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What is the news? The Minister for Immigration has proposed significant changes to the employer-assisted temporary work visa system and has opened a public consultation, allowing the business community and other interested parties to submit their feedback. The public consultation period will end in March 2019, with the final proposal to be tendered to Cabinet in June 2019.
Analysis & Comments: The proposed changes, if implemented, will have a significant impact on the New Zealand business community. The reform reflects similar regional and global shifts towards increased labour-market protections. Changes may reduce the capacity for established and compliant users of the skilled visa programs to make efficient and timely recruitment decisions. However, once the implementation phase is complete, the new framework should provide greater clarity to end-users regarding eligibility criteria, processing and evidentiary requirements, and INZ decision-making trends. This should have a positive effect on the efficiency of visa outcomes across the board. New streamlined processing arrangements for premium accredited sponsors may also assist in this regard.
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