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Pathway to residence for some South Island temporary migrants
On 19 April 2017 Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced a one-off pathway to residence for around 4,000 long-term temporary migrant workers and their families living in the South Island.
To be eligible, temporary visa holders must:
· Currently be on an Essential Skills visa for a job in the South Island and have been on one in the South Island for five years or more.
· Be 55 years old or younger
· Hold current employment that is full-time and meets market rates and their employers would need to have no significant adverse record with the Labour Inspectorate or INZ.
· Meet standard residence health and character requirements.
Skilled Migrant Category changes
Wednesday, 19 April 2017
The Government has announced a package of changes designed to better manage immigration and improve the labour market contribution of temporary and permanent migration.
Two remuneration thresholds are being introduced for applicants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC). One will be set at the New Zealand median income of $48,859 a year for jobs that are currently considered skilled. The other threshold will be set at 1.5 times the New Zealand median income of $73,299 a year for jobs that are not currently considered skilled but are well paid.
The automatic selection mark for applicants under the SMC was increased from 140 points to 160 in October last year and the Government has now realigned the points system to put more emphasis on characteristics associated with better outcomes for migrants.
More points will be available for skilled work experience and some recognised post graduate qualifications, and points for age will increase for applicants aged 30-39.
Points will no longer be available for qualifications in areas of absolute skills shortage, for employment, work experience and qualifications in Identified Future Growth Areas and for close family in New Zealand.
The changes will be implemented in mid-August 2017.