Will there be changes to the Skilled Migrant Category?

Immigration Minister is planning “big changes” to New Zealand residency programs

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said he was not convinced the whole residency system was working well, and he was planning big changes. "Even that the target band that we have is the appropriate method of monitoring the residency programme so I'm working through some options at the moment and I expect to be taking some proposals to the public later this year.”

Immigration New Zealand lowered the planning range of 85,000 new residents over two years. The parent category was frozen and the skilled migrant points' threshold was raised to bring down the number of people eligible for residence.

On the other hand more than 228,000 work visas were approved in the last year, up 4000 on the previous financial year.

The Employers and Manufacturers Association , through their chief executive Kim Campbell applaud the rise in approvals and said "You do have to make sure that the people are truly qualified and if they are and they fit the criteria then they should be coming in.”

This means that, although skilled migrants are still welcome, fill “a real gap in the workforce” and “going to help us grow the economy” (Employers and Manufacturers Association chief executive Kim Campbell), we recommend to start preparing residence proceedings for those, who are interested to secure a long-term stay in New Zealand and avoid uncertainties brought by the intended policy changes

(Source: www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/).

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