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.
Updates on visas
For general news about visas or to check on your visa, visit Immigration New Zealand’s 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.
More information — Post Study Work Visa
Contact Immigration New Zealand (INZ) if you have questions or want to change the conditions on 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 (IR). 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.
How to apply for a work visa
You can either apply online or on paper for a work visa from INZ. Check INZ’s website for: