The latest revision to New Zealand’s immigration policy is unimpressive according to Federated Farmers in New Zealand. Michael Woodhouse the Immigration Minister of New Zealand has tweaked the original immigration policy announced this year. He was under pressure from the rural stakeholders in New Zealand over the hot-button issue of immigration in this election.
Woodhouse had announced that the visa restrictions would be eased to facilitate around 6000 less skilled immigrant workers to remain in New Zealand for a longer duration. Earlier it was declared that immigrants with a salary of less than 49, 000 dollars would not be categorized as highly skilled irrespective of their industry.
However, now the salary ceiling has been reduced to 41, 500 dollars, as quoted by the Stuff Co NZ. But the immigrants will still have to stay for a year lesser after being employed in New Zealand for 3 years.
Commenting on the revision to the immigration policy Chris Lewis immigration spokesman of the Federated Farmers said that the changes are not wide ranging. This means that immigrants who have received training in New Zealand farms will exit and that will benefit other nations, added Lewis.
Federated Farmers intends that the family members of the overseas immigrants must also be permitted to arrive at New Zealand. This will help to accentuate the declining rolls at schools and enhance the value of communities in the regions, said Lewis.
The Government of New Zealand said that the revision to the immigration policy was made after the consultation with rural stakeholders. In the deliberations, the ruling National Party would have been reminded very clearly regarding its commitment to rural New Zealand. The requirement of workers by the rural regions would also have been highlighted to the party in the election year.
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