NEW ZEALAND – Building and construction visa proposed
The Minister of Immigration has proposed changes to immigration policy to make it easier for the building and construction industry to employ migrants. A shortage of about 30,000 workers is currently making it difficult to build houses and infrastructure.
The proposed changes are subject to review following a period of consultation, and the Minister expects them to be in place by early 2019.
What is proposed?
- The introduction of a “KiwiBuild Skills Shortage List”, which would identify specific construction industry shortage roles and remove the need for labour market testing;
- An employer accreditation or pre-approval model, allowing building and construction firms who demonstrate good workplace practices, to enjoy an expedited process for recruiting migrant workers;
- The requirement that all labour-hire companies nationwide be accredited with INZ as labour hire companies, to avoid migrant worker exploitation.
The proposed system is based on the approach taken to employ migrant workers to assist with the rebuild, following the Christchurch earthquakes.
Employers who may be affected by the proposed changes are advised to consult an immigration specialist.