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    2008: Immigration Policy Summary
    by Dr Hon Lockwood Smith, Immigration
    19 September 2008

    2008: Immigration Policy Summary

    ENCOURAGING KIWIS TO RETURN.
    MEETING OUR SKILLS NEEDS.

    New Zealand has lost more than 80,000 people heading overseas permanently in the past 12 months.

    That’s more than 1,500 each week.

    National will implement policies to encourage Kiwis to stay in New Zealand and attract back those who have been developing their skills overseas.

    National has three overriding objectives:

    1. Retain skilled Kiwi workers and attract overseas Kiwis back to New Zealand.

    2. Better match the skills of immigrants with the employment needs of our economy.

    3. Make our immigration services world class in their efficiency and effectiveness, and restore confidence in their integrity.

    OUR PRINCIPLES

    • A globally competitive economy.

    • Encouraging ambition.

    NATIONAL’S PLAN

    1. Retaining Kiwis & Attracting More Home

    Ensure tax, regulatory, and infrastructure policies make returning home attractive for highly skilled expat Kiwis. Require Immigration NZ to initiate a one-stop-shop approach to servicing the needs of returning New Zealanders.

    2. Meeting Our Skills Needs

    Streamline employer accreditation:

    • Streamline proceedures for qualifying employers to be “recognised“ or “accredited” to recruit internationally.

    • Make employment performance count more towards the granting of residence.

    • Require employers who recruit offshore to provide a bond. Boost monitoring and remove accreditation/recognition from employers if policies are breached.

    Better meet demand for seasonal skills:

    • Retain the RSE Scheme for Pacific Nations. Make it easier to hire seasonal workers outside the scheme where it is not meeting employer’s needs.

    • Introduce temporary work visas for legal visitors who have a guaranteed offer of seasonal work.

    Access higher-level skills by introducing a Silver Fern Visa for people with recognised tertiary qualifications.

    This visa will enable holders to:

    • Undertake temporary work while seeking highly paid permanent employment.

    • Obtain a 24-month work visa once they have gained permanent employment.

    • Apply for permanent residence (once on the 24- month work visa) through the Work-to-Residence or Skilled Migrant provisions.

    3. Business and Retired Immigrants

    • Set realistic requirements for Business Migrants in capital, language skills, and investment proposals.

    Focus on job creation and export earnings.

    • Establish a Retirement Visa for high net-worth immigrants who indemnify New Zealand from all health, welfare, and superannuation costs.

    4. A World-Class Immigration Service

    • Review Immigration NZ to ensure there are clear lines of accountability. Ensure fairness and transparency in its processes.

    • Explore the establishment of a stand-alone Department of Immigration and Citizenship with no increase in bureaucrats.

    • Strengthen settlement services by establishing a robust evaluation process to ensure effectiveness.


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    Make employment performance count more towards the granting of residence.
    Does this mean they will now take more notice of work experience rather than rely on just qualifications?

    Establish a Retirement Visa for high net-worth immigrants who indemnify New Zealand from all health, welfare, and superannuation costs.
    If retirees have got the dosh and don't ask anything of the country, they can walk in?

    3. Make our immigration services world class in their efficiency and effectiveness, and restore confidence in their integrity.
    That would be good. I'll drink to that.
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    Yes, thanks MB.
    Having looked at their policy it will be interesting to see how the retirement bit works out..


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