You might be able to work part time while you’re studying—your visa will tell you if you can.
Who can work on a student visa
Most international students who are studying full time for at least a year are entitled to work:
- up to 20 hours per week during the academic year (March to October), and
- full time (up to 40 hours per week) during the summer break (November to February).
You won’t be able to work in NZ if you’re:
- on a one-trimester student exchange
- a Study Abroad student
- studying in the English Proficiency Programme.
Victoria University scholarship students can work for up to 600 hours per year, for a maximum of 10–12 hours per week.
Immigration New Zealand has full details on who can work while studying.
If you believe you’re entitled to work but your visa doesn’t say so, you need to request a ‘variation of conditions’ from Immigration New Zealand.
When you’ve finished your degree, you might be able to apply for a Post-study work visa.
Getting an IRD number
Before you start working in New Zealand, you need an IRD number from the Inland Revenue Department. This is how your tax is paid.
Find out how to apply for an IRD number.
Finding part-time work in Wellington
The best places to look for jobs are:
- Victoria CareerHub
- Student Job Search
- Trademe jobs
- The Dominion Post newspaper, particularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Victoria’s Careers and Employment service
Careers and Employment can help you with career advice, preparing your CV and finding a job.
Labour Laws in NZ
As a worker in New Zealand, you’re entitled to:
- be paid at least minimum wage
- four weeks’ annual leave
- a paid day off on public holidays that fall on days you’d usually work, or time-and-a-half and a paid day off later if you choose to work
- sick leave after you've been with your employer for six months.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has full details on minimum employment rights.
Work for your spouse or partner
- a postgraduate student, your spouse or partner may apply for a work visa for the same period as your student visa
- an undergraduate student, your spouse or partner may apply for a work visa if you are studying for a qualification in an area of absolute skill shortage, as specified in the ‘Long Term Skill Shortage List’.
You can apply for a Familystream work visa via Immigration New Zealand.