Migrants gaining residency via scam
By Lincoln Tan
4:00 AM Saturday May 22, 2010

Immigrants paying own wages and taxes for employers' support with application

Immigrants are entering agreements with employers to pay their own taxes and wages in order to obtain New Zealand permanent residence, and the "scheme" even has its own name - PYO (pay your own).

Immigration New Zealand says it is investigating a case where such a scheme has allegedly been used to help a migrant to gain residency, and the agency is asking others with information about the scam to come forward.

Employment advocates say the practice is rampant and has been going on for years, with possibly hundreds gaining residence by paying their own way to meet immigration requirements for skilled migration.

The National Distribution Union, which has seen nine workers who had been in PYO arrangements with their employers in 2008, says there could have been hundreds of cases over the years.

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