13 August 2008
More NZ immigrants using migration agents
An increasing number of New Zealand immigrants are using migration consultants than ever before, according to a survey from Destination New Zealand.
The survey showed that 47.1 per cent of people who move to New Zealand now use the services of migration agents to avoid the hassle of paperwork in their applications, reports Homes Worldwide.
Those surveyed said they choose to use migration consultants to decrease the waiting time because the agency will ensure all paperwork is correct and will secure a successful application.
The participants also said migration consultants made the process smoother and clearer, provided personal assistance and representation, and made the complex process easier to manage.
The survey also highlighted the fact that New Zealand immigrants’ choose their regional destination to live in based on employment opportunities.
The New Zealand government has been working hard to maintain its reputation as having a world-class immigration system in order to continue attracting skilled workers to the country.
Recent figures from a report on 'The Fiscal Impacts of Immigration' show immigration contributed net $3.3 million to the economy in the 2005-06 financial year, and 60 per cent of the growth of the economy over the past five years is a result of the skilled migration program.
The latest 'Migration Trends' report also show temporary migration has increased by 18 per cent over the past decade, to 115,500 temporary work permits issued in the year 2006/07. Since 2003, 105,000 people have been approved for permanent residency, and 89 per cent of these were already on temporary permits.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international organisation that monitors, compares and provides data on the performance of countries around the world, found that New Zealand matched immigrants with jobs better than any other country involved in the survey. The report, ‘A Profile of Immigrant Populations in the 21st Century: Data from OECD Countries, 2008’, stated New Zealand had the lowest proportion of overqualified immigrants in the wrong jobs than any country involved in the survey.
The Minister said this was a direct result of the new direction of Immigration New Zealand’s policy, which unlike Australia, Canada and the UK, is designed to remain responsive to the labour market and reflect the needs of local employers. The new Essential Skills policy is designed to attract more highly skilled workers from overseas and protect the rights of local lower skilled workers already residing in New Zealand. The Government is particularly trying to attract workers in the IT, health and engineering industries, as well as seasonal and factory workers. Jobs which are in demand in New Zealand can be found on the New Zealand Immediate Skill Shortage List.
The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrate to New Zealand.
Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.