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Migration Trends & Outlook 2008/09

APPENDIX A : TIMELINE OF MAJOR IMMIGRATION POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE CHANGES, JULY 2008-AUGUST 2009

Date

Policy

Description

Jul-08

Residence Programme

 

Policy is amended to reflect Cabinet's agreement to:

• maintain the New Zealand Residence Programme in 2008/09 at the current level of 45,000-50,000 places

• increase the annual allocation for Parent, Adult Child, and Adult Sibling policies from 10 percent to about 11 percent

• decrease the annual allocation for Partner and Dependent Child policies from 21 percent to about 20 percent (note that because these policies are uncapped, this percentage is for planning purposes only).

Jul-08

Residence Programme

Skilled Migrant Expression of Interest Pool; Skilled/ Business

Additional selection criteria maintained for the 6 months from 1 August 2008 to 31 January 2009 are:

(i) expressions of interest that include 15 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total)

(ii) expressions of interest that include 10 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total)

(iii) expressions of interest that include 10 points for a qualification in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total)

(iv) the points total of expressions of interest not meeting any of the criteria in (i)-(iii) (in descending order).

Jul-08

International/ Humanitarian

Pacific Access Category

Applicants who are waiting for a decision under a Residual Quota Places Policy or Residual Pacific Access Category Places Policy application are granted further work permits that are valid to 30 September 2009.

Jul-08

Skilled Migrant

Essential Skills

The Essential Skills Work Policy is introduced to replace the General Work Policy.

Sept-08

Special Work

Skilled Migrant

 

The new China Special Work Policy and China Skilled Workers Policy will allow limited numbers of workers from China to enter New Zealand for temporary employment.

Sept-08

Temporary

Working Holiday Schemes

A working holiday scheme is introduced allowing 1,000 young Chinese citizens each year to visit New Zealand on working holiday visas.

Nov-08

Temporary

Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE)

The annual cap limiting the number of permits available under RSE Policy increases from 5,000 to 8,000.

Nov-08

Temporary

Working Holiday Schemes

A working holiday scheme is introduced allowing 300 young Brazilian citizens each year to visit New Zealand on working holiday visas.

Nov-08

Temporary

Working Holiday Schemes

1,800 young Korean citizens each year can now visit New Zealand on working holiday visas (increased from 1,500).

Nov-08

Temporary

Working Holiday Schemes

1,200 young Czech citizens each year can now visit New Zealand on working holiday visas (increased from 1,000).

Nov-08

International/

Humanitarian

Special Samoan Quota Places Policy and Special

Pacific Access Category Places Policy

Applicants who applied but did not have a decision under the Residual Quota Places Policy or the Residual Pacific Access Category Places Policy can reapply. Eligible applicants must have made an application that was not decided as at 7 December 2008 and must have withdrawn their application after 7 December 2008.

Feb-09

Temporary

Working Holiday Schemes

Annual quotas for the Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, United States, Finland, Belgium, and France Working Holiday Schemes are removed.

Feb-09

Temporary

Working Holiday Schemes

A working holiday scheme is introduced allowing 100 young Latvian citizens each year to visit New Zealand on working holiday visas.

Feb-09

International/

Humanitarian

Samoan Quota

Pacific Access Category

The minimum income requirement is increased to $29,939.52.

Feb-09

Residence Programme

Skilled Migrant Expression of Interest Pool; Skilled/ Business

Additional selection criteria maintained until 31 July 2009 are:

(i) expressions of interest that include 15 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total)

(ii) expressions of interest that include 10 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total)

(iii) expressions of interest that include 10 points for a qualification in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total)

(iv) the points total of expressions of interest not meeting any of the criteria in (i)-(iii) (in descending order).

Apr-09

   

Immigration New Zealand will refuse applications from unlicensed immigration advisers (from 4 May 2009) and identify individuals who are considered to be exempt under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2007.

July-09

Residence Programme

 

Policy is amended to reflect Cabinet's agreement to maintain the New Zealand Residence Programme in 2009/10 at the current level of 45,000-50,000 places.

• The annual allocation of places for the Skilled/Business Stream is approximately 26,800 to 29,950 places.

• The Partner and Dependent Child policies within the Family Sponsored Stream do not have a cap on available places. However, for planning purposes, the annual allocation of places for the Partner and Dependent Child policies within the Family Sponsored Stream is estimated to be approximately 9,900 to 10,700 places.

• The annual allocation of places for the International/Humanitarian Stream is approximately 3,350 to 3,850 places.

• The annual allocation of places for the Parent, Adult Child, and Adult Sibling policies of the Family Sponsored Stream is approximately 4,950 to 5,500 places.

July-09

Residence Programme

Skilled Migrant Expression of Interest Pool; Skilled/ Business

Eight occupations are removed from the Long Term Skill Shortage List.

July-09

Temporary

Recognised Seasonal Employers (RSE)

The Transitioning to Recognised Seasonal Employer Policy is replaced by the Supplementary Seasonal Employment Policy.

July-09

Temporary

Work Permits

Work-permit holders dismissed during a trial period may be granted a visitor's permit of up to 3 months.

Aug-09

Temporary

Working Holiday Schemes

A working holiday scheme is introduced allowing 100 young Peruvian citizens each year to visit New Zealand on working holiday visas.

Source: Department of Labour