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U11.1 Students holding a New Zealand scholarship undertaking employment

See also Immigration Act 2009 ss 52, 56

  1. New Zealand scholarship students may be granted conditions on their student visa to allow them to work during the academic year for up to 20 hours per week, during any holidays within the academic year for up to 20 hours per week, and full-time during the Christmas-New Year holiday period unless they are studying under the following schemes:
    1. Short Term Training Scholarships; or
    2. English Language Training for Officials Scholarships

      Note: New Zealand scholarship students may also be eligible for full-time work rights during scheduled vacation periods. See U13.15.10

  2. With the exception of the schemes listed under (a), New Zealand scholarship students may be granted work visas at the completion of their programmes of study for qualification-related work experience for the minimum time needed to complete practical work requirements.

    Note: New Zealand scholarship senior medical and pharmacy students may be granted a work visa for their internship/registration year.

  3. New Zealand scholarship students are not permitted to:
    1. work in self-employment; or
    2. provide commercial sexual services; or
    3. act as an operator of a New Zealand business of prostitution; or
    4. invest in a business of prostitution (see E7.40).
  4. Any New Zealand scholarship student, or their partner or dependent children, may only be granted a visa for New Zealand in the two-year period following completion of the student's scholarship, with written approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (with the exception of a work visa to complete programme of study requirements or, if the applicant is outside New Zealand, a short-term visitor visa).
  5. Despite (d) above, where a New Zealand scholarship student has completed a Short Term Training Scholarships or English Language Training for Officials of less than six months in duration, the New Zealand scholarship student, their partner or dependent children may only be granted a visa for New Zealand in the one year period following completion of their scholarship or training, with the written approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (with the exception of a work visa to complete programme of study requirements or, if the applicant is outside New Zealand, a short-term visitor visa).

    Note: See WF4.5 for work instructions for partners of holders of student visas who are holding a New Zealand scholarship.

Effective 13/05/2019

PREVIOUS IMMIGRATION INSTRUCTIONS

U11.1 New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP)-supported students undertaking employment (28/08/2017)

U11.1 New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP)-supported students undertaking employment (02/12/2013)

U11.1 New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP)-supported students undertaking employment (07/11/2011)

U11.1 New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP)-supported students undertaking employment (04/04/2011)

U11.1 New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAP)-supported students undertaking employment (07/02/2011)

U11.1 New Zealand Agency for International Development- (NZAID-) supported students undertaking employment (29/11/2010)

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