JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW ZEALAND
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JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN NEW ZEALAND

International students in New Zealand can undertake employment during study. However, they can apply for authority to work under the following circumstances:

  • To fulfill course requirements
  • Up to 15 hours per week for tertiary students undertaking a long term course of study
  • During Christmas and New Year holiday period
  • On completion of course of study
  • As a post graduate student

Also, no person who holds a temporary work permit or limited purpose permit may provide commercial sexual services or operate or invest in a business that does.

Which students are eligible?

  • Students who have successfully completed a qualification in New Zealand that would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category.

These students may apply for a graduate job search work visa or permit for up to 12 months. They must apply no later than three months after the end date of their student permit for that qualification.

  • Students with a job offer relevant to their qualification and who successfully completed a course in New Zealand that:

took at least three years to complete, or would qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category.
These students may be granted a work visa or permit for up to two years to get practical experience suitable to their qualification. Students who are working towards obtaining membership or registration from a New Zealand professional association may be eligible for a work visa or permit for up to three years where they meet the Study to Work policy requirements. They must apply no later than three months after the end date of their student permit for the relevant course or qualification, or hold a graduate job search work permit.
Job vacancies will be advertised in the newspaper and international and local applicants can apply.

Training on the job can be a good alternative to tertiary study. You can earn money and pick up skills. In many cases you can also work toward a national certificate, or gain credits as part of the NZ Qualifications Framework.
There are two main ways to do on-the-job training:

    • Modern Apprenticeships
    • Workplace Training

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