Acceptable qualifications for a Post-study work visa

To apply for a Post-study work visa, you must have a New Zealand qualification. Find out which qualifications are acceptable.

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.