Now that the dust has settled and the New Zealand coalition government made up from Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party has been confirmed we can start looking ahead to see how government policies will shape our country over the next three years. In terms of immigration we were not sure how policy would be shaped with potential influence from New Zealand First and the Greens Party however Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister-elect, said: "You'll see Labour's policy remains absolutely unchanged as a result of these negotiations."
So what was Labour’s Immigration policy going into these elections? The three main areas that they are looking to shape policy through is to:
In total, these changes are estimated to reduce net migration by 20,000-30,000.
We are currently awaiting exact policy as to how these changes are to be implemented and once these are announced we will be updating our news blog. There is no time frame as to when this will happen however changes can come into effect quickly so if you are in a situation where you have the potential to apply for residency or work visas you may wish to get your application in sooner than later just in case you are affected by any future changes. People on valid visas when the changes come in will not be impacted however future visa applications will fall under the new policy once announced.
A detailed outline of the Labour Immigration Policy can be found here: http://www.labour.org.nz/immigration
If you need us to take the stress out of your visa application and ensure you get in before the changes be sure to visit us at www.easyvisa.co.nz