Post-study visa options in New Zealand
When you have completed your studies, you may find that you don’t want to leave New Zealand, and instead wish to remain there to live – it’s a beautiful place to live after all. This requires finding employment however when applying for a new visa as a graduate. Take a look below at the options available to you:
You can apply for a Graduate Job Search Work Visa. This will cover you for a maximum of twelve months only, which will give you more than enough time (hopefully) to find employment. You will need to apply for this no more less than three months before the end of your student visa (or six months for those with Doctoral degrees). You must also have a certain amount of money to support yourself (NZ$4,200) in this period.
You can apply for a Graduate Work Experience Visa which lasts between two-three years (three years if you are working towards becoming a member of a professional association). You will have to submit the relevant form, Work Visa Application (INZ 1015) alongside your travel document (i.e. your passport) and pay a fee. This offer of employment must be relevant to the qualification that you have achieved in New Zealand, and must follow one of the following requirements:
If you are working to become a member of a professional association, like that of Chartered Accountants, you must provide evidence that:
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Visit the NZ Immigration website.
If you are in the Christchurch area, you can apply for visa extensions under new regulations.
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