In the past year, New Zealand has experienced a significant increase in immigration, with more foreigners seeking to live and work in the country that has effectively managed the Covid-19 pandemic. Statistics New Zealand reports a record net of 98,391 non-New Zealand citizens arriving in the year through April 30, while 26,061 citizens departed, resulting in a net immigration of 72,330 – the highest annual gain since July 2020.
New Zealand’s immigration policy and law establish the criteria for those wishing to visit, work, study, live, or invest in the country. While some visitors do not require a visa, they must request a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) before travelling.
To address labour shortages in sectors like hospitality and tourism, New Zealand has updated its immigration instructions and policies, doubling the numbers under the working holiday visa scheme. The country urgently needs workers in various fields, such as healthcare, engineering, and construction to alleviate shortages caused by border closures during the pandemic.
Additionally, the government has announced plans to allow more skilled migrants and their families to enter the country under a new priority system within the Accredited Employer Work Visa. This system will prioritise applicants with Green List skills or those earning above a specific threshold.
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