Why study in New Zealand?

World-Class Education: All 8 of New Zealand’s universities are in the top 3% in the world and they lead the way through academic excellence and personalized experiences.

Globally recognized and respected qualifications: Make your CV valuable across the world.

The second most peaceful country as per the Global Peace Index, 2018.

Unbeatable Lifestyle: Improve your work/life balance and enjoy the stunning nature of New Zealand.

​A new way of learning: Questions and critical thinking are encouraged. Hands-on and practical style of teaching. Gain life skills. Emphasis on personal growth and development

Great time to become a Ph.D. holder: Ph.D. students pay the same fees as New Zealanders. You can also work full time while completing your studies.

Work while you study: You may be able to support your studies with paid work. A part-time job gives you valuable experience in the New Zealand workplace.

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How can we assist you?

Trusthaven Immigration has partnered with all the top-tier universities and institutes across New Zealand. We can help students with:

1. Guidance for choosing what to study: Our team of LIAs can assess your qualifications and experience to advise a suitable course that would improve your chances of finding employment in New Zealand.  

2. Institute/University’s admission process: We will look after the entire admission process including getting the offer letter from the Institute.

3. Visa process: We can take care of the entire Visa process for you as well so that all you do is focus on your studies and on starting a new life in New Zealand.

4. If you are completing your studies, we can assist you with applying for the Post-study Work Visa.

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Current Student Visa Holders

If you are currently outside New Zealand, you can apply for a new student visa from 23.59 New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) on 31 July 2022.  

If you have a current student visa


You can travel to New Zealand as an international student if you:

  • still hold a valid student visa with a valid offer of place to study,

  • have conditions on your visa allowing you to travel to New Zealand, and

  • you continue to meet the conditions of your student visa.

College Students

After studies are over

Students are eligible for post-study work rights if they are studying a bachelor’s degree, bachelor honours degree, postgraduate diploma, master’s or doctoral degree that they have studied full time in New Zealand for a minimum of 30 weeks.


For, students undertaking a qualification at Level 7 and below (excluding bachelor’s degrees), they will only be eligible for post-study work rights if the qualification is relevant to an occupation on the Green List. This includes Graduate Diplomas and Diplomas at level 7.


There are 20 roles on the Green List that have direct pathways from Level 7 and below level qualifications. These include:

  • Construction Project Manager;

  • Project Builder;

  • 12 specific engineering roles;

  • Civil Engineering Technician;

  • Electrical Engineering Technician;

  • Secondary School teacher;

  • Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher;

  • Automotive Electrician;

  • Diesel Motor Mechanic.


For most international students eligible for a Post-Study Work Visa, the duration of that work visa will mirror the time they study in New Zealand, up to a maximum of three years. This will not apply to Master’s and Ph.D. students, who will continue to receive three years’ post-study work rights, as long as they have spent 30 weeks in New Zealand undertaking full-time study. 


Students who have already commenced studying an eligible qualification under current settings, and who have applied for a visa or hold a visa for that specific study, will be considered under the ‘old’ post-study rules. This includes students who enter New Zealand under the latest border exception for 5,000 students, as long as they meet the educational requirements under the current settings. Students who have started a qualification offshore and who apply for a visa from 11 May will be considered under the new rules.


International students who pursue tertiary education in New Zealand may also be able to work 20 hours per week and work full-time during the Christmas-New Year vacation (summer vacation) period.

Supporting your family to come with you to NZ

If you are a nominated tertiary student, you may be able to support your partner and dependent children to apply for a relationship-based visa, in line with current visa requirements.

Visas your family can apply for


If you hold a student visa, you can support a visitor visa for your partner and children. You may also be able to support a work visa for your partner, or student visas for your dependent children.

Visitor visa

With a visitor visa your partner and child can:

  • visit you while you are studying in New Zealand, and

  • stay for the same length of time as your student visa.

Work visa

With a work visa your partner can:

  • work in any occupation and for any employer in New Zealand

  • stay for the same length of time as your student visa

Student visa

If your dependent children get student visas, they can study at any primary or secondary school in New Zealand as domestic students.

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