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Immigration changes: How it will affect workers, Michael Woodhouse touts benefits - New Zealand Herald

Kary Chung, a 22-year-old restaurant front-of-house manager, says Immigration changes will make it "impossible" for her to meet visa requirements under the skilled migrant category. Originally from Hong Kong, Chung has been in New Zealand for five ...and more »

Explainer: What do the Government's immigration changes mean? - Stuff.co.nz

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse revealed a tightening up of New Zealand's immigration system. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced a number of changes to New Zealand's immigration system, aimed at tackling both the number and ...and more »

Francis Collins: We are creating a guest-worker programme - New Zealand Herald

The immigration policy changes proposed by the Government this week are not in the interest of people in New Zealand, whether migrants or not. The claim made by the Minister of Immigration is that the changes will ensure "inward migration best supports ...and more »

'Callous attempt to hold power': Winston Peters calls Government's immigration crackdown a con - Stuff.co.nz

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse revealed a tightening up of New Zealand's immigration system. Planned changes to New Zealand's immigration settings are "tinkering" that will not ease the pressure on the country's infrastructure, Labour says ...and more »

Govt proposes tightening work-visa rules - Radio New Zealand

Low-skilled migrants will only be able to stay in New Zealand for a maximum of three years, under new proposed immigration rules. Immigration to New Zealand. Photo: RNZ. They would then need to go through a stand-down period before being eligible for ...and more »

Immigration thresholds to focus on skills - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Immigration thresholds to focus on skills. Changes to immigration settings will help get higher skilled migrants while also safeguarding the positon of New Zealand workers, says BusinessNZ. The Immigration Minister has announced new rules for migrants ...and more »

New immigration policies a mixed bag for hospo industry - Stuff.co.nz

The hospitality industry is concerned migrant chefs de partie will be ruled out of the running by new pay thresholds. New immigration policies look to be a mixed bag for the hospitality industry which has come to rely heavily on migrant workers. The ...and more »

Govt gives path to NZ residency for some migrants - Newshub

Around 4000 long-term temporary migrants in the South Island will now have a pathway to New Zealand residency as part of a new Government plan. The announcement was made by Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse in a speech to the Otago and Queenstown ...and more »

Act's David Seymour condemns National for starting 'populist bidding war' on immigration - New Zealand Herald

National has sparked a "populist bidding war" on immigration that threatens key industries such as tourism, construction and aged care, one of its support partners says. Act leader David Seymour says the Government's announcement this week of a ...and more »

Immigration changes slammed as 'tinkering' by New Zealand First, Labour - New Zealand Herald

Migrants will need to earn more than $49,000 to qualify for a highly-skilled worker visa under changes slammed as tinkering by New Zealand First and Labour. Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse announced the changes today, saying they are aimed at ...and more »