On 11 May, the New Zealand Government announced an earlier date for reopening the border and reconnecting New Zealand with the world. New Zealand’s border will now be fully reopened from 11.59pm on 31 July 2022– three months earlier than originally planned. This means that international students are eligible to apply for visas to study in New Zealand from 31 July 2022.
Along with this exciting news, there are also some important announcements about the post-study work visa policy and a new “Green list” of 85 hard-to-fill occupations that provides a priority pathway to residency in New Zealand.
Learn more on Immigration New Zealand website.
As a leading education group across Australasia, UP Education welcomes this good news. We’re already receiving a lot of enquiries about what this means for you so let us share the answers to some of the most common questions relating to this announcement that we’ve received so far:
The new announcement confirmed that you can apply for student visa from 1st August 2022. You can also start to plan and prepare your trip and further study & life in New Zealand.
As soon as you receive the visa, you can travel to New Zealand. This of course depends on the type of visa you are holding or plan to apply for. For international students this is:
Yes, absolutely. We will continue to deliver our courses online and face to face for as long as is necessary. We are acutely aware of the challenges still facing many of our students in relation to localised lockdowns and travel restrictions that make it difficult to travel at present.