Immigration Proposals - Consultation with MBIE

Immigration proposals – consultation with MBIE officials

The Government is consulting on proposed changes to employer-assisted temporary work visa settings to ensure that work visas issued reflect genuine regional skill shortages.

The proposals are designed to strike the balance between providing more incentives and support for businesses to employ more New Zealanders and ensuring that access to migrant labour is available where there is a genuine need.

  • Be better informed on upcoming changes
  • Provide feedback to officials

The proposals released for consultation include:

  • introducing a new framework for all employer-assisted temporary work visas which will be employer-led, rather than migrant-led, and will include checks for employers, jobs and migrants
  • replacing the Essential Skills in Demand Lists with Regional Skills Shortage Lists
  • introducing sector agreements with sectors which rely heavily on migrant labour
  • improving alignment of the immigration, welfare and education systems.

These proposals impact the following 6 temporary work visas:

  • Essential Skills including the Essential Skills in Demand Lists (ESID)
  • Approval-in-Principle
  • Talent (Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence – Long-term Skill Shortage List occupation
  • Silver Fern (Practical Experience)
  • Silver Fern (Job Search).

Proposed new framework

The new framework will simplify the immigration system by reducing the number of pathways for employer-assisted temporary work visas into one enhanced framework that includes employer, job and migrant checks.

Tuesday, 5th March, 2019
12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
SCCC Training Room - 25 Canon Street, Timaru Central, Timaru 7910

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