Australia was already a more attractive destination than NZ for migrant workers, for a number of reasons. The new agriculture visa adds another big one to the pile.
Immigration News Tag
INZ is extending work visas for onshore migrants and making it easier for those already working to continue to do so. But is it enough? Not nearly. The New Zealand economy is still being hamstrung by its closed border and lack of access to needed skills.
Monday’s “big announcement” from Immigration New Zealand left many wondering what happened to kindness as the government welcomes wealthy investors while continuing to delay reform of the skilled migrant category.
Thousands of rooms in managed isolation facilities will be available for seasonal workers, skilled migrants, international students, and refugees in the coming months. This will accelerate Covid-19 recovery and fulfil labour shortages in several sectors.
Immigration lawyer Aaron Martin reacts to the latest news from INZ about office closures in India, South Africa, and Manila and cuts in Beijing. The skilled migrant category will also be reviewed by the end of this month, but Aaron expects any changes will not favour non-New Zealanders.
Our client came to us after a declined visa application, due to criminal activity. The ‘criminal activity’ was only a traffic offence, but immigration had marked it against him. We challenged the charge and the visa was approved – he was allowed to stay in the country that had been his home for six years. Here is his story.