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New Zealand opens to international students from 31 July 2022

13 May 2022

On 31 July 2022, New Zealand is fully reopening to international students – three months earlier than originally planned.

UP Education welcomes the announcement and looks forward to welcoming international students back to New Zealand soon.

International students studying offshore will be eligible to apply for visas to study in New Zealand from 31 July. Once granted, international students will be eligible to enter New Zealand for the remainder of Semester 2 and beyond.

For most international students eligible for a Post-Study Work Visa, the duration of that work visa will now mirror the time they study in New Zealand, up to a maximum of three years. However, Master’s and PHD students, will continue to receive three years’ post-study work rights, as long you have spent 30 weeks in New Zealand undertaking full-time study.

The recent border exception for up to 5,000 international students (cohort 4) will continue as planned, with the first students on track to begin arriving in New Zealand soon.

Students intending to join UP Education in the last half of this year should have enough time to obtain their visas and join us face to face. We encourage students to prepare all the necessary visa application documents to submit an application when the Immigration New Zealand system opens on 31 July.

We will continue to deliver our courses online for as long is necessary.

UP Education remains committed to delivering higher value education, that’s resilient, sustainable, and recognised for its innovative education offerings for international students.

For more information:

You can see a summary of these changes including a fact sheet on international education on the Immigration New Zealand website.

You can see a summary of the immigration changes on the Immigration New Zealand website.

You can read the Prime Minister’s announcement on the New Zealand Government website.