A few weeks ago we told you in this article about the changes that the New Zealand Government had in mind for those who come to the country with a student visa. This week they have published all the news, and we can not be happier!
These changes in the student visa will allow you to apply for a work permit in those cases in which you enroll in qualified studies between level 4 and 7. To understand what we will explain below, you must know that professional training in New Zealand is distributed by levels and the vast majority of courses have levels between 4 and 7. For your understanding, levels 4 and 5 correspond to a medium educational level and from 6 onwards, a higher level such as university .
With this in mind, we will explain how to get the most out of immigration changes and be able to get a work permit after your studies in New Zealand. SO EXCITIIIING !!!
Option 1: Study two certificates or diplomas between level 4 and 6:
One option to obtain a work permit in New Zealand is to study two courses between level 4 and 6. Each diploma has to last a minimum of 30 weeks (which means 60 weeks in total) and the second diploma has to be higher level than the first.
Once you’re done, if you’ve studied in Auckland you can apply for a one-year work permit. If you have studied outside Auckland, you can apply for a two-year work permit. Sounds good, right?
Example: 6 months of English course (free) + Certificate Level 4 in Sports ($ 10,500 NZD) + Diploma Level 5 in Sports, Recreation & Exercise ($ 14,500 NZD) . In this case, you could apply for 2 years of work visa after finishing your second diploma.
Option 2: Study a certificate or diploma between level 4 and level 6:
If you choose this option, the course you choose must last a minimum of 60 weeks and once you finish, if you have studied in Auckland you can apply for a one-year work permit. If you have studied outside Auckland , you can apply for a two-year work permit. BOOM.
Example: 6 months of English course (free) + diploma in Enrolled Nursing ( NZD $ 18,500 ). In this case, once you finish your studies you could apply for 2 years of work visa.
Option 3: Study a level 7 diploma or a level 7 graduate diploma.
These diplomas last between one and two years. When you finish them if you have studied in Auckland you can apply for a one year work permit . If you have studied outside Auckland, you can apply for a two-year work permit.
Example: 6 months of English course (free) + Graduate diploma in Project management (one year, $ 14500 NZD ). You could apply for 2 years of work visa.
Option 4: Study a bachelor or level 7 degree (a university degree).
These courses are longer and require a greater investment of money, about NZD $ 18,000 per year. They last between two and four years and when you finish you can apply for a three-year work permit. Everyone to study at the University of New Zealand!
As you can see, the New Zealand government is delighted to receive international students and give them the opportunity to settle in the country. Contrary to what happens in other English speaking countries, you are welcome in New Zealand!