Immigration Minister Nathan Guy says visa applications to fill most jobs in Canterbury won’t be processed until a check has been done to ensure there are no suitable New Zealanders to fill the vacancy.
From today employers must register vacancies for trades, clerical and manual occupations in Canterbury with the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub before they support a visa application for a migrant to fill the vacancy.
“The rule also benefits employers because it streamlines the visa process. Employers will know sooner if a visa application for a migrant worker is likely to succeed,” said Guy.“If there are suitable New Zealanders available to do the job, the Skills Hub will help put the employer in touch with these candidates. If there are not, the Skills Hub will confirm this in a letter that can be sent to Immigration New Zealand along with a visa application for a migrant to be considered to fill the vacancy.”
The rule change affects does not affect highly skilled occupations or occupations on the Canterbury Skills Shortage List.
January 28, 2013