27 November 2007

New Zealand immigration delays skilled migrant category rule changes

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The skilled migrant category policy changes to the New Zealand visa system that were have to come into effect yesterday have been deferred due to technical difficulties. New Zealand immigration has confirmed today that the policy changes have been revoked and will be delayed until February 4th next year.

However, the changes to the Active Investor Migrant Policy and the temporary entry policy have not been delayed and took effect on November 26th.

The delayed policy changes include amendments to the recognition of qualifications and work experience. Also the definition of "skilled employment" is to be linked to the Long Term Skill Shortage List for a New Zealand visa.

New Zealand immigration says it needs more time to implement the required technical changes to its systems to cope with the new rules. The immigration department said in a statement that it will "try to contact everyone whose application or expression of interest may be directly affected by the deferral".

New Zealand needs skilled workers: Anyone interested in New Zealand immigration should complete the New Zealand Visa Bureau's online New Zealand visa assessment to see if they qualify for a New Zealand visa.

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