Study in New Zealand – Are you eligible for 3 years post study work permit?

Last Updated on August 22, 2018 by West Highlander

Immigration NZ has recently changed the post study work visa policy. The new policy which was announced on 8th Aug 2018 has greatly benefited the students who plan to pursue a Post Grad Qualification in NZ apart from benefiting the students with 2 years of post-study work visa if they pursue a qualification outside Auckland.

Options for Students with a Bachelor’s/ Masters degree

Depending on the individual profiles, students may opt for following

Level 9 courses

If you are Graduate and opt for a Masters course level 9 you are eligible for a 3 years open work visa post successful completion of your studies. The duration of these courses is minimum of 18 months. Apart from being eligible for 3 years post study work visas your spouse is eligible for a work visa as a dependent of a student visa holder

Level 8 Courses

Opting for a post graduate diploma level 8 of duration of 1 year would make you eligible for post study work rights of 3 years.

If you are a graduate and looking for a course of duration of 1 year giving you 3 years Post Study Work Rights you may opt for post graduate level 8 courses

Level 7 Courses

A graduate Diploma level 7 qualification of duration of 1 year  makes you eligible for 2 years post study work visa if you studying outside Auckland. If you are studying in Auckland you get 1 year post study work visa. Again if you are working towards registration with a professional trade or body you get 1 additional year i.e. 2 years of post study work visa in Auckland. 2 years option of post study work visa would be available if you complete your studies by 31 December 2021. Post 31 December 2021 Level 7 courses would be eligible for 2 years visa only if you are working towards registration with a professional trade or body.

Options for students with 10+2

Bachelors level 7 courses (3 years duration)

If your qualification is 10+2 and you opt for a Bachelors degree level 7 of duration of 3 years you are eligible for a 3 years’ post study work visa.

Diploma courses level 4 to 6

10+2 students may opt for diploma courses of level 4 to 6 (duration of 2 years) and be eligible for 2 years post study work visa if studying outside Auckland and 1 year if you study in Auckland. Post 31 December 2021 you would be eligible for 1 year of post study work visa.

 Work visa for spouse

If you are married and would like to support work visa application for your spouse your course must be a

  • Level 7 or 8 qualification and the qualification is specified on the Long Term Skill Shortage List,
  • a Level 9 or 10 qualification

 
For all other qualifications the students won’t be able to support work visa application for your spouse post 26 November 2018.