Work rights extended to international students in NZ

THE New Zealand government has announced that more international students will be allowed to work while they study in New Zealand.

Its Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced that all international students enrolled in an English language course of at least 14 weeks duration at a high-quality provider will be eligible to work up to 20 hours a week.

“All tertiary-level international students enrolled in a course of at least one academic year will now be able to work full-time during each scheduled semester break.

“International PhD and Masters by research students will have unlimited work rights,” they said.

Education New Zealand’s regional director Izak Human said the announcements made last week will allow more students to gain valuable work experience while they study in New Zealand.

As well as helping with living costs, working part-time while studying means students can practice their English in the workplace and gain work experience that will give them an edge over other graduates when they finish studying.

Immigration New Zealand’s general manager service support Rob Stevens says the New Zealand government has created a website, for international students and their New Zealand employers so everyone understands their respective rights and responsibilities.

“While the global financial crisis hasn’t hit New Zealand as hard as other countries, it will still take time to find the right job and students must have enough money to cover their living costs while studying,” he says.

The New Zealand Government also announced that Immigration New Zealand will no longer grant visas to students seeking to enrol at the lowest quality providers.

“We want students studying in New Zealand to experience the highest quality education we have to offer,” says Izak.

The changes will come into effect from January 2014. Visit to find out more about studying in New Zealand.

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