In a move to support international students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Zealand government has granted a 12-month open work visa to those who were unable to utilize their Post Study Work Visa (PWSV) due to the border restrictions imposed in March 2020. This special direction is aimed at providing assistance to those offshore students who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic and the restrictions put in place by the government.
The 12-month open work visa will allow eligible individuals to enter New Zealand between March 30 and September 29, 2023. After entering the country, they will have the opportunity to pursue work opportunities for 12 months. This move will enable those students who were not able to use their PWSV to gain practical work experience and make a valuable contribution to the country’s workforce.
International students are an essential part of New Zealand’s economy and society. The pandemic has had a significant impact on these students, and many have faced challenges such as loss of income, accommodation, and the ability to continue their studies. The new open work visa will provide a crucial lifeline to these students, giving them the opportunity to stay in New Zealand, earn an income, and gain valuable work experience.
The special direction will provide relief to international students and further solidify New Zealand’s position as an attractive destination for international students. It is a significant step towards supporting offshore students who have been unable to use their PWSV and contribute to the country’s economy. The government recognizes the importance of international students, and this move reflects its commitment to supporting these students during these challenging times.