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New work rules for NZ foreign English language students

Posted on 20 Aug at 6 PM Tags: Immigration, Working in New Zealand, Property,

Enhanced employment rights are to be given to overseas English language students applying to study in earthquake-hit Canterbury.

The new rules announced by New Zealand Immigration minister Nathan Guy, are to come into effect on 27 August, and will affect those studying at quality-accredited language schools in Canterbury. Guy hopes that more student will be attracted if they are allowed to work for no more than 20 hours a week.

The scheme will initially run for an 18 month trial, aimed at students who are signing up for either 14 weeks of tuition or a full academic year’s course leading to the Level 4 Foundation Certificate. A list of accredited schools is found on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s website.

Numbers of students applying for a course in the city have declined dramatically since the earthquakes struck, seriously affecting the city’s already damaged economy. According to the minister, less restricted eligibility for work will also help in the rebuild of the city centre and other affected districts as well as attract more immigrants to live and work in the country.
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