After being almost completely shut to the outside world since the start of the Covid 19 pandemic over two years ago, New Zealand is now ready to completely reopen its borders to everyone from midnight of 31 July 2022 (technically 1 August 2022). This means that the opening date for the Student Visa category has been brought forward by 3 months, from October.
Immigration Rebalance is a plan for New Zealand’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. It aims to boost working conditions, improve career pathways for New Zealanders and encourage businesses to focus on increasing productivity & resilience.
Along with the border opening, the NZ Government has made some immigration changes that affect international students who want to study in New Zealand.
The changes that affect international students are:
Changes have been made to post-study work visa rights. They will apply to all student visa applications lodged on or after 11 May 2022 not covered by transitional agreements, including applications from people already in New Zealand.
|Qualification||Minimum time spent studying full time in NZ||Duration of PSWV under new changes|
|Level 7 non-degree or lower qualification that is linked to an occupation on the Green List||30 weeks||1 year|
|Bachelor’s Degree Level 7||30 weeks||1 year|
|60 weeks||2 years|
|90 weeks||3 years|
|PG Dip – Level 8||30 weeks||1 year|
|Master’s Degree – Level 9 (coursework and research)||30 weeks||3 years|
|PhD – Level 10||30 weeks||3 years|
It is important to note that 20 occupations on the Green List have direct pathways from Level 7 and below level qualifications. These include: Construction Project Manager; Project Builder; 12 specific engineering roles; Civil Engineering Technician; Electrical Engineering Technician; Secondary School teacher; Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher; Automotive Electrician; Diesel Motor Mechanic
International students studying at non-degree levels can work while studying. Also, they can apply for another visa after their student visa, such as the Accredited Employer Work Visa, if they are eligible.
From 31 July 2022, fund requirements f will increase:
International students make significant contributions to New Zealand education providers & its economy & add to the country’s skill-base.
Get in touch with Immigration Advisors New Zealand Ltd, which provides up-to-date immigration information so you can consider opportunities and prepare yourself for the future. To know all the required procedures, contact us at [email protected] or call on +64 09 3790219.
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