Key Information for International Students
Working and Living in New Zealand
Currently there is strong demand in New Zealand for skilled labour. International students are a valuable source of skilled migrants - approximately one quarter of international tertiary students go on to become New Zealand residents.
Students may be permitted to work part-time while they are studying and also post-study. Students may need to apply, and pay a fee to, Immigration New Zealand for a ‘Variation of Conditions’ to their Student Visa/Permit to be eligible to work in New Zealand. Full-time students on diploma courses can apply for a change in their permit conditions that allows them to work part-time. Students studying English Language (on courses lasting at least 6 months) can also apply, but must have an IELTS score of at least 5.0.
Students with valid work permits can use Student Job Search services (an enrolment fee applies). Student Job Search helps students find summer vacation and temporary or part-time work. See www.sjs.co.nz for further information.
On completion of your Diploma studies, you are able to apply for a Graduate Job Search Visa which will allow you to stay in New Zealand for a period of up to 12 months to find suitable employment. You may also apply for a Work Visa. Completion of a Diploma may also entitle you to immigration points should wish to consider migration to New Zealand.
Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz
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