NZ Immigration: Work Visa Changes Will Improve Migrant Work Conditions

October 22, 2019
Work visa rules have modified in a move designed by the government to lessen exploitation and promote migrant worker conditions.

NZ Immigration: Work Visa Changes Will Improve Migrant Work Conditions

The latest rules came into force on 7 October 2019, involve workers having a minimum base salary of $79,560 to be eligible for a Work to Residence Visa. Organizations must be authorized and, controversially, involve risen costs and capped the numbers for the Category of Parent visa program. Even more, modifications will be added in 2020 and 2021.

New Changes Creating Confusion Among Workers and Employers

New Zealand's most qualified immigration experts say that the new regulations are creating some unease and uncertainty in the marketplace. They say the principal concern for businesses is staff retention.

Companies need to know how they are able to hold the staff in a tight labor market. Companies will need to explore more details, advice and help with a future plan and the measures they can take, both with staff maintenance and staff hiring.

As for the abroad workers themselves, there will be individuals who could have had a NZ permanent residence pathway who no longer will have that opportunity. That's because they are not able to earn enough to reach the latest $79,560 per annul salary threshold.

Many workers are now handling the pressure of being in an ambiguous position about living and working in New Zealand.

There are good workers and they love New Zealand and they aspire to be able to reside and have a great future for their family. A lot of these individuals are worried right now, questioning what to do if they don't receive that magic number.

With an expected 30,000 firms influenced by the changes, experts say seeking advice from an expert will be an essential step for the peace of mind, and a soft transition to the current system, for industry owners and workers alike.

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