How long you can work on a Post Study Work Visa

You can get a Post Study Work Visa for 1, 2 or 3 years depending on your qualifications, if you are working towards occupational registration, and the dates that you held (or had applied) for your student visa.

Check your qualification first

Before you apply, check that you have a qualification we will accept.

Acceptable qualifications for a Post Study work visa

If you held a student visa or had made a student visa application by 11 May 2022

You may be eligible for a Post Study Work Visa if, on 11 May 2022:

  • you were already studying in New Zealand on a student visa, or
  • we had accepted your application for a student visa, or
  • you entered New Zealand as part of the border exception for 5,000 new and returning students (under cohort four).

You must have been studying, or have applied to study, an acceptable qualification. 

If you apply for a student visa after 11 May 2022

Information about the length of your Post Study Work Visa (if you did not apply for a student visa before 11 May 2022) will be released later in 2022.