I’m a PhD student. Can I stop studying to work full-time?

PhD students usually have unlimited work rights, check here for options to work.

Option A: Check your visa conditions

PhD students usually have unlimited work rights.

You don’t need to suspend your studies in order to work full time.

Option B: Talk to your education provider

If your education provider lets you suspend studies, they must complete the COVID-19 student change notification form online to notify us of the changes. 

Student change notification form

If your education provider doesn't let you suspend studies, you may need to apply for a new visa.

Varying the conditions of a student visa

Option C: Apply to stay longer

Explore visas that let you visit, work, study, live or invest in New Zealand.

You must apply for a new visa before your current one expires.

Explore visit visas

Explore work visas

Explore another study visa

Explore living here permanently

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