The New Zealand government’s recovery visa, brought in to help with the cleanup from Cyclone Gabrielle and Auckland floods, has been a success. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) general manager Richard Owen reported that 400 applicants have sought the six-month visa since its announcement three weeks ago.
So far, 166 visas have been granted with only two declines. The average time for processing applications was three days and twenty-nine people whose applications had been approved had arrived in New Zealand. An additional sixty-six applications for a similar work-specific visa were processed and approved before February 24th.
The top occupations so far of those who applied to include building labourers (92), commercial cleaners (41) and domestic cleaners (37). With every extra worker helping respond to recent extreme weather events, this initiative continues to be successful in achieving its goals.
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