25 November 2009

Silver fern New Zealand visa to attract young workers

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A new "silver fern visa" announced by New Zealand immigration is expected to lure young and highly skilled workers from around the world to New Zealand.

New Zealand Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman announced today a new policy, to be implemented next April, giving young people the opportunity to look for work for up to nine months under a special visa.

The Silver Fern Visa will allow people aged between 20 and 35 years old into the country to search for work, and once they have a job they may apply for two-year working visa, which could possibly lead to residency under the Skilled Migrant Category.

The new visa is seen as a way for the country to attract skilled migrants to work in New Zealand, as well as boost international business connections and provide skills for the economy.

"In the global competition for skills, we need to encourage young, career-minded people to choose New Zealand as long term destination," Dr Coleman said.

"I am confident that the silver fern visa will achieve that, because the young migrants eligible under this policy will need to prove their value to New Zealander employers,” he said.

There will only be 300 places initially available online or through a New Zealand Embassy for people aged between 20 and 35 years old.


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