Aware that international students "contributed $2.6 billion a year to the economy and created 28,000 jobs for New Zealanders" the government announced yesterday that those studying full-time will be allowed to work during their scheduled course breaks (rather than just in summer) and 20-hour-a-week work limits for PhD and Masters students will be removed.
Students will also no longer be required to comply with language proficiency measures.
"Competition for international students is intensifying around the world, and it's important we stay competitive," he said.
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The changes will also allow streamlined visa processing in partnership with selected high quality education providers.
A trialling of the model will begin in 2014. For a free online assessment for student, work to residence eligibility, click here - PISO (Personal Intake Sheet Online)