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Immigration reset – are you affected?

Last month the government delivered a speech in Parliament announcing plans to reset the way immigration is managed. Clearly, a signal for change but not a lot of detail was discussed. The highlights from the speech are: Employers should be less reliant on lower-skilled temporary migrant workers.

18/06/20211 min read
Immigration reset – are you affected?


Last month the government delivered a speech in Parliament announcing plans to reset the way immigration is managed. Clearly, a signal for change but not a lot of detail was discussed. The highlights from the speech are:

  • Employers should learn to be less reliant on lower-skilled temporary migrant workers by upskilling kiwis.
  • Work rights for partners of temporary workers will be reviewed.
  • Skilled Migrant residence settings set to change. The review starts later in 2021.
  • Increasing border exemptions to assist economic recovery while the border remains closed.
  • Launch an Investment Attraction strategy to attract international investment.
  • Attract people to New Zealand who will make large, long term investments into business and jobs.
  • Attract more highly skilled migrants.
  • Increased resources to tackle migrant exploitation.
  • Move more visa applications online. The end of paper-based visa applications is insight.

There was no clear messaging on when or how this reset will roll out. We would like to see genuine consultation with the business community and immigration advice industry to ensure New Zealand has the smartest set of immigration policies to take our country forward. Resetting immigration with the clear suggestion it will lead to cutting back migrant workers at a time New Zealand is suffering from massive labour shortages seems counterintuitive to growing the economy.

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Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • July 4. Applications open for the new Accredited Employer Work Visa.
  • July 31. Applications for the 2021 Resident Visa close.
  • August. Skilled Migrant Residence category scheduled to reopen.
  • August. A new pathway to residence for people earning 200% or more of the median wage.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21