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    Work permit rules block extra study
    By Lincoln Tan
    4:00 AM Saturday Apr 17, 2010

    Unable to get a good job with her bachelor of business degree, Russian Tatiana Kuz'mina - who would have qualified for New Zealand residency with a job offer - thought pursuing a masters degree could give her a competitive advantage.

    But going back to studies after being granted a job search work permit has left the 24-year-old facing the end of her time in New Zealand, after Immigration New Zealand refused to grant her a second work permit under the policy.

    Like Miss Kuz'mina, many graduate international students on work permits who went back to studies during the recession to better their chances in the job hunt, have received letters from the agency requesting they "make arrangements to leave New Zealand".

    Many did not know they could not get another permit if they had already been issued with one under the policy.

    Last year, 4961 work permit applications were declined compared with 3923 in 2008. Eighty six of those declined were for graduate work permits.

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    Default Govt may put 2-year block on student loans for new migrants

    Govt may put 2-year block on student loans for new migrants
    By Adam Bennett
    4:00 AM Monday Apr 19, 2010

    New residents and Australians may soon have to live here for two years before they can get student loans.

    Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said the Government was considering implementing a two-year stand-down period before new permanent residents can borrow from the Government to fund tertiary studies here.

    On TVNZ's Q+A programme yesterday, Mr Joyce said new permanent residents, including Australians, currently wait two years for a student allowance or a social welfare benefit.

    "But you're allowed to borrow for a student loan the moment you arrive, and that creates some interesting incentives for people to sign up to tertiary institutions where perhaps they're not as committed to the country, or not committed to tertiary education as perhaps others would be."

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