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We advocate strongly to Immigration New Zealand/Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to make it easier for operators to employ and train foreign staff and also to encourage visitor visa liberalisation.

Immigration changes

Immigration New Zealand is consulting on a package of immigration changes, announced in April 2017. Changes to permanent immigration settings include introducing two remuneration thresholds for applicants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category. 

The Government is also proposing a number of changes to temporary migration settings to manage the number and settlement expectations of new migrants coming to New Zealand on Essential Skills work visas. Read more.

TIA has made a submission, strongly arguing against the proposed changes. We surveyed members to help inform our submission and received a great response.

Other advocacy

Progress is being made in the area of work visas, albeit slowly. Overall, more than 85% of people coming here under working holiday schemes now have no restriction on how long they can work for one employer. There are still a few significant schemes which have restrictions, including China and Brazil. TIA is continuing to lobby for those restrictions to be lifted.

We also encourage Immigration New Zealand to make it easier for international visitors to travel here. We scored a significant win in 2016 when the Government introduced a package of measures to make it easier for Chinese travellers to visit here.