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New Zealand Career Workrights info.

Gaining work experience while studying in New Zealand can be a direct way to evolve a student’s knowledge and develop skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping, interpersonal skills. If it is about a student visa then the student may be allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during all scheduled holidays and/or during the Christmas and New Year holiday period. If the student is into Masters by research or a PhD student, he/she may work full-time during term-time and full-time during all scheduled holidays.

To understand it better, here is a brief on how you can fit ideally to the career work rights in New Zealand:

Part-time work (tertiary students)

The student will be able to work up to 20 hours a week if studying full-time for any of the following:

  • for at least 2 years
  • for a qualification that achieves points under the Skilled Migrant Category
  • for a foundation programme for at least 1 academic year at level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualification Framework at an education provider in Canterbury.

Full-time work (tertiary students)

The student may be able to work full-time:

  • all through scheduled breaks in study, if he/she attends academic course full-time for at least 1 academic year which is worth more than 120 credits.
  • at the time of holiday period like Christmas and New Year, if selected course is full-time and is worth less than 120 credits.

PhD and Masters by research students

If the student is enrolled in Masters by research or doctoral degree programme awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, there are no restrictions on the hours you can work.

Find out the New Zealand Work Rights Information for PhD and Masters students below:

Part-time work (English language students)

Working for up to 20 hours a week is suitable to any student having a valid Student Visa on the basis of certain conditions:

Courses 6 months or longer

The student can have the part-time work liberty if the following conditions apply:

  • the study is full-time
  • the programme of study is for 6 months or longer
  • the student has IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate with an overall band score of 5.0 that too not more than 2 years old.

Courses 14 weeks and longer

You can work part-time if all of the following apply:

  • study is full-time
  • study is for at least 14 consecutive weeks
  • studying English language
  • study is with a university, or a high quality education provider.

If the student works when he/she is not allowed to, it will be considered as breach of the visa conditions. If this happens the student may have to leave New Zealand.


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