I am going to study a post graduate certificate in engineering which starts in July and ends in November, this is less

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Customer: Hi, I am going to study a post graduate certificate in engineering which starts in July and ends in November, this is less that 30 weeks but is a level 8. Will I be able to apply for a post study work visa?
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any paperwork with the government?
Customer: I have applied for the visa to study the certificate and paid for the course
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer about the visa?
Customer: No, not yet.
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I am here with my partner and she is applying for a work visa for a partner of a student visa. We are currently in New Zealand and are on Visitor visas
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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If this is a level 8 course, and you pass the certificate, you should be able to apply.

Customer
What is the likelihood of receiving the post study visa and for how long?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

That is hard to assess, but if you meet the criteria you should get the visa.

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They last for up to three years

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  • You can only apply for this visa once, unless you complete a second higher qualification at bachelor’s degree level or higher.
  • If you complete your study outside Auckland before the end of 2021, your work visa can be valid for 2 or 3 years.
  • Your partner can apply for a work visa and your dependent children can study fee-free as domestic students.
Customer
Studying at AUT. So it will be in Auckland unfortunately
Customer
the criteria states that the period of study should be 30 weeks or more to get the visa, would it be likely for him to get it if he studies from end July until begining November.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

That may not be possible
Customer
Receiving the post study visa?
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You will need to persuade Immigration that this post graduate course should qualify you, even though it’s under the usual 30 months
Customer
30 weeks. How do you suggest we do that?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Sorry, it is 30 weeks-so you should ask them to consider your course since it is only about 15 weeks but does lead to a postgraduate level 8 qualification. These are matters of policy and sometimes they can change

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Thank you.
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