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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

Flexible working conditions for international students working in the health sector 

It is now easier for international students to contribute to New Zealand’s pandemic response, when they are in an area that is at Alert Level 3 and 4. 

Students must continue to meet their study conditions, like attendance and progress. 

International students working in critical health roles 

Student visa holders employed in a critical health worker role will have flexible visa conditions while their area is in Alert Level 3 or 4.  

A ‘critical health worker role’ is the same as the last lockdown, with the addition of key COVID-19 support roles. This includes testing and clinical roles, but not roles like cleaning or other support services.o 

This also applies to interim visa holders who held a student visa immediately before their interim visa. In order to qualify for the flexible working conditions, you must have been employed as a critical health worker on the day immediately prior to your area entering Alert Level 3 or 4. 

These flexible visa conditions apply while New Zealand or your area is at Alert Level 3 or 4. After this, original visa conditions will apply.  

You do not need to do anything in order to use these flexible work conditions. No variation of conditions is required. 

International students who want to work as COVID-19 Testers or Vaccinators 

Any international student who is eligible to work in COVID-19 testing centres or vaccination centres may do so without a restriction on their hours, if they are in an area that is at Alert Level 3 or 4. 

For example, this would apply to an international student in New Zealand in an area that is at Alert Level 4, who is studying medicine and is invited by their District Health Board to deliver vaccinations.  

You do not need to have been previously employed as a vaccinator or tester to use these flexible work conditions. 

These flexible visa conditions apply while New Zealand or your area is at Alert Level 3 or 4. After this, your original visa conditions will apply.  

You do not need to do anything in order to use these flexible work conditions. No variation of conditions is required.

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. 

Supermarket workers in Alert Level 3 and 4

Some visa conditions for temporary migrant workers and international students working in supermarkets as essential workers have been relaxed when New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 3 or 4.

Visa extensions and visa conditions