The new Labour-led government has indicated changes they intend to implement in order to reach their goal of reducing immigration numbers, including reviewing the work rights for student visa holders. The Government plans to review international students rights to work following graduation, and will also look at the right of student visa holders working up to 20 hours per week. It is claimed that these measures are aimed at removing the so-called “easy path to residence”, whereby international students are obtaining lower-quality qualifications recognised under the Skilled Migrant Category and following their qualification up with relatively low-skilled work experience.
Such measures are likely to reduce international student numbers to New Zealand by up to 10,000, resulting in a potential loss of $260million to the New Zealand economy. This would be after the export education economy already saw a reduction in international students when English language requirements were made tougher in 2015 and 2017.
If you are concerned about the uncertainty of the potential changes ahead, contact us today to ask how we can help you with your visa application – we keep up to date with all policy changes and can ensure you’re making an application under the correct policy, with a good chance of success.