Government appear to make U-turn on Immigration Cuts

Following a backlash from business groups and the regions, the New Zealand Government is likely to tweak some of its planned immigration cuts that were announced back in April this year.

Prime Minister Bill English said this week that the proposals would still "largely" go ahead, but "with some adjustments".

Regional mayors, farming and hospitality groups have voiced their concern to the Government, stating that the proposed rule changes "were a bit tight", he told TVNZ.

Prime Minister Bill English appearing on TVNZ 1's BreakfastBreakfast.

Prime Minister Bill English appearing on TVNZ 1's BreakfastBreakfast.

The changes were announced in April and include a minimum income of $49,000 for a skilled migrant visa, a 3 year limit for lower skilled workers followed by a stand-down period, as well as stricter rules for the partners and children of workers.

However, critics have disagreed, arguing that it is already hard enough to source workers in industries such as hospitality and farming. 

Prime Minister Bill English said on TVNZ 1's Breakfast he wants the "right balance of skills".

He said there was a strong demand for workers, but they "also want to make sure New Zealanders get the jobs they should be able to get".  

Mr English said the incoming changes would not be scrapped, but they would listen to the feedback given. The new plan will be revealed in the next few weeks. 

You can learn more about the different types of New Zealand visas available on our NZ Visas page.