New employer-led work visa to replace six categories

The government is introducing a new employer-led work visa that it says will help plug shortages, reduce exploitation, and improve conditions for New Zealand workers.

Six visa categories are being replaced by one temporary work visa which will ensure that there is an employer check, a job check, and a worker check.

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said the new visa will be less complex and will help around 25,000 to 30,000 businesses get the workers they need to fill skills shortages.

The new system will require all employers to be accredited to recruit foreign workers.

Mr Lees-Galloway said this will give employers more certainty and provide more assurances to foreign workers.

“The accreditation process that all employers will go through will ensure that no employer that has a history of exploiting migrants or who has a history of not meeting their obligations under employment law is able to employ to migrants.

“So what we’re looking to do is to weed those people out before they employ migrants, before they have the opportunity to exploit migrant workers,” he said.

Read more: New employer-led work visa to replace six categories – RNZ

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