After you graduate

Once you’ve finished your study, you may be eligible to stay on and work in New Zealand.

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New Zealand’s immigration policies include a post-study work pathway for international students who have completed a New Zealand qualification. This lets you find a job and get work experience in a field directly related to your studies, and may make it easier to apply for residence.

There are two types of work visa specifically for students who have completed their tertiary study in New Zealand:

  • The Post-study work visa (open). This gives you up to 12 months to find a job that is relevant to your studies
  • The Post-study work visa (employer assisted). This option lets you work in a specific job, which must be relevant to your studies, for two more years. Check out who is eligible for a Post-study work visa.

Staying to work after study | Immigration New Zealand

Stay to work

If you want to stay in New Zealand for longer you’ll need to find a job that is relevant to the qualification you achieved here.

If you decide you’re going to look for work here Seek, TradeMe and New Kiwis are popular job search sites. You should also check out the Careers New Zealand website which has a list of online recruitment sites.

You’ll find links to those sites and more information in our Finding Work pages.

Our Newcomer guide and Worktalk website help you to understand how things work in a Kiwi workplace.

Finding work in New Zealand

Guide to Kiwi workplaces

Worktalk tool: NZ workplace communication

Work Connect

Work Connect is a free programme to help you get work-ready for New Zealand’s job market.  Work Connect offers a combination of group workshops and one-to one coaching to help you job hunt, secure interviews and make a good impression with New Zealand employers.

The Work Connect programme is available in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. The programme is open to graduate international students, skilled migrants and their partners. Some eligibility criteria apply.

Work Connect | Careers New Zealand

Regional Newcomer Skills Matching and Job Search Assistance Programmes

Regional Newcomer Skills Matching and Job Search Assistance programmes build links between job-seeking migrants, such as partners and spouses of skilled migrants, and employers that need their skills.

Visit Our Regions and Cities to find the Regional Newcomers Skills Matching and Job Search programme provider in your region.

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Page last updated: 11/12/2017

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