Am I eligible to work in New Zealand while studying?
Students may be able to work part-time, up to 20 hours per week, and full-time (40 hrs) during scheduled holidays on a student visa.
There are a number of requirements that students must meet to be able to work while studying – Immigration New Zealand has full details here.
You need an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number before you are able to work. Visit the IRD website for forms www.ird.govt.nz for more information.
Remember that you must not undertake employment in New Zealand until you have permission from the New Zealand Immigration Service.
For minimum wage or workers rights information, click here.
STUDENT VISAS / IMMIGRATION
All International students must have a valid visa while in New Zealand, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid student visa at all times.
Immigration NZ (INZ) website https://www.immigration.govt.nz/secure/default.htm
We strongly advise you do not make any travel arrangements before your visa has been issued.
All international students who wish to study in New Zealand are required to be of good character. Sometimes INZ requires you to submit a police certificate from your home country when applying for a visa for the first time. Police certificates are normally valid for three (3) years after they are presented to INZ.
There is a "Specific Country Procedures" about how to obtain a police certificate from your home country. Please click here. Additionally, check out the Immigration New Zealand website for more details.
Medical certificates are normally valid for three (3) years. INZ will contact you if further tests are required.
MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE
International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in NZ. Refer to: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz Link insurance for international students.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY VISA HAS EXPIRED?
If you are still enrolled, you will have to apply for your student visa through your nearest INZ Branch. NSAC will issue you a statement of enrollment letter to prove that you are an enrolled student.
WHEN SHOULD I APPLY FOR A VARIATION OF CONDITION?
Your visa sticker should at all times meet the conditions stated therein such as your programme of study, organisation and location, otherwise the INZ has the right to cancel your student visa
If you intend to enrol in a different study programme, organisation, university or campus location, you need to apply for a variation of condition at your nearest INZ Branch or apply for a whole new visa. If your visa does not allow you to work, you may also apply for the variation of condition which will permit you to work up to twenty hours per week and full-time during the summer break.