New Zealand has announced changes to post study work visa requirements to align qualifications with skill shortage requirements. There is a new skill shortage list “Green List” which has a limited number of occupations and qualifications linked to the Green List occupations that qualify for a post study work visa and a pathway to residence in future such as Straight to residence pathway (Tier 1) and Work to residence pathway (Tier 2). The green list roles can be found in Green list.

The programmes are linked to construction, engineering, medical, teaching, trade and a few more sectors. The list will be reviewed and updated regularly and in the long term replace other skill shortage lists.

We would recommend prospective students to select a study programme keeping their current qualification, experience and interests in mind that align with the new requirements. Please feel free to contact us and book a consultation with one of our advisers.


  • Qualification and/or work experience review
  • Discussions with you to select the right programme
  • Offer of place for the institution
  • Lodging a student visa application


  • English language proficiency: Every program has a different level of English language proficiency for non Native english speakers. Read our blog here on IELTS scores.
  • Previous qualification and work experience: Our team can guide you further on the requirements depending on the program you select.
  • Funds for tuition fee through Education loan is a good option and living expenses. Fees for programmes depend on the level of study.
  • All visa applications must meet health and character requirements as per New Zealand Immigration Instructions. Read our blog on tips to prepare for student visa interview.
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