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New Zealand – Changes to post-study work rights for international students

New Zealand
Written by
Kiely Thompson Caisley, New Zealand’s leading boutique employment law firm.
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On 26 November 2018, a number of changes to New Zealand’s immigration instructions will come into effect affecting post-study work rights for international students.

The changes are set to remove employer-assisted post-study work visas at all levels.  Instead, a range of open work visas will be available allowing individuals to work for any employer, with varying durations and conditions depending on:

  • The level of qualification;
  • Whether the individual is working towards registration with a professional or trade body; and
  • Whether the individual is outside of the Auckland region.
Simon Lapthorne
Executive partner - New Zealand
Hannah King
Associate - New Zealand
Kiely Thompson Caisley