Interested in what the New Zealand political parties have in store with their immigration policies?
Here are just a few policies the parties have on how they would handle immigration in New Zealand.
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Here are the main policies on how the parties would address immigration issues in New Zealand:
Green Party leader James Shaw, NZ First leader Winston Peters, TOP leader Gareth Morgan, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, National leader Bill English, ACT leader David Seymour, Maori Party leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox.
National: (Changes implemented by the National government on August 28)
- Introduce high, mid and low remuneration bands
- Migrants earning above $73,299 will automatically be considered higher-skilled
- Any migrant earning below $41,538 will be considered lower-skilled and will be subject to a stand-down period after three-years working and partner/children restrictions.
Labour Party Leader Jacinda Ardern.
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- Cut number of immigrants by 20,000-30,000 from last year's 74,200
- Remove work visas for graduates of lower level qualification courses without a job
- Regionalise the occupation list and ensure employers hire Kiwis first
- Introduce a cap on older immigrants and cap family reunion members
- Encourage regional dispersion
- Remove ability to purchase a pre-paid English lesson voucher to bypass minimum entry requirements
- Maintain a sustainable net immigration flow to limit the effects on the environment, society and culture
- Make it easier for some family members of new migrants apply for residency
- Keep immigration as it currently stands
- Trim back on entitlements such as pensions after 10-years
- Make it quicker and simpler for highly skilled migrants to enter the country
- Reform the path to Permanent Residency and the study-to-work-to-residency regime
- Increase the qualifying period for NZ Superannuation from 10 years to 25 years
Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell at the campaign launch.
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- Incorporate a pledge to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the Oath of Citizenship
- Make it easier for the parents of migrants to come to New Zealand
- Introduce a hardship pension for Pasifika people 65+ exempting them from the five-year waiting period
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