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Call for members to have their say on changes to immigration

Immigration policy continues to be a hot topic in New Zealand as we search for ways to address our worsening skills shortage and we are making sure you have a chance to have your say.

In December last year, the New Zealand Government announced it would undertake a period of consultation on proposed changes to the employer-assisted work visas scheme.

If approved, the changes will impact six temporary work visa categories:

  • Essential Skills including the Essential Skills in Demand Lists (ESID)

  • Approval In-principle

  • Talent (Accredited Employer)

  • Work to Residence – Long-term Skill Shortage List Occupation

  • Silver Fern (Practical Experience)

  • Silver Fern (Job Search)

Submissions to the government on the proposed changes close at 5pm on 18 March.

To help RCSA’s New Zealand members have their say, we have established an Immigration Working Group, chaired by Janice McNab of the NZ Council.

The Immigration Working Group has a clear purview to assist the RCSA Board in the management of policy, strategy, issues, education and stakeholder influence across all matters relating to immigration.

To do that in a way which best reflects the views and experience of our members, we need your input.

The Immigration Working Group is open to all RCSA NZ members and will draw on the expertise of Brooke Lord, RCSA Head of Advocacy and immigration experts.

The first task of the Immigration Working group is to canvass the views of our members about the proposed changes so we can use those in a preparing a submission to the government.

The group is also planning a number of immigration information events to provide greater awareness of the proposed changes and to offer clarity regarding some current challenges in interpreting policy.

RCSA NZ members who are interested in being involved with the Immigration Working Group should email Rebecca Clarke at

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