2017年新西兰工党已经传出要对 低技能工人或正在学习‘低价值’课程的留学生动刀，并预测低端大专院校要倒一批！2018年6月新西兰移民部推出留学生工签改革征询意见稿，并在2018年8月8日正式宣布消息。并决定新措施于 2018年11月26日正式实施，已经持有毕业生工签的申请人也将收到影响。
- 所有level级别课程不再提供需要雇主支持的留学毕业生工签：取消之前的毕业生雇主支持工签 employer-assisted post-study work visas
- 低技能课程只能获得1年开放工签：Level 4-6 和 non-degree Level 7 课程(Graduate Diploma)毕业的学生将获得为期1年的open工签，对 Graduate Diploma 且专业需要职业注册才可以从业的毕业生还可以额外申请一年的open工签；
- 偏远地区支持：2021年12月前完成学业于奥克兰地区之外的Level 4-6 和 non-degree Level 7 课程的学生提供为期2年的open工签；2022年后毕业的不再享受特殊待遇
- 吸引高学历留学生：Level 7 学士学位及以上学位课程的学生可以获得3年开放工签；
- 高学历紧缺职业特殊待遇：level 8 学历且专业需属于长期紧缺职业的有资格担保其配偶申请open工签，以及其未成年子女免费读书；
证书课程（Certificate）包含 1-7 级，文凭课程（Diploma）在 4-6 级，学位课程（Degree）在 7-10 级。
具体到 NZQF 里的学历级别与证书（Certificate），文凭（Diploma），学位（Degree）的对应关系见下表。
|NZQF 级别||证书 Certificate－飞出国||文凭 Diploma－飞出国||学位 Degree－飞出国|
|10||博士 Doctoral Degree|
|9||硕士 Master’s Degree|
|8||证书 Postgraduate Certificate||文凭 Postgraduate Diploma||荣誉学士 Bachelor Honours Degree|
|7||证书 Graduate Certificate||文凭 Graduate Diploma||学士 Bachelor’s Degree|
|6||证书 Certificate||文凭 Diploma|
|5||证书 Certificate||文凭 Diploma|
|学历等级(NZQF Level)||学历类别(Qualifications Type)－飞出国|
|1~3||中学证书 L1~L3 (Certificates)|
|4~5||职业资格证书，类似国内的高级证、技师证、高级技师证, 通常被评为（L4 ~ L5)|
|6||文凭, 类似国内的大专, 通常被评为 L6（Diploma)|
|7||学士学位 L7 (Bachelor’s Degree, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate)|
|8||学士后的研究生文凭,或研究生证书, 荣誉学士学位 L8 (Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, Bachelor Honours Degree)|
|9||硕士学位 L9 (Master’s Degree )|
|10||博士学位 L10 (Doctoral Degrees)|
Changes to post-study work rights for international students
Wednesday, 8 August 2018
The New Zealand Government is making changes to post-study work rights for international students. These changes will come into effect in late November 2018.
These changes ensure post-study pathways benefit international students and employers by contributing skills and qualifications that New Zealand needs. It is important to understand how this impacts you.
Following a public consultation, Government has come up with changes to immigration settings that impact post-study work rights for international students.
The changes are:
- to remove the employer-assisted post-study work visas at all levels;
- to provide a one-year post-study open work visa for students studying Level 4 - 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications, with an additional year for Graduate Diploma graduates who are working towards registration with a professional or trade body;
- to provide a two-year post-study open work visa for students studying Level 4 - 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications outside Auckland, provided study is completed by December 2021, at which point the entitlement for post-study work rights reverts to a one-year post-study open work visa for students studying Level 4 - 6 and non-degree Level 7 qualifications with an additional year for Graduate Diploma graduates who are working towards registration with a professional or trade body;
- to provide a three-year post-study open work visa for degree Level 7 or above qualifications; and
- to require international students studying Level 8 qualifications to be in an area specified on the Long Term Skills Shortage list, in order for their partner to be eligible for an open work visa, and in turn the partners’ dependent children to be eligible for fee-free domestic schooling.
These changes come into effect on 26 November 2018.
They are intended to support the attraction of international students studying at higher levels and preserve a pathway to residence for those with the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs, specifically through the link between more generous post-study work rights to higher level qualifications.
There has been significant growth in the international education sector over the last few years, especially in below degree level qualifications. As a result, there has been a decline in the skill level of people moving through the immigration system and granted permanent residency.
We want to ensure that post-study pathways for international students are fit-for-purpose and contribute the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs.
The Government wants to support the transition to these new immigration settings. These changes include a three year, time-limited incentive for international students to study outside Auckland. This is to ensure the benefits of international education are shared throughout all the regions of New Zealand, supporting the Government’s aims to lift regional investment, growth and productivity.
There is a three year sunset clause, to enable those parts of the sector that are most affected by the changes (Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and Private Training Establishments (PTEs)) to be able to successfully transition, over time, to new immigration settings. It also supports the current ITP Roadmap 2020 work underway by the Tertiary Education Commission on the long-term viability of ITPs, while ensuring that Government goals for regional growth are not undermined.
These changes will be grand-parented, so they will not impact current post-study work visa holders or current students who are undertaking a qualification that (once completed) will meet the qualification requirements as set out in current immigration settings.
These changes support the Government’s broader plans for a high quality international system in order to generate educational, economic, social and cultural benefits to New Zealand.