Proposed Work Visa Boost for International University Students
International university students and New Zealanders alike would benefit from the Government’s proposed overhaul of post-study work visas, says Victoria University of Wellington.
Under proposals released at the weekend, international students who are degree-level or higher at Victoria University of Wellington and other New Zealand universities would qualify for a three-year post-study work visa rather than just a one- or two-year visa, which is the case at the moment.
As well as allowing degree-level or higher international students three years to work after completing their studies, the visas would no longer require students to tie themselves to a specific employer. Currently, only students applying for one-year visas are not required to be ’employer-assisted’.
“The proposed changes to work visa arrangements are great news for international university students,” says Julia Innocente-Jones, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (International) at Victoria University of Wellington.