From 1 November 2015, points awarded for New Zealand Skilled visa to people with a job offer outside Auckland will be increased from 10 to 30. Under the current immigration requirements the applicants who can get 140 points get residency.
Kiwis will still be given priorities for jobs but if there are no locals to fulfil the places, it will be easier and more attractive for overseas workers to settle outside of Auckland. Government’s goal is to spread migration across the country.
People who get the extra points will need to spend at least 12 months in the Southern region of New Zealand, which is an increase from the current 3 months.
It was also announced that streamlined labour market tests will now be available nationwide not only in Queensland, to make the whole process more expedient for both the employees and the employers.
The new change will enable the employers to get advise from New Zealand Work and Income service before they lodge the visa application, rather than Nz Immigration contacting the Work and Income service after the visa lodgement.
Another change that is coming up is that people applying for an Entrepreneur Work Visa who want to set up business outside Auckland will get now 40 bonus points rather than the current 20 points out of 120 points to get residency.
It’s not only about the perspective migrants though. A new pathway to residency was announced for all long-term temporarily visa holders in the Southern parts. This policy will also allow low-skilled workers based in the South Island whose visas rolled over for more than 5 years to be offered residency where they have put down roots.
There are many migrants who settle in Auckland and at the same time, many employers based in other parts of the country experienced difficulties in finding enough skilled workers.
Prime Minister John Key who announced the policy earlier said we could not be sure how many migrants will move elsewhere as a result of the policy but it was likely to be effective.
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