Information about Post Study Work Visa

If you have acceptable qualifications that you completed in New Zealand, you can apply for a visa to work here. Depending on your qualification and where you studied, you can work for any employer for between 1 and 3 years, and do almost any work.


1, 2 or 3 years

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Work for any employer.
  • Work in almost any job in New Zealand.

How long you can work on a Post Study Work Visa

Things to note

  • You can only apply for this visa once, unless you complete a second higher qualification at bachelor’s degree level or higher.
    Acceptable qualifications for a Post Study Work Visa
  • You cannot provide commercial sexual services or operate or invest in a business that does.
  • If you complete your study outside Auckland before the end of 2021, your work visa can be valid for 2 or 3 years.
  • Your partner can apply for a work visa and your dependent children can study fee-free as domestic students.
  • You need to have held, or had applied for, your student visa to study the eligible qualification on or before 11 May 2022 to be eligible for this visa. If you apply after 11 May 2022, you may be eligible under new Post Study Work Visa instructions. Further information will be available about this later in 2022.

Bringing family if you have a work visa

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