A person who has come to New Zealand as a student on a Student Visa and completed a New Zealand qualification may, in limited circumstances, be eligible for a Post Study Work Visa, if they can qualify under the Skilled Migrant or Residence from Work categories.
A person who has obtained a New Zealand qualification and has then obtained an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand may, in certain circumstances, also be eligible for a Resident Visa.
Be careful of Unlicensed Immigration Advisers selling courses from New Zealand education institutions. These agents cannot give advice about Residence or Work Visa policy.
The Malcolm Pacific Immigration team of advisers and experts take away the stress and worry of navigating the complex world of New Zealand Student to Residence visas and immigration.
The above statements are true. But they contain the words "may" and "in certain/limited circumstances" which means they are NOT necessarily true in EVERY case. They are only true in some cases. Education institutions in New Zealand sell courses overseas through agents who know about student life and the courses they are selling, but they are not usually Licensed Immigration Advisers.
Under New Zealand law, those agents are NOT allowed to give advice about Residence or Work Visa policy. They make their money by receiving a commission on sales, and some allow their clients to believe that by coming to New Zealand as a student and then passing their course, that student will be eligible for a job and then Residence of New Zealand. But that is often NOT TRUE.
International students looking for a pathway to residence must first successfully complete their New Zealand qualification. The next step is to secure an offer of skilled employment. Finding a job offer is made easier with a work visa available to some graduates.
If you need assistance in navigating your eligibility after graduation, get in touch. The team at Malcolm Pacific Immigration will provide you with honest advice.
The difficulty for many international students wanting to secure residence is finding skilled employment. Under the Skilled Migrant Category, 'skilled employment' has a special definition, which means not any job will do.
As a new graduate, the first job is usually entry-level, and it takes time to gain experience before being promoted into 'skilled employment’. The good news is that a Post-Study Work Visa provides sufficient time to grow your career.
We are New Zealand’s largest and most experienced team of licensed immigration advisers. Our experts take away the stress and worry of navigating the complicated world of immigration. All you need to do is get in touch. Our team is on standby, ready to help.