Yes, as an international student in New Zealand, you can apply for a work permit or a post-study work visa after completing your studies. The specific work permit you can apply for will depend on various factors, including the duration and level of your studies, the type of qualification you have obtained, and the job opportunities available to you.
Here are the main options available for post-study work permits in New Zealand:
- Post-Study Work Visa (Open): This visa allows you to work in any job for up to 12 months after completing your studies in New Zealand. It is available for students who have completed a qualification at Level 7 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).
- Post-Study Work Visa (Employer Assisted): This visa allows you to work in a specific job for up to two years after completing your studies in New Zealand. It is available for students who have completed a qualification at Level 4-6 on the NZQF and have a job offer that is relevant to their qualification.
- Skilled Migrant Category: If you have obtained a qualification and job offer that meet the requirements of the Skilled Migrant Category, you may be eligible to apply for a resident visa, which allows you to live and work in New Zealand permanently.
It’s important to note that the immigration policies and requirements may change over time, so it’s advisable to check the official website of Immigration New Zealand or consult with the New Zealand embassy or consulate in your country for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding post-study work permits and visas.