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Student to Residence Information.

Here we share some general information about Student to Residence policy. This does not replace or constitute immigration advice from a licensed immigration adviser.

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Student To Residence Policy.

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.

Be careful of Unlicensed Immigration Advisers selling courses from New Zealand education institutions. These agents cannot give advice about Residence or Work Visa policy.

  • Before you come to New Zealand. If the main reason you are coming to New Zealand is so you can apply for Residence after you graduate, then get advice from a Licensed Immigration Adviser before you enroll in your course. Agents selling courses are NOT usually Licensed Immigration Advisers.

  • If you are already in New Zealand. Students in New Zealand who are confused about the rules can become victims of false job offers or be charged large sums of money for job offers that do not meet the rules. Gossip among students can lead to bad advice. Come to Malcolm Pacific Immigration to find out the truth and get good advice. When possible we will offer to talk with your parents at home, in their own language, so they will understand your problem and not blame you.

  • Share this knowledge. If you know someone who will benefit from this knowledge, please share it with them. Many overseas students are misled into tragic problems. Your youth and student years should be a time of fun and success, not a time of fear and failure.

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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.

What To Be Aware Of.

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.

The Route To Residence.

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.

Not any job offer will do. It needs to be skilled employment. The residence pathway for international students is the Skilled Migrant Category and Residence from Work Category.

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.

General Comments.

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.

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The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21

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