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Study in New Zealand

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New Zealand universities are ranked in the top 3% in the world

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Only country in the world to have all its universities in the global top 500

Post-study work visa up to three years and good permanent residency prospects

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Ranked as top English-speaking country at preparing students for the future (The Economist)

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Ranked #1 for international work rights by the Global Perspectives on International Student Employability

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International Student Well-Being Strategy ranked New Zealand  #1 to have a well-being strategy for international students.

Post-Study Work Visa
Staying to work after study

You can apply for this visa if you have recently finished your studies in New Zealand. 


It allows you to stay and work here for up to 3 years, depending on what you studied and for how long. 

Whom can you work for:

  • Work for any employer in any job if you have a degree level 7 or above qualification.

  • Work in a job that is related to what you studied if your qualification is non-degree level 7 or below. Your qualification must also be on the Qualifications Eligible for a Post Study Work Visa list.


Your partner can apply for a work visa and your dependent children can study fee-free as domestic students.

Studying for qualifications in an occupation that has skill shortages may increase your chances of getting a job. 

Occupations in demand - The Green List

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Residence Pathway - SMC

It's a great time to study in New Zealand. From 09 October 2023, there are changes being implemented in the Skilled Migrant Category, that would provide a residence pathway for overseas students coming to New Zealand to study.

From 09 October 2023, you will need 6 points to apply for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.

You can claim the following points for your highest qualification:

  1. Level 10 Doctoral Degree - 6 points

  2. Level 9 Master's Degree - 5 points

  3. Level 8 Bachelor's Degree - 4 points

  4. Level 8 Post-Grad Diploma - 4 points

  5. Level 8 Post-Grad Certificate - 3 points

  6. Level 7 Bachelor's Degree - 3 points

Points for Skilled Experience in New Zealand

You can claim 1 point for each year of skilled work experience you have in New Zealand, up to a maximum of 3 points.

You would still need to meet the age, health, character, & English requirements.

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Work Visas for Partners of Students - The partners of students who are studying eligible level 7 or 8 qualifications or any level 9 or 10 qualifications are eligible to work in New Zealand for the duration of their partner's student visa

Not sure what to study or how to start the process? Contact us and we can take care of the whole process, including identifying a suitable course, securing the offer of place, and your visa requirements.

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