New Zealand tightens visa rules
11.04.2024 New Zealand Wellington   24
New Zealand tightens visa rules

New Zealand has announced immediate changes to its work visa program in response to a near-record influx of migrants last year. The decision follows a similar move by neighboring Australia, which has also experienced a significant increase in migration and is aiming to halve its migrant intake over the next two years.

Here are the changes that have been implemented by the New Zealand government:

- Introducing an English language proficiency requirement for migrants seeking work in low-skilled positions at levels 4 and 5.

- Establishing basic requirements for skills and work experience for most Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) positions.

- Require employers applying for permission to recruit migrants for Level 4 and 5 positions to liaise with Work and Income.

- Reducing the maximum duration of continuous tenure for most Level 4 and 5 positions from five to three years.

- Eliminating the franchisee accreditation category that allows these businesses to apply to hire foreign workers through standard, large-scale or tri-party accreditation for employment.

Referring to this, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford stressed that these immediate changes to the Accredited Employer Visa (AEWV) scheme are aimed at ensuring New Zealand attracts the necessary skills while reduced migrants' vulnerability to exploitation. She said their government was focusing on attracting and retaining highly skilled migrants, such as secondary school teachers, to address staff shortages. In addition, Stanford added that they are prioritizing New Zealanders in jobs where there is a shortage of skilled workers.

These adjustments will improve the integrity of the scheme and help prevent the exploitation of migrants, which is in line with the recommendations of the recent Bestwick review. which identified serious problems with AEWV processes. The English language requirement is intended to enable migrants to understand their rights and address concerns with employers early on.

According to the data, almost 173,000 people migrated last year to New Zealand, which is actually approaching record levels. The country of about 5.1 million has seen a rapid increase in migrants since the end of the pandemic, raising concerns about inflation.

Source: timesofindia

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