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Working while you study in New Zealand

  • If you are a student pursuing a course in New Zealand, then you may be eligible to work while you study
  • If you are living in New Zealand on a student visa, then you can work part-time,when the course is in session,for up to 20 hours each week
  • You can work full-time during your vacation time

Requirements to Work While you Study in New Zealand

  • You will need to check you visa to determine if your visa makes you eligible to work.
  • Your eligibility to work could be in your visa stamp on your passport or could be mentioned in a letter
  • If you do not have proper eligibility to work, then you cannot work in New Zealand
  • If you are a student enrolled at a university in New Zealand, and have arrived on a student visa, then you will be eligible to work for up to 20 hours a week if
    • a.The duration of the course is of a minimum of two years towards a degree
    • b.Or, one academic year if you are studying in New Zealand as an exchange student
    • c.Or, the work is towards gaining a skill which will help you earn points under the skilled migration category
  • You can be eligible to work full time in New zealand if,
    • a.You are on a scheduled break or vacation,
    • b.You are a full-time student, for a minimum of one academic year
    • c.You are pursuing a course that provides you with at least 120 credits
    • d.The academic course, is expected to last for at least two semesters
    • e.You are enrolled in a post graduate or doctoral course at a university in New Zealand
    • f.There is no specific clause on your visa that restricts you from working.
  • You should have passed an English language tests such as IELTS and the test results should be at least 2 years old
  • If you are already pursuing a course in New Zealand, with English as the medium of instruction, then you are eligible to work
  • The university where you are pursuing your course, is classified as category 1 provider by New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • If you are below the age of 18 then, you should have written permission from your parents or guardians to work
  • You cannot be self employed if you plan to work in New Zealand on a student visa

Post Study Work in New Zealand

  • You can apply for this study visa once, If you have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher in New Zealand
  • The qualification earned by you should be Level 4 or higher as per the New Zealand Qualifications Framework
  • If your qualification is at level 4 to level 6, then your course duration, should be of 60 weeks or more
  • If your qualification is at Level 7 or higher, then you can work if your course duration is 30 weeks or more
  • You should have completed your course in the English language

If you want to know more about opportunities and process to work while you study in New Zealand, you can reach out to our expert overseas education advisors at Global Tree

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Yes, in most cases you will be eligible to work while you study in New Zealand. We advise that you get in touch with our expert education advisors at Global Tree to get guidance that is appropriate for you

Yes, in most cases you will be eligible to work while you study in New Zealand. We advise that you get in touch with our expert education advisors at Global Tree to get guidance that is appropriate for you

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