New Zealand government proposal to review temporary migrant work setting

The Government of New Zealand has introduced it's consulting on projected changes to transient migration settings to regulate the range and agreement expectations of latest migrants coming back to New island on Essential Skills paintings visas. The proposals also are designed to stop the reoccurrence of pools of long-time amount temporary migrants without a pathway to deal with of residence. These changes will become applicable from August 2017.

These proposal changes are as follows:

  • the introduction of remuneration bands to determine the skill level of an Essential Skills visa holder, which would align with the remuneration thresholds being introduced for residence applicants under the  Skilled Migrant Category
  • the introduction of a maximum duration of three years for lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders, after which there will be a minimum stand down period before they can apply for another lower-skilled Essential Skills visa, and
  • Aligning the ability of Essential Skills visa holders to bring their children and partners to New Zealand, with the new skill levels.
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