New Zealand limits visas due to ‘unsustainable’ migration

As a response to “unsustainable net migration,” New Zealand has stated that it has tightened its visa requirements, establishing language and skill restrictions, and limiting the lengths of work permit durations. The changes that have been made to the Accredited Employer Worker Visa (AEWV) scheme have gone into effect immediately. These changes will result in New Zealand “better testing the local labor market and reducing the risks of putting New Zealanders out of work,” as stated by Erica Stanford, the Minister of Immigration for the country, on Sunday.

There were 173,000 people who were not citizens of New Zealand who moved to the country in 2023, according to the announcement. Stanford stated that “at the same time, we need to ensure that New Zealanders are put to the front of the line for jobs where there are no skills shortages.” This is despite the fact that there are still talent shortages in certain fields, such as education.

Among the modifications that have been made to the AEWV program are the implementation of a minimum standard of English, the introduction of a new minimum skill requirement in the form of job experience or qualifications, and the reduction of the maximum continuous stay on an AEWV to three years.

Before hiring migrants, employers will be required to verify that they fit these qualifications. Additionally, employers will be forced to certify that no “suitable and available New Zealander” applied for a position before it was offered to a migrant. They will be obliged to make this declaration. Additionally, they are required to promote job openings for a period of at least 21 days and provide an explanation as to “why any New Zealanders who applied were not hired,” as stipulated by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment under the New Zealand government. According to the website of the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, certain positions within the transportation and care sectors will be excused from conforming to these rules.

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