Information about Post-study work visa

If you have acceptable qualifications(s) 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.

Bringing family if you have a work visa

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