New Zealand has effectively been encouraging skilled immigration for several years now in order to combat surged rates of migration among native New Zealanders. New Zealand’s need for internationally skilled workers was intensified by the 2011 earthquake in Christchurch. To this end, the Government of New Zealand has decided to reconstruct the city, thereby opening the opportunity to create more jobs that would exceed the capacity that native New Zealand can meet.
New Zealand Work Visas
Listed below are the main categories of work visas for New Zealand:
- Residence from Work Visa: a temporary visa scheme that opens the opportunity for visa holders to change their temporal status to permanent residence by application after their initial period of 2 years in New Zealand.
- Skilled Migrant Category: a scheme intended to appeal and pull highly-skilled migrants to New Zealand, especially in those sectors and regions of New Zealand suffering from growth and skills shortages.