Changes to International Post Study Work Visas

Exciting news for international students! Immigration NZ is implementing changes that make it easier for international students to look for work and gain NZ experience once you have successfully completed your study.

As from 26 November 2018, Immigration NZ will combine the 1 year Post-Study (Open) and 2 year Post-Study (Employer-Assisted) Work visas into one visa and remove the requirement that you need a job offer in a relevant role to your studies.

*Please note, this is just a summary. Your situation may or may not apply so check the official fact sheet and speak to either Immigration NZ or our International Student Support team.

What does that mean for you?

The new Post-Study Work visa has removed many barriers to gaining work experience in New Zealand!
You now have much more flexibility around gaining NZ experience and relevant work experience in your field. This includes applying for roles such as fixed term contracts, graduate programmes and part-time roles because the new work visa will cover all these options.

Make sure you are ready to take advantage of these changes – don’t leave it to the last minute to look for a job. It is really important to start developing networks early to find a job. The earlier you start, the more chance you have to secure a permanent role and not miss out on your ideal job.

Are you eligible for the new Post Study Work Visa?

You still need to check whether this applies to you or not. Look at Explore NZ visa options at Immigration NZ for indepth information and to see what applies to you.

Immigration NZ Presentation

Hear directly from Immigration NZ about these changes. On Friday 28 September Immigration NZ are presenting at AUT from 12-2pm. There will be time after the presentation to talk one on one with students. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more from Immigration NZ. Book on Elab Online.

AUT International Student Support team

Lastly, don’t forget the best AUT service to contact for advice regarding your eligibility is our International Student Support team. They are located in the Student Hub of each campus.

Written by Employability and Careers specialist, Rebecca Du


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