During a recent immigration webinar, Hon Michael Wood, the Minister of Immigration for New Zealand, provided updates on various policies and plans related to immigration. Our CEO, along with other advisers and lawyers, participated in this webinar.
Firstly, the Minister announced that the new Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) system will be revealed within a month. However, there is no confirmation yet of the implementation timeline. It is advisable for those who meet current eligibility requirements to apply now to avoid potential uncertainties.
Secondly, a two-year "Work-to-Residence" pathway for Bus/Truck Drivers and Ferry Operators is being considered. The details of this pathway will be released in May.
Thirdly, there will be a multi-stage review of family and partnership visa policies, with a particular focus on family/domestic violence and culturally arranged marriages. The government is committed to ensuring sustainable and well-considered policies from a humanitarian perspective.
Fourthly, from 31 May 2023, any AEWV holders earning at least the median wage may support their partner's Partner Work Visa application. However, these visas will come with conditions, such as only being able to work for accredited employers and earning at least the median wage, unless exempt.
Finally, Green List settings will be subject to reviews to ensure that the roles included are of national importance and globally competitive. If there is evidence of demand, more roles may be added to the list.