Acceptable qualifications for a Post Study Work Visa

To apply for a Post Study Work Visa, you must have an acceptable New Zealand qualification.

Changes are being made to the Post Study Work Visa settings. If you held, or had applied for, your student visa before 11 May 2022, this information applies to you.  

If you applied for your student visa after 11 May 2022, your qualification may not be acceptable under the new rules. More information will be available about acceptable qualifications under the new rules later in 2022. 

Work out if your qualification is acceptable

To be acceptable:

  • you must have studied in New Zealand, and
  • your qualification must be Level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

New Zealand Qualifications Framework | NZQA website

Your qualification is Level 7 or higher

Your qualification at level 7 or higher is acceptable if your course lasted 30 weeks or more.

You studied at Levels 4 to 6

Your Level 4, 5 or 6 qualification is acceptable if you:

  • completed it after study of 60 weeks or more, or
  • gained 2 qualifications that:
    • each involved at least 30 weeks' study, and
    • the level of your last qualification was higher than the first.

Qualification requirements if you were studying, or had applied for a student visa, by 8 August 2018.

You studied English language

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications are not acceptable.

You want to work for longer

You can apply for another Post Study Work Visa, but only if you complete another qualification in New Zealand that:

  • you studied for 30 weeks or more
  • is a bachelor's degree or post-graduate qualification, and
  • is at a higher level than the qualification you used to get your previous visa.