May 2016

More than 4,000 people from overseas have taken jobs in the Bay – NZ

Over the past 34 months about 4,000 migrants were offered positions in the Bay of Plenty mostly due to local shortage of suitable Kiwis to do the work. The top three occupations approved under Recognised Seasonal Employers Scheme throughout NZ were chef, dairy cattle farmer, and retail manager. In the Bay, “the main sectors that required skilled workers included health, ICT, engineering, and new and emerging roles such as innovation managers,” said Area manager Michael Carley.

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Wellington businesses supported with migrant skills – NZ

Wellington Immigration Gold Awards recognise businesses that ensure that their new migrant employees are welcomed and supported through the challenges of adjusting to Kiwi workplaces, while they settle and build a life in Wellington.

Immigration New Zealand Deputy Chief Executive Nigel Bickle says: “Wellington – like all regions – has always been reliant on migrant skills to help its businesses to prosper. Where skills can’t be sourced locally, Immigration New Zealand supports businesses to recruit and retain the best skills available from around the world”.

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The contribution of immigrants to NZ economy is valued at top level – NZ

When surveying the economy in his 2016 Budget presentation in front of the Parliament, Bill English was expected to celebrate the relatively strong economic growth arising from continuing immigration gains.

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April 2016

Changes to the Essential Skills in Demand Lists

Changes to Immigration New Zealand’s Essential Skills in Demand (ESID) Lists have taken effect on 11 April 2016.
These changes implement the decisions announced on 18 December 2015 to:
• add four occupations to the Immediate Skill Shortage List
• remove seven occupations in the oil and gas sector from the Immediate Skill Shortage List
• remove six other occupations from the Immediate Skill Shortage List
• remove two occupations from the Long Term Skill Shortage List.
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Students to gain NZQF Credits by obtaining Class one Driver’s Licence – NZ

From 1 April 2016 students will be able to gain New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) credits by obtaining a Learner’s, Restricted or Full Driver’s Licence.
This was in response to employer concerns at the considerable number of young job seekers severely limiting their employability and employment options through not having a driver’s licence. Consequently, a cross-agency group was established to explore options to address these concerns. The group included: Ministry of Education, New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), New Zealand Transport Agency (Transport Agency) and Ministry of Social Development (MSD).
NZQA will work with schools and tertiary education organisations to ensure that there is minimal impact on teacher and administration workloads. The only new requirement for schools and tertiary education organisations will be authenticating the driver licence and then reporting the credits on behalf of the Transport Agency to NZQA to be recorded on the learner’s Record of Achievement.
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Change to VAC fee in India

From 1 May 2016, the local currency VAC service fee in India will be increasing to INR 950.
This increase is only applicable to applicants who are in India and submitting a physical application to a VAC in India.
The VAC fee associated with handling passports linked to applications made through Immigration Online is not changing.
The updated fee information will be published on the office and fees finder on the date of the increase.