New Zealanders will be first in line for Canterbury rebuild
jobs after a new visa rule which comes into effect today.
The new rule means visa applications to fill "most jobs" in
Canterbury won't be processed until a check has been done to
ensure there are no suitable New Zealanders to fill the
"The rule also benefits employers because it streamlines the
visa process," Immigration Minister Nathan Guy said.
"Employers will know sooner if a visa application for a
migrant worker is likely to succeed."
From today, employers must register vacancies for trades,
clerical and manual occupations in Canterbury with the
Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub before they supported a
visa application for a migrant to fill the vacancy.
If there were suitable New Zealanders available to do the
job, the Skills Hub would help put the employer in touch with
"If there are not, the Skills Hub will confirm this in a
letter that can be sent to Immigration New Zealand along with
a visa application for a migrant to be considered to fill the
vacancy," Mr Guy said.
"The letter means Immigration New Zealand will no longer
perform a labour market check (including a referral to Work
and Income) as this job will already have been performed by
the Skills Hub.
"This will speed up the visa processing time for employers
and help towards the rebuild effort."
The rule change affected most jobs in Canterbury, including
trades, clerical and manual jobs.
It did not affect highly skilled occupations, or occupations
on the Canterbury Skills Shortage List.