There is some good news for up to 250 international PhD and postgraduate students which the New Zealand government is allowing to return to study in New Zealand.
To be eligible the students must hold or have held a visa to study in New Zealand in 2020, but have been unable to enter New Zealand due to COVID-19.
Priority will be given to students who:
- are enrolled in PhD programmes
- are enrolled in a qualification that involves practical components (for example, medicine, veterinary, engineering, laboratory sciences, agricultural research)
- cannot progress or complete their study while offshore.
If the 250 places are not filled by PhD students in these priority categories, the focus is likely to move to level 9 Masters students in the same priority categories.
Eligible students will be nominated by their education providers for consideration, and must be approved by Immigration New Zealand.
Entry for these students is dependent on the availability of space in the New Zealand managed isolation and quarantine facilities, and they will have to pay charges for their stay in managed isolation.