The Skilled Migrant Visa was finally reopened by the government on Wednesday, which is a welcome relief for the thousands of migrants who have submitted an Expression of Interest, and their employers, who have been hoping to keep their staff.
Skilled Migrant Visa reopens: New 6 points details to be announced
The minister for immigration Michael Woods has just announced that the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) visa would reopen under current settings while consultation was under way and the new 6 point system was set up.
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.
Immigration lawyer Aaron Martin explains why NZ businesses are suffering a shortage of both skills and labour – and why immigration policies fall well short of addressing the issue.
Our labour market is tight and is only going to get worse.
The Government’s approach to attracting a skilled workforce is a recipe may only limit opportunities for New Zealanders.