If you are studying in New Zealand and you want to stay and work here after you have completed your studies, you may be eligible for a work visa under our Study to Work category.
All applicants need to meet our health and character requirements. The other requirements you need to meet depend on whether you have a job offer.
If you are a student who has completed a qualification or qualifications in New Zealand, but you do not have a job offer, you may be eligible for a Post-study work visa - open for a maximum of 12 months. Then, when you have found a job, you can apply for a further visa for up to two or three years under the Study to Work category.
To be eligible for a Post-study work visa (open) you must:
If you are a student with an offer of employment relevant to your qualification, you may be eligible for a work visa and for a maximum period of:
You will need to provide evidence:
If you are applying for a three-year work visa because you are working towards obtaining a membership or registration from a New Zealand professional association (such as the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants or the New Zealand Registered Architects Board), you need to provide us with more evidence.
Your application for a work visa must be made no later than three months (six months if you have completed a doctoral qualification) after the end date of your student visa for that programme of study or qualification, unless you hold a Post-study work visa (open).
We will apply conditions to your Work Visa that relate to your practical experience.
These instructions do not apply to holders of Limited Visas.
You must have successfully completed a New Zealand qualification or qualifications that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category (see SM14) and is either:
Please note that some students who have studied a National Certificate, National Diploma, New Zealand Diploma or a New Zealand Institute of Management qualification have been providing the incorrect qualification certificates with their applications.
Please talk to your education provider in the first instance, if you have qualified for this award then your provider can apply to NZQA/NZIM for your certificate.
INZ will be asking to see the correct qualification certificate, so to avoid any delays, please provide the correct one.
If you think you meet the requirements, find out how to apply.
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