Further to my earlier emails and the fact of the personal info I have given ,I would like to return to New Zealand in

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Customer: Dear *****. ..Further to my earlier emails and the fact of the personal info I have given ,I would like to return to New Zealand in early 2021...and with a formal admission granted in February 2020 to the Univ of Auckland... to enroll on a Master research thesis engineering degree programme in Chemical Engineering ...I would like to know if ..at my age(70) and circumstances ..(and I do have some unpaid student loan from my earlier studies and my overseas residence !. .)I could claim an "income support "during the length of my studies...which could last another year or more..?
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That is not really possible. The entitlement isTo get a Student Allowance, you need to be either:
a New Zealand citizen or
ordinarily resident in New Zealand and either:
have been living in New Zealand for at least 3 years, and
have held a residence class visa for 3 years, or
be a refugee or protected person, or
be sponsored into New Zealand by someone in your family who, at the time you were sponsored, was a refugee or protected person.
In most cases you have to be:
between 18-65
studying full-time
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Thks for the useful information : I am pretty determined to take the challenge of achieving this research degree. ..for multiple reasons. .I do have a retirement pension from my working years in my country of origin and it is practical nowadays by Internet banking facilities to dispose of this monthly income ..although it may only cover part of my living expenses. ..I would also be willing to take part time jobs if available and suitable for my age ..I would like to know... if in this case ...I could claim some reasonable
" income + accommodation support "as a NZ citizen. .my NZ passport is extended until 2029...?
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You may qualify as a NZ citizen for some income support if you don’t yet qualify for superannuation, and you would be able work of course
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Thks again for the useful info..You are stating the expression "may qualify"...I would like to inquire the criteria for qualification : just at my first thought. ..I would think that I could be supported "partly "and "only for the amount of income "..in addition to my own monthly pension ...so to cover my overall monthly living expenses or a minimum standard etc..does that make any sense I wonder ?������
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You fall between eligibility for superannuation and for job seeker allowance-the WINZ site says

Qualifications

To receive Jobseeker Support a client must:

  • not be in full-time employment
  • be available for and seeking full-time employment
  • have taken reasonable steps to find, and be willing and able to undertake employment

or

  • would meet the above qualifications but is temporarily unable to because they qualify for an exemption from their work obligations

or

  • not be in full-time employment, is willing to undertake it, but because of having a health condition, injury or a disability, is limited in their capacity to seek, undertake, or be available for full-time employment

or

  • be in employment, but because of a health condition, injury or a disability is losing earnings because the client is not actually working or is working at a reduced level

A client must also:

  • be aged
    • 18 years or older if they have no dependent children or
    • be aged 20 years or older, if they have dependent children
  • have continuously lived in New Zealand for 2 years or more since becoming a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • complete any pre-benefit requirements, if applicable and
  • have no income or an income of less than the amount that would fully reduce the benefit
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Thank you for your interest and concern and the very useful & important info for my own circumstances as well as the "link" for further information ..D Kibar
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