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New Zealand tightens visa guidelines amid close to report migration

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New Zealand mentioned on April 7 that it was making fast adjustments to its employment visa program after a near-record migration final yr which it mentioned was “unsustainable”.

The adjustments embody measures equivalent to introducing English language requirement for low expert jobs and setting a minimal abilities and work expertise threshold for many employer work visas. The most steady keep for many low expert roles will even be lowered to a few years from 5 years.

“The Government is focused on attracting and retaining the highly skilled migrants such as secondary teachers, where there is a skill shortage,” Immigration Minister Erica Stanford mentioned in a press release.

“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,” she mentioned.

Last yr, a close to report 173,000 folks migrated to New Zealand, the assertion mentioned.

New Zealand, which has a inhabitants of about 5.1 million, has seen a speedy progress in its migrant numbers because the finish of the pandemic, elevating considerations final yr that it was fanning inflation.

Neighbouring Australia, which has additionally seen an enormous bounce in migrants, has mentioned it might halve its migrant consumption over the subsequent two years.

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