Working on a student visa

You may be allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during all scheduled holidays and the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Check your visa conditions

If you are allowed to work, your work rights will be recorded in your eVisa or the visa label in your passport, or explained to you in a letter.

If you work when you are not allowed to, you will be in breach of your visa conditions. If this happens you may have to leave New Zealand. If you have questions about your work rights, contact us.

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Tertiary students

Part-time work

Your visa conditions will allow you to work up to 20 hours a week if you are doing a full-time course that:

Full-time work

Your visa conditions will allow you to work full-time during scheduled breaks in study if all of these apply:

Your visa conditions will allow you to work full-time during the Christmas and New Year holiday period if:

PhD and Masters by research students

If you are enrolled in Masters by research or doctoral degree programme awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, your visa conditions will not have any restrictions on the hours you can work.

English language students

If you are an English language student, your visa conditions will allow you to work for up to 20 hours a week while you have a valid Student Visa, provided your course meets certain conditions.

Courses of at least 24 teaching weeks

Your visa conditions will allow you to work part-time if all of these apply:

Courses of at least 14 teaching weeks

Your visa conditions will allow you to work part-time if all of these apply:

Shorter English language courses

When we assess if you are eligible for work rights, we will look at any English language study you have done on previous Student Visas.

We can count your previous English language study towards the 14 consecutive weeks if:

Secondary school students

Your visa conditions will allow you to work for up to 20 hours a week during the school year, and full-time in the Christmas and New Year holiday between school years if:

Note

If you are under 18, you must have written permission from your school and your parents or legal guardian to work. You do not need written permission to work full-time in the Christmas and New Year holiday period if you are over 18.

Practical experience

If practical experience is a requirement of your course, we will grant your Student Visa with conditions that allow you to work to complete this practical experience.

Work you cannot do

International students are not allowed to be self-employed. You must work for an employer and have an employment agreement.

You cannot provide commercial sexual services. This means you cannot: