The employers in New Zealand are struggling when it comes to keep a foreign worker continue working with the business. The employers are asking the government to change the visa rules so that they can retain the services of foreign worker for three to five years. However, the immigration minister has responded by saying there is no need to change the immigration and visa rules.
The Employers and Manufacturers Association conducted a survey of the members and 518 employers responded. Immigration was the third issue from the top that was of concern to the employers. The employers seem to be unable to retain foreign workers as the visa would expire too soon and immigration department would not renew it.
The spokesperson of the Employers and Manufacturers Association, David Lowe, said that employers hire the local workers whenever they can. However, sometime they must hire the foreign nationals when they can not locally find the type of skills they are looking for. At the end of the year-long visa, the employers are forced to lose the foreign workers.
“When they go to review their visa, it’s declined. Both the migrant family and the employer have only really just got their feet under the table and that’s very frustrating for everybody,” said David Lowe.
New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse, however, says there is no need to make the changes.
Michael Woodhouse argued that foreign workers with skills genuinely short in the country can have the visa extended for longer periods. The Minister said,”For those skills that are in genuine shortage, it is possible to get visas for up to that period of time, particularly where the recent migrants are on a pathway to residence.”
The Minister further explained that government is making the visa application system available online to make the system simpler and easier for the employers.