World Economic Forum recently voted New Zealand first for having the best education system. Following the new development, the government of New Zealand has decided to make changes in its immigration system to protect international students from abusive employers. One of the proposed changes allows international students are pursuing a non-degree qualification at level 7 to apply for a one-year post-study work permit. Those who are pursuing degree level 7 or above courses will get three years of post-study work permit. Students who are studying degree level 8 and 9 should only study in Skill list of Long-Term Shortage if they want to work in New Zealand after completing education and also if they want their spouses to get an open work permit and children to study in the community school for free. The post-study work permit will not longer to close-ended, which means students will now get an open post-study work permit. It means they can switch jobs if they don’t like working at a place and also report an abusive employer. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment confirmed that it will increase the skill level required to move on to permanent residency and also allow international students to gain New Zealand work experience after they complete studies. Craig Musson, chairperson, Independent Tertiary Education NZ, said that the agency is looking forward to the changes and how it will affect operators and providers from all across the globe. Asking for clarification Kim Renner, the executive director, English New Zealand, said that her association’s members offering English courses and more and pathways to tertiary education will be affected the most. The policy’s intention seems to have high number of students studying for higher level of qualifications and will impact the level of English required for the pathway programs. At the same time, these changes will simplify things are international students, which is a good thing.
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