New Zealand – changes in student visa
New changes to student immigration policies are aimed at attracting a larger number of genuine international students, and also enabling the best and brightest among them to stay in New Zealand to help drive economic growth through increased productivity and innovation.
The new Immigration policy changes took effect from the 25th of July 2011. The main focus of these changes is to facilitate work and residence pathways for highly skilled graduates.
A student graduating from a course of study in New Zealand can hold a twelve-month Graduate Job Search visa, which enables them to start working in any job for any employer. If the student is able to secure a job which is in the long term skilled job offer that is relevant to their qualification, they can apply for a Graduate Work Experience visa for two years. If the student is working towards obtaining membership or registration from a New Zealand professional association which requires more than two years of relevant practical work experience, they can apply for a three-year work visa.
THE KEY CHANGES
From 25 July 2011
Immigration New Zealand will have more powers to ensure that students are only granted student visas to study at good quality education providers.
Work visas will only be available to the partners of students studying postgraduate courses and courses on the Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL) at level 7 (bachelor’s degree level) and above, rather than to the partners of any students studying courses on the Long Term Skill Shortage List.
Students who obtain a second, higher qualification bachelor’s degree or postgraduate level, will be able to obtain a second Graduate Job Search visa.
The new objective will ensure that the primary purpose of the policy is for the purpose of linking New Zealand employers with highly skilled graduates and provide a pathway to residence for those students.
New changes to be implemented from 2 April 2012:
- A postgraduate qualification of at least one academic year’s duration.
- A credit-transferred bachelors’ degree with at least one year’s study in New Zealand.
- Any level seven qualification of at least one academic year’s duration.
Reference : newzealand.govt.nz