The New Zealand government has made an announcement regarding eligible international students. They now get a chance to avail a post-study work visa for three years. Additionally, it was the result of a public consultation which received 2,000 submissions.
Changes took effect on 26th November
There is a removal of the condition for having a job offer related to their qualifications in the 24-month employer-assisted post-study work visa. The changes took effect on 26th November 2018. Moreover, the fresh set of rules say that all such work visas now come with open and free work rights. This measure offers global students a lot of extra time for working, earning and settling in New Zealand.
The government gives importance to the point that overseas students can acquire some in-demand skills. This will help in the economic growth of the country.
Increasing the settlement in regional areas
The new rules are expected to increase the settlement in regional areas also, and help in reducing the exploitation risk of migrants.
The duration of the work visa will be based, on the level of course they studied, as well as on the location of study. There will be extra incentives, to the global students who intend to work in regional areas.
International students, who get the post-study work visa, prior to 26th Nov 2018, will presently have open work visa for one year or an employer-assisted work visa for two years.
After that date they can apply to stay and work for two more years when they have one year open-work visa. Through this initiative the country aims to attract global students and also compete with Australia.
Australia has increased the eligibility requirements for employer-sponsored visas, while New Zealand has totally removed them. Some of the international students interested in pursuing a bachelors or higher level course may choose New Zealand over Australia. These changes will attract international students to study in New Zealand in a big way.The institutions now have to provide better options and the Government has to support this initiative.