Helping employers tap into global talent
Details of a
new immigration policy -the Work-to-Residence Programme – which
will assist New
Zealand employers to recruit talent from overseas,were unveiled
Minister Lianne Dalziel today.
policy,announced last December as the government ’s "Talent Visa
" initiative,,simplifies existing immigration rules for skilled
migrants applying to work and livein New Zealand and is part of the
government ’s strategy to further boost economic performance.
stems from the business community,particularly employers,calling foreasier
ways to tap into the global labour market and allowing New Zealand
recruit talented and skilled people specific to their needs,Lianne Dalziel
for New Zealand ’s immigration policy to attract talented people
waswidely discussed at the Government-Business Forums and at major
as The Knowledge Wave and Innovate.Today ’s announcement is the
response to this need," Lianne Dalziel said..
recognise the importance to employers of retaining skilled migrants after
the need for an efficient process allowing easy transition to residence.
the Work-to-Residence scheme,once those who are recruited by an
accredited employer work here for two years,secure a qualified offer on
meet health and character requirements,they can become New Zealand
residents.It is a major advantage to attract talented people to work here,with
a simple transition to residence as an incentive to experience New Zealand
life with a guarantee that,provided the conditions of the visa are met,
they can stay if they wish," Lianne Dalziel said..
included in the new Work-to-Residence programme:
(Accredited Employers)Work Policy Aimed
at employers who regularly recruit talent from overseas,employers
"accredited " so that the people they recruit can access the
with job-offers from "accredited " employers have a more
process for their work permits and visas.Employers apply for accreditation
every 12 months and are expected to meet criteria relating to their
practices and commercial viability
Priority Occupations Work Policy
employers to offer work to people in occupations that the government identifies
as "priorities " because of critical skills shortage in those
Talent Visa and Priority Occupations Work Policy hinge around a
salaryminimum of $45,000 with the ongoing employment offers.
Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS)will administer the programme,and
employers will soon to be contacted about the new Work-to
will also hold special workshops for employers interested
in the programme.
personally writing to employers explaining how the new immigration policy can
benefit them in their efforts to attract and retain talent from the global
labour market before these people are snapped up by employers from other
of the new initiatives is about quick and simple access to the global
a result,we aim to make New Zealand more internationally competitive
with the ability to capitalise on positive economic opportunities.New
Zealand will benefit from the skills and talent these people bring with
also has provisions which allow arts,sports and cultural organisations
to sponsor people
with exceptional talent in those fields.
Work-to-Residence Programme - How
Immigration Policy Can HelpYou Employ Talented People
talented people to live and work in New Zealand has been identified by New
Zealand business and by the government as a key strategy to improve this
country ’s economic performance.
The need for
New Zealand ’s immigration policy to attract talented people has been
widely discussed at the Government- Business Forums and at major
conferences such as The Knowledge Wave and Innovate.The government has
responded to this need with the Talent Visa and a package of options for
employers seeking talented people to work and live in New Zealand.
There is no
doubt that New Zealand is an attractive place for people to live and
work.We are attracting a steady stream of people seeking residence
and,through the general skills category,we know they have good
qualifications and work experience.
But we also
want to help people who choose to make New Zealand their long-term home to
contribute directly to the sectors of the economy that are successful.It
’s also important to New Zealand employers to know that when they
recruit skilled people those skills can be available if required,for the
long-term,and that the process of recruiting skills and attracting
talented people to New Zealand is a smooth and efficient one.
We also want
to ensure that residence remains a goal rather than a barrier to people
who want to bring their skills to New Zealand.That ’s why we have
developed the Talent Visa and the Work-to-Residence Programme that will
enable New Zealand to offer talented people from overseas work in New
Zealand and to help those people make an easy transition to residence
Work-to-Residence Programme is designed to simplify the process of
applying to live and work in New Zealand for people who have been
identified by New Zealand businesses as having the skills they want.
One of the
main benefits of this programme is that,after working in New Zealand for
two years,and provided they meet some basic criteria,people who have
Talent Visas and permits through the Work-to-Residence Programme can make
a straightforward transition to New Zealand residence.
streamlined and simplified process of the Work-to-Residence Programme also
benefits employers seeking to attract skilled people.It is easy to
understand and simple to action for both employers and talented people
wishing to work in New Zealand.
all employers to consider the benefits that Talent Visas and the
Work-to-Residence Programme offer and to become "accredited " to
take advantage of this programme so that you can recruit international
talent when you choose to.