Sunday, September 5, 2010

New Zealand Immigration

                                                                                             Kiwi, national symbol of New Zealand
New Zealand has been actively encouraging skilled immigration to fill labor shortages as well as providing numerous other paths to residence.
New Zealand's Skilled Migration Category (SMC) allows people with the skills and qualifications that New Zealand values to get residence or a permit to work. Applicants are scored against a points-based system and entered into a pool of potential migrants.Skilled Migration is only one of many options for immigrating to New Zealand, including general work visa,Families reunification investment, and study .

Study visas

In recent years, more and more international students have started coming to New Zealand for their studies. The New Zealand academic world is vibrant and increasingly internationally-oriented.
In New Zealand, you can study English in a language school, study post-graduate courses in one of New Zealand's many universities, or take courses in a polytechnic, an institute of technology, or a college of education.

New Zealand offers:
  • a beautiful natural environment for study and relaxation
  • a safe learning environment
  • excellent educational programmes
  • support services for international students
  • high quality qualifications.

Who needs a student visa

You don't need a visa or permit if you're:
  • a New Zealand citizen or you hold a New Zealand residence permit
  • an Australian citizen, or Australian resident who holds a current permanent resident return visa.
If the course you want to take runs for less than three months, you can apply for a visitor's visa. You must ensure first that your course is approved by the New Zealand authorities.

The study permit

Having a New Zealand Student Visa or Permit means you can study in New Zealand for a set time at a specified institution as a full time student. In most cases you will be issued a one year, renewable permit.

The main purpose of a Student Visa or Permit is to allow international student to study full-time in New Zealand. However, in some cases your Student Permit will allow you:

  • to undertake part time study
  • a limited opportunity to work while studying - if your course of study requires you to be in New Zealand for more than one year.

Working while studying

The main purpose of a Student Visa or Permit is to allow international students to study full time in New Zealand. However, in some cases you may be granted a limited opportunity to work while studying. Your course of study must require you to be in New Zealand for more than one year. Even then, you can only undertake employment if you need to work to:

  • meet a course requirement for practical work experience.
  • support your full-time, long-term course of tertiary study. You can apply for a change to your Student Permit conditions to allow you to work up to 15 hours per week during term time
  • support yourself over the Christmas-New Year holidays. But only if you are studying full time and your course is more than 12 months long
  • to gain practical experience in New Zealand. Following the completion of your polytechnic or university course, you may be eligible for a Work Permit once you've successfully completed your course, if that course took at least three years to complete or it is a course that would qualify for points under our Skilled Migrant Category.

If you're eligible you may get a Work Permit for up to two years following the completion of your course so that you can gain practical work experience in New Zealand.

To be eligible:

  • The work experience must relate to your qualification
  • you must provide:
    • a completed work permit application form and fee
    • evidence you have completed a course with a minimum completion time of three years, or a qualification that would qualify for points under our Skilled Migrant Category
    • evidence that you have a job offer relevant to your qualification.

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