There is good news for the partners of work visa holders, with the government backtracking on rules announced in the immigration reset which would have seen them limited to visitor visas.
The Job Check has been introduced to ensure that there are no suitable New Zealanders who can do a job before it is offered to a migrant worker. But it comes with a requirement to state the rate of overtime pay and hours guaranteed in the job contract.
The new Green List to fast track residency for some occupations fails to impress immigration lawyer Aaron Martin, who says it leaves out key occupations and won’t meet its objective to attract skilled migrants. He explains the problems and how some of them could be fixed.
It’s clear we have both a worker and skills shortage and that employers are finding it increasingly harder to find the talent they need to grow their business.
The Government’s approach to attracting a skilled workforce is a recipe may only limit opportunities for New Zealanders.
Previously, children of work visa holders who could not acquire residency had to pay international tuition fees for tertiary education. Children of eligible migrants will now be able to study as domestic students whilst their family’s one-off 2021 Resident Visa is being processed.