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'There's been some pretty direct feedback' – Bill English may tweak immigration proposal after backlash

In April the Government announced plans to crack down on overseas workers by making big changes to the Skilled Migrant Visa, but after criticism from regional employers and Canterbury mayors, it may be considering a u-turn.

The changes would mean raising the minimum median annual income requirement to $48,859, make it harder for families of workers to enter the country, and those on temporary work visas who earn less than the median income could only work for three years before a stand-down period. 

However critics in industries such as hospitality and farming say it is already hard enough to source workers. 

Prime Minister Bill English said on TVNZ 1's Breakfast he wants the "right balance of skills".

"There's work there, plenty of jobs, they're doing their best to recruit Kiwis where they can, but there's still gaps and they need the skills and are a bit concerned some of the rules are a bit tight."

He said there was a strong demand for workers, but they "also want to make sure New Zealanders get the jobs they should be able to get".  

Mr English said the incoming changes would not be scrapped, but they would listen to the feedback given. 

The new plan will be revealed in the next few weeks. 

There were fears the Government's plans may affect industries like hospitality. Source: Breakfast