 4 – 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications outside Auckland, provided study is completed by December 2021, at which point the entitlement for post-study work rights reverts to a one-year post-study open-work visa for students studying Level 4 – 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications with an additional year for Graduate Diploma graduates who are working towards registration with a professional or trade body;
  • to provide a three-year post-study open-work visa for degree Level 7 or above qualifications; and
  • to require international students studying Level 8 qualifications to be in an area specified on the Long Term Skills Shortage list, in order for their partner to be eligible for an open-work visa, and in turn the partners’ dependent children to be eligible for fee-free domestic schooling.

These changes come into effect on 26 November, 2018. All students currently studying in NZ and passing out post November 26, are eligible under the new rules.

These changes made by the New Zealand government to expand their plans for a high-quality international system and make sure that post-study pathways for international students are fit-for-purpose and give the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs.

Also, the government intends to keep the pathway of residency for International students whose skills and qualifications can contribute to the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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