National has proposed a plan to enhance international education. The plan suggests increasing the working hours for overseas students in New Zealand from 20 to 24 hours per week. Additionally, it offers expanded work rights and quicker visa processing for those paying an extra fee.
Penny Simmonds, National’s tertiary spokesperson, stated that this will raise export revenue, provide jobs, and boost economic growth. It will also benefit tertiary institutions, allowing for better quality education at lower costs for local students.
Christopher Luxon, the leader of the party, highlighted the need for skilled workers in New Zealand during his campaign in Invercargill.