Permits and Immigration

New Zealand tries out faster labour market testing for non-skilled jobs

by Ray Clancy on July 20, 2015

Getting a low skill job in New Zealand could become a lot easier with a pilot programme testing a new streamlined labour market test process in the country.

The new requirements may make it easier for migrants to get low skill jobs in New Zealand

The new requirements may make it easier for migrants to get low skill jobs in New Zealand

Since the beginning of July employers seeking to fill a low skilled vacancy from overseas in the Queenstown Lakes District have been able to access formal advice direct from the Work and Income department.

According to Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse this will speed up the process of lodging a migrant worker visa application.

Work and Income will then refer any suitable New Zealanders to the employer for consideration. Employers will also have access to an updated list of jobs where advice is not required, as Work and Income has no jobseekers available to fill the positions.

‘As well as looking after the interest of New Zealanders this new process will provide more certainty for employers and migrants as they will know sooner if a work visa application is likely to succeed,’ said Tolley.

‘New Zealanders will always be first in line for jobs, but we recognise that for certain roles which are hard to fill, employers want to bring in migrant workers and this new system provides a quicker and more effective solution for them,’ she added.

Woodhouse explained that the changes are being trialled in Queenstown because of the unique circumstances faced by Queenstown employers, particularly tourism operators, in a period of exceptionally strong growth.

‘Officials will also continue to monitor how immigration policies are working for Queenstown employers, in the context of wider work under way in the tourism sector to address labour and skills needs in the long term,’ he said.

‘The changes in Queenstown replace the temporary labour market test exemption which was in place during the exceptionally busy summer season and ended on 30 June,’ he added.

{ 2 comments }

Thumbnail image for New Zealand announces expansion of online visa applications

New Zealand announces expansion of online visa applications

June 18, 2015 New Zealand

People applying for visas to work or visit New Zealand can now do so online, it has been announced, a move that will make application processing faster. Student visa applications for the country have been possible online since last August and now further development of a new ICT system means that others can also be […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for New Zealand makes visas more flexible for Canterbury rebuild workers

New Zealand makes visas more flexible for Canterbury rebuild workers

May 18, 2015 New Zealand

New Zealand has announced changes to immigration policy which will make it easier to recruit and retain international workers for the Canterbury rebuild. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates that an additional 5000 construction workers will be needed between December 2014 and the peak of the rebuild in December 2016. Immigration Minister Michael […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Canada’s parent and grandparent visa programmes hailed a success

Canada’s parent and grandparent visa programmes hailed a success

January 20, 2015 Canada

Visiting a loved one who lives abroad is important for all families and now Canada says it has the best family reunification visa systems in the world. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has hailed its Parent and Grandparent visa programme a huge success, with 70,000 benefitting since it was launched in 2012. Parents and grandparents […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Visa and work applicants warned over bogus UK immigration officials

Visa and work applicants warned over bogus UK immigration officials

January 16, 2015 Britain

People looking to immigrate to Britain are being advised to make sure they do not fall prey to bogus advisers, especially those making visa and permit applications on their behalf. The warning comes after a Moldovian citizen, Tatiana Balan, aged 36 years, living in London pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court to eight […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Visa overstayer numbers in New Zealand drop dramatically

Visa overstayer numbers in New Zealand drop dramatically

January 8, 2015 New Zealand

The number of people overstaying their visa arrangements in New Zealand is at its lowest level since 2000, the latest data shows. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said it is a sign that immigration officials and border controls are working well. The most up to date figures show that in October 2014, the number of overstayers […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Countdown on to Canada’s new express immigration programme

Countdown on to Canada’s new express immigration programme

December 16, 2014 Canada

There are only two weeks to go until the launch of Canada’s new Express Entry immigration recruitment scheme to meet economic and labour market needs. From 01 January 2015, potential candidates can create their profiles, with the first invitations to apply issued within weeks, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has announced. Express Entry […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Joint visa scheme for Ireland and the UK could be expanded

Joint visa scheme for Ireland and the UK could be expanded

November 6, 2014 Ireland

The authorisation to allow Chinese and Indian citizens to transit through the UK on route to the Republic of Ireland under the Transit Without Visa Concession (TWOV) has been ratified in the UK parliament. UK Minister of State for Immigration and Security James Brokenshire has also announced that this first phase of the scheme will […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for New report calls for special mobility zones between Commonwealth countries

New report calls for special mobility zones between Commonwealth countries

November 5, 2014 Visas, Permits and Immigration

Citizens of the key Commonwealth countries should be granted special status to live and work in the UK without restriction, according to a new report. Bilateral mobility zones should be established between the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada says the report from the Commonwealth Exchange. The proposal is based on an idea first put […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Immigration department warns of Australian visa scams

Immigration department warns of Australian visa scams

October 17, 2014 Australia

People seeking a visa to live and work in Australia are being warned about the pitfall of scams, especially connected to the popular 457 skilled worker visa. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) says that applicants should be aware of their responsibilities and obligations when applying for a visa and of visa scams […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for US officials warn visa and citizenship applicants of immigration scams

US officials warn visa and citizenship applicants of immigration scams

October 10, 2014 America

US officials are warning that while many people offer help with immigration services, unfortunately, not all are authorized to do so and visa applicants need to be aware of scammers. ‘While many of these unauthorized practitioners mean well, all too many of them are out to rip you off. This is against the law and […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Employers urged to be ready for Canada’s new immigration Express Entry system

Employers urged to be ready for Canada’s new immigration Express Entry system

September 11, 2014 Canada

Meetings are taking place across Canada, with more being planned, to make sure businesses and leading employers are ready for the country’s new Express Entry immigration programme which launches in the New Year. Starting in January 2015, Canadian employers will be able to consider Express Entry candidates for jobs where there are no Canadians or […]

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Visitors to Oz and NZ for Cricket World Cup will need just one visa

Visitors to Oz and NZ for Cricket World Cup will need just one visa

September 8, 2014 Australia

People visiting Australia and New Zealand for the 2015 Cricket World Cup will only need to apply for one visa under a new arrangement, it has been confirmed. The International Cricket Council’s Cricket World Cup will take place from 14 February to 29 March 2015, with all 14 qualifying teams to play matches in both […]

Read the full article →