NZ int’l graduates offered Covid ‘hangover’ visa

International graduates who were supposed to be on a post-study work visa in New Zealand during the Covid pandemic have been offered a 12-month visa in a new raft of immigration policies.

An 1,800-strong cohort of international graduates from New Zealand universities will be eligible.

“We are authorising a 12-month open work visa for approximately 1,800 previous holders of post-study work visas who missed out because of the border closures in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said immigration minister Michael Wood in a press conference on Monday, accompanied by PM Jacinda Ardern.

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