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Changes to post-study work rights for international students come into effect on 26 November 2018 Friday, 9 November 2018

On 8 August 2018, the government announced changes to the Post-study work visa policy to ensure that post-study pathways for international students are fit for purpose and provide the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs. These changes will come into effect on 26 November 2018.

The changes will:

  • remove the employer-assisted post-study work visas at all levels
  • provide a 1-year Post-study open work visa for students studying Level 4 to 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
  • provide a 2-year Post-study open work visa for students studying Level 4 to 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 1-year Post-study open work visa
  • provide a 3-year Post-study open work visa for degree Level 7 or above qualifications
  • require international students studying Level 8 qualifications to be in an area specified on the Long Term Skill Shortage list in order for their partner to be eligible for an open work visa.

Further information

Amendment circular 2018-11 PDF 870KB

Student factsheet PDF 205KB

Frequently Asked Questions PDF 374KB

Other languages

Student factsheet – Hindi PDF 287KB

Student factsheet – Japanese PDF 868KB

Student factsheet – Korean PDF 376KB

Student factsheet – Malaysian PDF 254KB

Student factsheet – Tagalog PDF 255KB

Student factsheet – Thai PDF 309KB

Student factsheet – Traditional Chinese PDF 488KB

Student factsheet – Simplified Chinese PDF 517KB

Student factsheet – Vietnamese PDF 311KB