Recently Immigration has announced some changes in policy for student visa (existing and new) and post study work visa holders which can be said nothing but welcoming. The basic underlying purpose for announcing this policy is to save students from being exploited by Employers.
As per the new policy, the new students applying for Bachelor’s degree programme (Level 7) will get a three year open work visa irrespective of their place of study (Auckland or anywhere else in NZ). All other students who will enrol for study in Graduate Diploma Level 7 or Level 4-6 will get 1-year open job search visa if they study in Auckland and 3-year open job search visa if they study out of Auckland.
For existing students, if they are studying or their applications have been accepted for processing by Immigration as on 08 August 2018, on successful completion of their qualification for at least 30 weeks in New Zealand, they will get 3-year open job search visa irrespective of their place of study.
Existing post-study work visa holders
For existing post-study work visa holders, whether it is 1-year open job search visa, or 2-year employer assisted work visa, then from 26 November 2018, their visa will be open. It will be applicant’s choice to get the name of employer removed or not.
21-day Interim Visa Policy
Another welcoming change is the 21-day period of interim visa that will be granted if visa is declined. As per the changes effective from 27 August 2018, applicants will get a 21-day interim visa to apply for another visa, but this 21-day interim visa will only be granted for first application, not second application. This 21-day interim visa will be granted only if the application is decided within 6 months and is declined. If the decision process goes beyond 6 months period, this interim visa policy won’t apply, and no interim visa will be granted.