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The Immigration Minister has announced major changes to post-study work visa rights for international students. This comes after the consultation process undertaken in June this year which received over 2000 public submissions.
The New Zealand Government’s new KiwiBuild scheme will see changes to immigration settings in order to help the construction and housing sector to attract overseas skilled workers.
Last year some 24,000 work visas were approved for a wide range of migrant trades workers. The demand for skilled workers from overseas to fill New Zealand’s skill shortages, and the forthcoming KiwiBuild requirements, is growing. However, while the numbers of work visas is increasing the pathway for these work visa holders to live and work permanently in New Zealand is getting harder. There are challenges ahead for employers to attract and retain their migrant workers.
During June the Government opened up consultation on proposed changes to post-study work visa categories. Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway intends that the proposed changes will help eliminate or reduce migrant exploitation and will encourage international students to study higher quality courses and courses which will lead to employment roles in the areas which New Zealand […]
Salary thresholds for Skilled Migrant Residence and Essential Skills Work Visas have increased as from 15 January 2018. In August 2017, INZ made changes to the Skilled Migrant Category and Essential Skills Work Visas were implemented, aimed to: ensure New Zealand is attracting migrants who bring the most economic benefits to New Zealand and to […]
INZ has recently completed its annual review of two of the Skills Shortage Lists – the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) and announced a number of changes. The Skills Shortage Lists are regularly reviewed to ensure they meet the changing needs of employers in the labour market, […]
There is general apprehension in the market regarding the stance of the new Labour-led Government, and the influence the coalition partner New Zealand First will have given its public stance against general immigration. However, early signs are reassuring with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern quickly moving to confirm the Labour immigration policy will hold sway over […]
Pharmacy Technicians are in demand and is a role that can provide a viable pathway to permanent residence in New Zealand If you are offered a position of Pharmacy Technician in New Zealand, you may have a bright future to work and live here permanently. The occupation of Pharmacy Technician is included on the Immediate […]
A major shake up of essential skills work visa instructions is due to affect thousands of current work visa holders and their employers from the end of August. The government has just confirmed the main details of the changes to essential skills work visa instructions which will be effective from 28 August. The changes will […]
The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) is the main residence category and makes up over 50% of New Zealand’s residence programme. In April the Government announced a number of changes to the SMC and these will take effect from 28 August 2017. Expressions of Interest under the existing policy, the first stage of a SMC application, […]