Major changes announced by Immigration NewZealand for reducing the skilled immigration to New Zealand.The major changes are
- Strict rules stipulated for english language requirement for all those who file in Skilled migrant category. The present system, principal applicant only mandatory to acquire 6.5 band in Ielts, spouse and other members do not require high score, a minimum of 5 was stipulated /one year work experience in NZ also acceptable as confident to work in English speaking environment, But this is going to change now. All members must acquire certain standards of English. Not yet publish the actual requirement , But OET is also accepted for immigration purpose from November2016, which was accepted by other professional councils for registration years ago, but immigration NZ is approving and accepting OET from next month
- a 10-15% reduction of existing residency approval, aimed for residence approvals for the next two years to 85,000 – 95,000 (down from 90,000 – 100,000), To Achieve this category, the skilled migrant category will impose higher barriers to entry by raise the points, and tightening English language requirements
- Skilled migrant application process, those applied for expression of interest with 140 points, has been accepted within 15 workings days from the pool till last week., but this point is again increased to 160 then only that expression of interest will be selected within 15 working days( if u are stick on Auckland with 140 points , then u can move out from Auckland to get another 30 points), Still Expression of Interest can submit lower points, with a current job holders/holding job offer in NZ, they will be randomly selected, if they have more or less 10 or 15 points less ; With Less points one can apply for skilled immigration programme but chances of getting selected is vary and less possibility and long waiting time. But still hopes for those who are inside the country, if they got a job with good salary ( 43k above) ,they can still apply under work to residence after two year of work in NZ.
- The number of places for capped family categories reduced to 2,000 per year.Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said the changes unveiled today would reduce the number of migrants being granted residency, in a period when New Zealand has seen record levels of net migration, largely due to the weakness of the Australian economy making a trans-Tasman jaunt less attractive for Kiwis.Migrants make a valuable contribution to New Zealand both culturally and economically, and the Government periodically reviews all our immigration settings to make sure they are working as intended,” Mr Woodhouse says
Immigration NZ reviewed that within the Family Stream, there has been a significant increase in the number of people applying for residence as the partners and dependent children of New Zealand citizens and residents. These applications are not capped, and therefore the only way to manage numbers within the family stream is to lower the cap on parents. So the parent category more affected.A review of Parent policy will be undertaken, with the aim of ensuring that potential applications can be managed under the new lower cap without creating even longer queues.When INZ has approved 2,000 Parent Category visas, applications under consideration will be put in a queue until more places are available at the start of the 2017/18 financial year.
David Cooper, the operations manager engaged with immigration service in NZ, says the higher points requirement for the skilled migrant category will have a “significant impact” and sends a message that “all of a sudden New Zealand is closed for business or it’s got tougher”.Cooper said the government had been advised for the past two years to crack down on the number of skilled migrant applicants who had previously come into New Zealand as international students, which “put pressure on the system”.
“To get to 160 points means you probably have to have a university degree, a job offer, some work experience and be reasonably young to get to that high number of points,” Cooper said. “We have got some CEOs, managing directors and the like who have been recruited to the jobs in New Zealand on six-figure salaries who won’t get 160 points, so they’re immediately affected.”
Cooper said immigration advisers will need to find other pathways for those migrants, either through different visas or to see whether more changes will be made to the point system, which he characterises as a “blunt instrument”.
Major blow for those who intend to file and sponsor their parents for residency, which is now closed temporary as it is explained that 11000 of approvals ( excess of expected) done last two years, immigration wants to reduce the numbers of parents category in next two years from 11000 to 2000 each year..
There is a political reasons assumed to take this decision, few weeks before, The prime minister stated that, Most of the Kiwi native job seekers are not fit or not available for job due to less skilled or addicted with drugs so we need immigrants, still continue to allow ad promote immigration, Moreover Government granted a record number of work visas issued by immigration during 2015-2016. The Labour party criticized liberalized immigration policies of Government and blamed that there is no specific immigration policy framed for the current rulers of this country. On or before November 2017 General election to Parliament will take place, so before that John Key and his National party wish to protect themselves from the criticism from opposition on this subject.
for further details Please go through official website of immigration NZ