Visa factsheet Post Study Work Visa - Employer Assisted

This visa is for recent graduates who have successfully completed their qualification in New Zealand. To apply you’ll need to have an offer of full-time work in the same area as your qualification. If you’re granted this visa, it may provide a pathway for you to later apply for residence under our Skilled Migrant Category.

Overview

Overview

Duration

2 years (or 3 years if you're working towards occupational registration)


With this visa you can

  • Work in the job you’ve been offered for the employer who offered it.
  • Get practical work experience in the same area as your qualification.

Things to note

  • You can be granted this visa more than once, but you’ll need to complete another acceptable qualification each time you apply.
  • You can't include a partner or dependent children in your visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

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Criteria

Meeting the criteria

This visa is for recent graduates who have successfully completed their qualification in New Zealand. To apply you’ll need to have an offer of full-time work in the same area as your qualification. If you’re granted this visa, it may provide a pathway for you to later apply for residence under our Skilled Migrant Category.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

  • 2 acceptable photos if you use a paper application form or 1 photo if you apply online.
  • your passport or certificate of identity.

Acceptable photos

If you submit a paper application, you may provide your original passport, or a certified copy. However we highly recommend you provide your original passport. This will enable us to process your application faster and it may be needed to complete your application.

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. You may need to send your passport after you've applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

Please also provide a copy of your Identity card.

Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

Please also provide your Kartu Keluarga.

If you’re not a French national, please also provide a copy of your carte d’assuré.

Please also provide a copy of your livret de famille.

You should also provide a copy of 

  • your Hukou (household registration book)
  • your identity card.

Character

You must be of good character

You may need to provide police certificates as proof of your good character.

If you’re aged 17 and over, and will stay in New Zealand for more than 24 months (this includes any time you have already spent in New Zealand), you must provide police certificates from:

  • your country(s) of citizenship
  • any country(s) you've spent more than 5 years in since turning 17.

You don't need to provide police certificates if you have provided them to us with an earlier visa application, and they were issued in the previous 24 months.

Good character

How to obtain a police certificate

Bona fide

You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa

When we assess if you’re bona fide, we’ll consider all of the information that:

  • you provide to support your application
  • we have about your personal circumstances and any previous applications.

Bona fide

New Zealand Qualification

You must have completed an acceptable qualification in New Zealand

You must provide either:

  • a copy of your acceptable qualification
  • a letter or academic transcript from your University or Polytechnic confirming you have completed your qualification.

New Zealand job offer

You must have an offer of full-time work in the same area as your qualification

When we assess your job offer, we look at whether:

  • your major subject area directly applies to the  work you’ve been offered 
  • the qualification was one of the main reasons your employer decided to offer you the work.

You must provide a copy of your employment agreement as evidence of your full-time work, which must include:

  • your employer’s name and contact details
  • your name and contact details
  • your job title
  • the address for your place of work 
  • the kind of work you’ll be doing and your responsibilities at work
  • details of any necessary qualifications or work experience
  • information about whether you’ll need New Zealand registration to do the work
  • how long the work will be for
  • how long you have to take up the job offer
  • pay and work conditions that comply with New Zealand employment law.

We won’t normally grant a visa if your employer is included on the list of non-compliant employers maintained by the Labour Inspectorate.

Employment  agreements and rights

List of non-compliant employers

Job offer scams are common in India and South Asia, please ensure your job offer is genuine.

How to determine how realistic the job offer is

Your job offer must be current at the time you apply for your visa.

If you have more than one acceptable qualification, your job can be relevant to any one of them.

Work visa application

You must apply in time, or have a ‘Post-Study Work Visa’

When you apply for  this visa, you must either:

  • apply no later than 3 months after your Student Visa expires (or 6 months if you were granted a visa to complete a doctorate)
  • hold a current ‘Post-Study Work Visa’.

We’ll check our records to make sure that you either hold a ‘Post-Study Work Visa’, or are applying in time.

We’ll check your New Zealand qualification, to make sure the study completed was the same study your Student Visa was granted for.

You won’t be eligible to apply if you didn’t complete the qualification recorded on your Student Visa.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Visa conditions

Visa conditions

If you are granted a visa, there are conditions that you must meet. These visa conditions are described below.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you’ll be given on the way to New Zealand.

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don't meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them.

Travelling to and arriving in New Zealand

Travel

If you want to travel in and out of New Zealand, you must have valid multiple entry travel conditions to return to New Zealand.

Your travel conditions will be explained on your visa label or visa letter.

Work

You may work only in the specific occupation, for the employer and in the location specified on your visa.

If you want to change your job, employer or work location you may be able to apply for a Variation of Conditions. Otherwise you’ll need to apply for and be granted a new work visa before you can make changes.

Study

You can study for up to 3 months in any 12-month period.

You may be able to do other study if it’s required by your employer as part of your employment.

Visa expiry

You must leave New Zealand before your visa expires.

Visa expiry dates are printed on a visa label, or included in a visa letter.

Employers

Employer obligations

New Zealand employers have certain obligations they must meet when employing a non New Zealand resident.

What an employer needs to do

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Qualifications

Your candidate will need to have an acceptable qualification

For us to grant your candidate a Post Study Work Visa, they’ll need to have an acceptable qualification.

Job offer

You’ll need to provide your candidate with an offer of full-time work that’s relevant to their qualification

The job offer will need to be full-time work. They'll need to include this with their visa application.

Employer supplementary form

You must complete an ‘Employer Supplementary Form’

You’ll need to give your completed form to your candidate, who will need to include it with their work visa application together with their employment agreement.

Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF 256KB