Our Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr Carsten Hallwass met Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway, who spoke at a Chamber of Commerce event in Nelson on 25 October 2018.
The Minister said Immigration New Zealand aims to attract skilled people from overseas and wants to align immigration and work visa rules with employment and welfare regulations in order to reduce unemployment, support young New Zealanders getting trained and find jobs. INZ will also help businesses to access talents from abroad to increase their productivity.
The Minister is not happy with the current Entrepreneur Work Visa and promised changes but said they would not be made immediately.
He intends to also re-open the Parent Category to allow parents to follow their New Zealand resident or citizen adult children. He feels this program is beneficial for New Zealand, provided the New Zealand resident children undertake to support their parents.
The Minister concluded in saying that he is also in favour of creating regional incentives and skill shortage lists for each region and wants to improve INZ - employer relations and extend the current accreditation system by possibly introducing two tiers.
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