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Work & resident visa policy changes
Migrants Centre
20/04/2017
Category: General

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Hi All

The Government has announced a package of changes designed to better manage immigration and improve the long-term labour market contribution of temporary and permanent migration. 

The changes are aimed at managing the number and improving the quality of migrants coming to New Zealand. 

Read the Minister's press release and see below for more detail.

 

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Essential Skills work visa proposals

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The Government is consulting on proposed changes to temporary migration settings to manage the number and settlement expectations of new migrants coming to New Zealand on Essential Skills work visas. The proposals are also designed to stop the reoccurrence of pools of long-term temporary migrants with no pathway to residence.

The proposals include the introduction of remuneration bands to determine the skill level of an Essential Skills visa holder, and aligning visa duration and the ability to bring children and partners to New Zealand with the new skill levels.

More about the proposals

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Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) changes

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A number of changes have already been made to improve the quality of the SMC and manage growing demand. The changes were designed to stop the growth in residence numbers and prioritise access for higher-skilled migrants. Early evidence suggests the changes are working.

To build on this, the Government will introduce two remuneration thresholds as a proxy for skills and the SMC points table will be realigned to put more emphasis on characteristics associated with better outcomes for migrants.

More about the changes

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South Island Contribution visa

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The Government has announced a new policy to provide a one-off pathway to residence for around 1,600 migrant workers and their families who have been living in the South island for more than five years.

The Government is currently reviewing temporary visa settings to ensure future lower-skilled temporary migrants don’t end up in the same situation.

More about the policy

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