Employment Opportunities in New Zealand

You can work part-time while you are studying, enabling you to cover your living expenses

  • Student visas of minimum one year allow students to work 20 hours per week during term time and full time during scheduled holidays
  • If you are a Masters by research or PhD student, you may work full time during your study period
  • The mandated minimum wage rate per hour is paid by all employers for the number of hours the student works
  • You are able to cover your living costs inclusive of accommodation cost, food, clothing, travel expenses and other miscellaneous expenses from your earnings.
  • Some of the jobs maybe directly industry related (for example as technicians or in call centres). Whatever the job it maybe, it will provide you an invaluable opportunity to integrate to the Kiwi culture, and there will be a place for all of them on your CV

Post-Study Work Visa

  • A three-year post-study open work visa is granted for degree Level 7 or above qualifications
  • A two-year post-study open work visa is granted for students studying Level 4 – 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications outside Auckland, provided study is completed by December 2021.
  • A one-year post-study open work visa is granted for students studying Level 4 – 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications, inside Auckland, with an additional year for Graduate Diploma graduates who are working towards registration with a professional or trade body.
  • The work visa can be extended provided you are able to secure an Essential Skills Work Visa or you may be able to apply for Residence, provided you meet the relevant criterion.
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