Employing UC international students and graduates 

Our international students and graduates are a tremendous asset to Aotearoa, with global studies showing a company’s diversity of staffing has a direct correlation with its bottom line and culture. 

Employing current international students

Current student visa holders may be allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during all scheduled holidays and/or during the Christmas and New Year holiday period. For information about employing a student visa holder, refer to the INZ Information Sheet.

Employing international graduates

Our international graduates can apply for a three year open (non-market) tested post-study work visa upon completion of their degree. This allows students to work in any job, industry and region across New Zealand for up to three years. For tools and resources designed for New Zealand employers, see INZ resources

Specific conditions for each student are contained in their eVisa.

For updates to the work rights for international students during and post-study work visas, see Immigration New Zealand.