New Zealand has been one of the most popular countries in terms of accepting people of any colour, caste, or religion very happily. It has never had any visa policy that can be termed as harsh for any immigrant.
So recently, New Zealand immigration announced new changes in the temporary work visas. They have said that the changes will start taking place from now up till 2021. So what are the policies that are changing? Let’s have a look.
Changes In Visas And Employer Process:
For the period of the next 18 months, the New Zealand immigration has proposed the changes mentioned below:
- Introduction of a new employer-led visa application process which will contain 3 stages – employer check, worker check and job check.
- A new temporary work visa will be introduced which will replace 6 temporary visas that are used now; this will make the process very convenient for everyone.
- Now onwards, the level of pay will be used to categorize the job in place of the existing skill bands.
- Low paid jobs will be strengthened and high paid jobs in rural areas will be promoted too.
- A new agreement will be introduced by for the sector agreements for the industries that often employ migrant workers.
- The ability of the lower-paid workers to get their families to New Zealand will be reinstated too.
All of these processes and policies will be further designed over the next 1 and ½ year. That is why there are a lot of details that are not yet published. It includes the total fees it will require, the processing time, and the form of evidence both employers and migrants may have to provide in support for their applications.
But there are still some policies that will remain the same:
- People who are in the country for 3 continuous years and hold a low-skilled job will have to leave New Zealand for 1 year, after which they can return.
- The new visa policies will still have the conditions for specifying the employer, the job and its location.
- New Zealand immigration will still have to check whether the job offered to a migrant is still not required by any other New Zealander so for that they will have to check it with the Ministry of Social Department(MSD).
All these changes are made with a vision to improve how New Zealands’s temporary workforce operates by ensuring a few things:
- The migrant workers that are recruited are only because there is an actual shortage of labour.
- All the regional and sectoral differences are seen when migrant workers are recruited.
- Also for the employers to be encouraged to train and employ more of New Zealanders.
And the six temporary visas that will be replaced by the new introduced temporary visa are:
- Essential skills work visa
- Essential skills work visa – which is approved in principle.
- Talent work visa
- Long term skill shortage list work visa
- Silver fern job search visa
- Silver fern practical experience visa
And at the same time, two of the employer schemes are removed too, they are:
- Approval in principle (AIP) will be removed, which is required before an employer hires a worker on an essential skill work visa.
- Accreditation will be removed for being a talented accredited employer.
Some new sector agreements will be introduced for the selected industries which hire a lot of migrants and the terms and conditions will be negotiated with them. The agreement will include a workforce plan and conditions that will be required to hire any migrant in the future. The first agreement is set to be negotiated in the mid of 2020.
Also, from the same period when the fist sector agreement will be negotiated, low paid migrant workers will be allowed to bring their families to New Zealand quite easily. The partner and the children can apply for visas which will be comfortably passed.
School-age children will have to apply for student visas until the duration of the work visa. There are many more changes that are going to happen in the period of the next 18 months, some of which are not mentioned here because they are not out yet officially. These Visa changes are going to make the immigration system much better and easier for the migrants.
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