On 18 December 2018, the Government announced it is consulting on proposed changes to employer-assisted temporary work visa settings to ensure that work visas issued reflect genuine regional skill shortages. The consultation will close on 18 March 2019.
Immigration NZ has closed the consultation process for improving employer-assisted temporary work visa, this was done to improve the distribution of skilled migrant workers into the area where a genuine shortage exists.
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 labor
Improving the alignment of immigration, welfare and education systems.
So, what it actually means is that now the job offers will be very much segregated based on the regions and its skills requirement. A clear indication that migrants are no longer in control where they want to work. Now the visas allocated or granted will be led by the regional skills shortage. We actually feel that its a welcome move as the migrant workforce has clear preferences as far as the geography of the work is concerned. This would naturally leave some regions of the country with skills shortage and would create a workflow imbalance. Also, it was high time that some changes were incorporated anyways.
Changes are also there in the employer assisted temporary work visa. Now the accredited employer have to conduct tests and prove it to the immigration authorities that the positions are not going to be filled with local skills or talent. Basically, what’s happening here is that there is a clear shift towards hiring local New Zealanders as much as possible.
These proposals impact the following 6 temporary work visas:
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