Working in NZ after you study
After you’ve finished studying in New Zealand, you can apply for a visa that lets you stay here to work. Some students can work in NZ because of what they’re studying in another country.
For information about visa extensions during COVID-19, visit the Immigration NZ website.
If you complete qualifications in NZ
When you graduate you can get a Post-study work visa for up to 3 years, if you meet the criteria, including having acceptable qualifications.
If you were granted a Post Study Work Visa before 26 November 2018
Your visa will be a:
- 1-year open work visa, or
- 2-year employer-assisted work visa.
After 26 November 2018 you can apply to:
- stay and work for up to 2 more years if you have a 1-year open work visa
- change the conditions of your visa — your job, location and the employer you work for — if you have an employer-assisted visa.
If you’re studying overseas
You can come to NZ to get practical experience to support your training.
You’ll need to apply for a student and trainee work visa.
You’ll need a tax number
Once you have your visa, apply for a tax number from Inland Revenue. A tax number is known as an IRD number. Give this number to your employer when you start work and use it for all your NZ tax matters.