However, there are some exceptional cases where international students are allowed to work more than 20 hours a week. Moreover, you can work full-time during the vacations. Students who have completed one academic year with more than 120 credit points can also choose full-time jobs to earn their living expenses.
Employment opportunities for foreign students
Even if you are an international student, the government of New Zealand allows you to choose a part-time and full-time job while studying in New Zealand. It will help you cover your living expenses while studying and learn new skills and techniques to improve your professional skills.
The student visas generally allow you to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the session time. However, international students have specific rules to continue their jobs while studying. The rules include
As per the government’s rules, international students will get the right to work while studying. The rights include
- You will get a written employment letter from your employer.
- You will get the minimum wage as per your skills.
- The employer will provide you with paid annual leavings.
- Employees will get paid rest breaks and unpaid meal breaks from the employers.
- A safe workplace with no discrimination towards workers.
- You will get an additional amount from your employer for working on holidays.
Even after completing your education in New Zealand, you will get permission to live and work here. The two types of visas provided to students include the general Post Study Work Visa and Post Study Work Visa approved by the employer.
In the case of the first kind of visa, you can live up to one year to develop your skill and working ability after graduation. On the other hand, a visa approved by your employer will permit you to live up to three years to work according to your specific skills in your job. You can also apply for a Skill Migrant visa to permanently live in New Zealand for work.