Immigration lawyers and business groups in New Zealand have said that the proposals to review the country’s policy for work visas will affect compliant companies all to check the exploitation of workers.
The government now wants all firms in New Zealand to first be accredited before recruiting any foreign worker. The accreditation in question will review firms and how they have previously adhered to labor laws.
The Association for Migration and Investment, an advisers’ group for immigration, has stressed on the fact that making accreditation compulsory for companies will serve to make the situation with recruitment delays worse.
The General Manager of Advocacy at the Employers and Manufacturers Association, Alan McDonald, said the government was making legislation for employers that will address problems that only some of them were guilty of.
Could work visas with longer validity periods be the solution?
McDonald feels that this new visa policy may not suit every employer. For instance, he thinks that for a small business owner who might need just one or two staff in a two to three year period, it might be unfair to ask them to wait for two months to get accredited. It will be better to have work visas with longer validity periods so businesses will be more particular about their staff.
Last December, Iain Lees-Galloway, the country’s Immigration Minister, announced that he wanted skills shortage lists to be published for each region so the industry can meet the labor gap by ramping up education and training.
Lees-Galloway sought opinions on raising the thresholds for salaries and restoring the legislation that allowed the family members of low-skilled immigrants to join them in the country.
With these changes, the minimum salary of more-skilled migrants will be raised to the national median wage.
The minister revealed that his consultation got 641 submissions and that by the middle of 2019, they would announce the decisions taken on the proposals.
According to him, the Australian government wanted to be sure that work visas were actually solving skill shortage problems in the country. The government was also resolute in ending worker exploitation.
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