165,000 migrants are eligible for a one-time residence visa in New Zealand


After delays in processing residency applications during the Covid-19 epidemic threatened an exodus of skilled international workers, New Zealand will provide up to 165,000 migrants with a one-time resident permit.
“We are giving a path ahead for our migrant families who have long been disturbed by Covid-19, while ensuring companies have the confidence they need to prepare for the future,” Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said in a statement issued in Wellington on Thursday (Sept 30).
“We recognise the uncertainty and challenges that Covid-19 and our restricted borders have created for our migratory population.”
The new visa makes it simpler for migrant workers caught in the middle of the epidemic, including thousands of trained health professionals whose applications for residency had been delayed.
The bulk of applications will be approved within a year of the category’s introduction in December, according to Mr. Faafoi. Most work-related visa holders and their immediate family members will be eligible for the 2021 Resident Visa.
Over 5,000 health and aged-care professionals, approximately 9,000 primary industry employees, and over 800 teachers are expected to be among the visa holders, according to Immigration New Zealand.
Around 15,000 construction employees and 12,000 manufacturing workers are on relevant visa categories, and some of them will be eligible for the one-time approach.


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