You are a student

Visa and work information for student visa holders already in New Zealand.

Visa information

Apply for a new visa or a variation of conditions if you:

  • have completed your studies
  • are unable to complete your studies
  • want to extend your course, or
  • want to change your course or education provider.

Normal fees apply.

Visa information when you are in New Zealand

Work information

Post-study work visa eligibility

Current requirements for post-study work visa applications still apply - at least 30 weeks full-time study in New Zealand for qualifications at level 7 and above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework, or at least 60 weeks full-time study in New Zealand for qualifications at levels 4 to 6. 

Visa changes for students working in supermarkets during Alert Level 3 or 4

From 20 August 2020 changes have been made to relax visa restrictions for some visa holders to work at a supermarket to support New Zealand’s response to COVID-19 when a region is in Alert Level 3 or 4. Effective until 31 July 2021.

If you are a student who is employed by a supermarket on the day before the region enters Alert Level 3 or 4, you will be able to work for more than 20 hours.

If this applies to you and you want to work more than 20 hours, discuss your plans with your education provider as you must still meet the study requirements of your student visa.

Supermarkets mean those operated by:

  • Woolworths New Zealand – owners of Countdown, Super Value and FreshChoice supermarkets
  • Foodstuffs Limited – owners of New World, Pak n Save and Four Square.