On 26 November 2018, a number of changes to New Zealand’s immigration instructions will come into effect affecting post-study work rights for international students.  

The changes are set to remove employer-assisted post-study work visas at all levels.  Instead, a range of open work visas will be available allowing individuals to work for any employer, with varying durations and conditions depending on: 

The level of qualification; 

Whether the individual is working towards registration with a professional or trade body; and 

Whether the individual is outside of the Auckland region. 

Simon Lapthorne, executive partner, Kiely Thompson Caisley 

Hannah King, senior solicitor, Kiely Thompson Caisley