New Zealand is opening up and acknowledging skilled migrant workers. The government planned to relax rules for the temporary work visa and said that they want to strike a balance between ensuring that citizens have jobs and benefits from the skilled of migrant workers. This is a great initiative taken by the New Zealand Government. Earlier in 2017, the government made changes to the minimum salary required to make the cut for the temporary work visa. They’ve set NZD 48,859 for low-skilled workers, which is how much an average Kiwi earns and NZD 73,299 for high-skilled workers, which 1.5 times the average. Michael Woodhouse, New Zealand’s Immigration Minister, said that the government wants to balance things out. The government is thinking of starting a new category - mid-skilled workers that include workers who earn the mentioned salaries. Woodhouse said that slabs are made to ensure that companies are only selected genuine and hardworking immigrants. It also gives employers a clearer idea of how to develop their training schedule. Lower-skilled workers get a work visa for three years, followed by a 12-month stand-down period, only after which they can renew their visa for three more years. These categories do not affect international students in any way, and they can continue using the post-study work permit. Reports believe that only after working for four years after a bachelor’s degree, the students reach the median salary of high-skilled workers. So when these students go ahead to get the work visa, they get into the mid-skilled migrant worker category. Future in New Zealand The education industry of New Zealand is growing rapidly. The country is going to a phase of negative growth, where the population isn’t growing as expected. Since the universities, there has a practical approach to education and unlimited opportunities. New Zealand is an ideal choice for business and engineering students.
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