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WD2 Post-study work visa – open (to 25/11/2018)
  1. People may be granted a work visa for a maximum of 12 months who:
    1. meet the qualification requirements as set out at WD1.10; and
    2. apply no later than 3 months after the end date of their student visa for that programme of study or qualification or, if the qualification was a Doctoral Degree, no later than 6 months after the end date of their student visa; and
    3. have met requirements set out in U11.1(d) if their studies have been supported under the New Zealand Aid Programme.

      Note: A person must have successfully completed the qualification stated as a condition on their student visa in order to meet the requirements of WD2(a)ii.

  2. To be eligible for a work visa, applicants must not previously have been granted a visa under these instructions unless they have undertaken and completed a second higher qualification that is either a New Zealand bachelor degree or post-graduate qualification and have studied that qualification in New Zealand for at least 30 weeks.
  3. Despite (b) an applicant may be eligible for a subsequent work visa if they have undertaken and completed a second higher qualification that is a New Zealand level seven qualification and they:
    1. have studied that qualification in New Zealand for at least one academic year; and
    2. had commenced a programme of study towards that New Zealand qualification on or before 26 November 2012.
  4. Evidence of an offer of employment is not required.
  5. Applicants must provide:
    1. a completed work visa application form, fee and immigration levy; and
    2. evidence that they have completed a qualification in New Zealand that meets the requirements as set out at WD1.10; and
    3. evidence that they have a minimum of $4,200 in funds available to maintain themselves during their 12 month stay in New Zealand (travellers' cheques or bank documents in the applicant's name are acceptable); and
    4. evidence that the work visa application is being made no later than 3 months after the end date of their student visa for that programme of study or qualification.
  6. Any work visas granted under these instructions may be subject to conditions that allow work for any employer.

Effective 28/08/2017

PREVIOUS IMMIGRATION INSTRUCTIONS

WD2 Post-study work visa – open (07/12/2015)

WD2 Post-study work visa – open (06/07/2015)

WD2 Post-study work visa – open (02/12/2013)

WD2 Graduate job search work visa (26/11/2012)

WD2 Graduate job search work visa (02/04/2012)

WD2 Graduate job search work visa (07/11/2011)

WD2 Graduate job search work visa (25/07/2011)

WD2 Graduate job search work visa (07/02/2011)

WD2 Graduate job search work visa (29/11/2010)

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