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New Zealand: Open Work Visas for Eligible Foreign National Students  

Last Updated on February 26, 2023

Key Points  

  • New Zealand launched a 12-month open work visa for foreign national students who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic  


The government of New Zealand introduced open work visas for foreign nationals students who held Post Study Work Visas (PSWV) and were impacted by COVID-19 due to the country’s border restrictions that came into force in March 2020.  

Eligible individuals will be able to enter New Zealand between 30 March 2023 and 29 September 2023. They will have the opportunity to pursue work for 12 months from the date of their entry through a 12-month open work visa.  

For additional information on eligibility, check here.  

What are the Changes?  

New Zealand's government has launched a 12-month open work visa to support foreign nationals impacted by COVID-19 who held Post Study Work Visas. The visa is available to eligible individuals between 30 March 2023 and 29 September 2023, and it allows them to work in the country for 12 months from the date of their entry. 

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of New Zealand’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.

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