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.
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Skilled labour shortage
INZ announces office closures in India, South Africa, and Manila and redundancies in Beijing, a cost-saving measure to offset an 80% drop in applications. Minister of Immigration Faafoi promises a review of the skilled migrant category by the end of this month.
The CISSL is intended to increase the available skill base of construction workers. It replaces the Canterbury Skill Shortage List and absorbs various construction roles from the Immediate Skill Shortage List in NZ. Is it too rigid to be effective? And will put off the very migrant workers it claims to encourage?
Unions have been griping about ex-expatriate workers being brought in to complete transmission gully. They ought to be more in tune with the labour market.
Aaron weighs in on why the focus needs to change from “labour shortage” to “skill shortage” to address the current issues.