Working in New Zealand after your study
After you've finished studying, you can apply for a post-study work visa if you want to stay in NZ.
About post-study work visas
You can apply for a post-study work visa (open) to stay and work in NZ after you've finished studying here.
- You'll get up to 12 months to find a job that's related to your studies. While you look for that job, you can work in any job in NZ.
- If you find a job that’s related to your studies, you can then apply for the post-study work visa (employer assisted). This lets you work in NZ for 2 more years, or 3 years if you need relevant work experience to get professional registration.
Who can get a post-study work visa
Post-study work visa (open)
To be eligible for a post-study work visa (open) you must:
- have successfully completed a qualification in New Zealand that meets the Study to Work qualification requirements
- apply no later than three months (or 6 months if you've completed a PhD) after the end date of your student visa
- be able to show that you've got at least NZD$4,200 available to live on during the 12 months the visa lasts — you can use traveller's cheques or bank documents in your name to do this.
Post-study work visa (employer assisted)
To apply for a post-study work visa (employer assisted), you'll need to show:
- that you've successfully completed a qualification in New Zealand that meets the Study to Work qualification requirements, and
- your job offer is relevant to your qualification.
If you're working towards membership or registration from a New Zealand professional association (eg the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants or the New Zealand Registered Architects Board), you can apply for a 3-year visa. You'll also need to show that:
- you need the membership or registration to fully perform your professional duties
- the job qualifies as practical experience to the professional association — this might be documentation from the professional association, or from your employer, showing how the employment meets the association’s requirements, and
- your New Zealand qualification meets the requirements for registration or membership of the professional association.
How to apply
The fastest way to apply for post-study work visa is to make an online application.
Getting a tax number
Once you have your visa, apply for an IRD number from Inland Revenue. You give this number to your employer when you start work and use it for all of your tax matters.