You may think that New Zealand's immigration system is not
relevant to you or your business. Alternatively, if you have been
involved with an immigration application, you may have found it
frustrating, expensive and time-consuming. Also, because of the
news in Europe, you could see immigration as a problem and one that
is unlikely to be of benefit to you or your business.
Despite the way it is portrayed in the media, immigration is not
a bad thing. It certainly does not pose an inherent risk to us or
to New Zealand as a whole. In fact, we should be proud. New
Zealand's immigration system is one of the best, if not the
best, in the world. This system, as well as the migrants
themselves, has brought enormous benefits to New Zealand.
Immigration brings growth and development.
How can my business benefit from migration?
The benefits of hiring a migrant are greater than that of simply
filling a gap in your workforce.
Employees from different backgrounds bring new ideas and
generate new ways to get the job done. This will make your business
more resilient and give you the competitive edge. Your customers
will benefit. Your workplace will also benefit because the common
bond will be getting the job done, not just a shared ethnic
New Zealand's history shows us what is achieved by welcoming
in those from outside. Our country is what it is today because its
citizens are all migrants from various backgrounds, whether they
arrived yesterday or 800 years ago. A great many of New
Zealand's "home-grown" large businesses were started
by someone who had immigrated here. For example the parents of
Woolf Fisher and Maurice Paykel who founded Fisher and Paykel or
Assis Abraham Corban, the founder of Corbans wines.
There is plenty of research and assistance in this area to help
you and your management team make an informed decision about the
benefits of employing a diverse workforce. A good place to start is
What about the risks?
The real risk to your business is not engaging a more
diverse workforce, because your competitors will.
Many employers believe that a migrant will not be able to adapt
to New Zealand. Or, they worry that a migrant would not be able to
communicate with his or her colleagues. The evidence does not
support this. In fact, London School of Economics research has
shown that people who move to another country are, by their very
nature, a self-selected group with initiative and the ability to
adapt to a new environment. In other words, by employing someone
from overseas you are already hiring someone with initiative and a
If we encourage migration, won't we have problems like
The people who are crossing the borders into Western Europe are
doing so because they cannot live in their home countries, mainly
due to war, such as the civil war in Syria. They also cannot live
in the refugee camps. International donors have not provided the UN
with promised funds to feed or provide medical treatment to
refugees. For example, the most vulnerable refugees in Lebanon have
just $13 a month for food and the rations of some, living in camps
in Chad, will cease at the end of this year. Therefore, many people
are left with little option other than to take great risks to
travel across the Mediterranean or overland to Europe to get to
safety, obtain food and/or medical treatment. Most of them would
happily return to live in their own homes if they could do so.
The number of people in this situation is now greater than at
the end of World War Two. Yet even then, when New Zealand did not
enjoy such economic prosperity as now, we offered homes to at least
2000 people. People coming to New Zealand from unrest overseas have
made significant contributions to New Zealand. There is no doubt
that the people we welcome could also become great assets to
Where do I start?
If you wish to grow the diversity in your business by employing
someone from abroad, the first step is to identify a potential
candidate. This may mean looking at adopting a more thorough
recruitment process, particularly as you may need to show you
cannot find a suitable New Zealand citizen for the job to ease
the immigration process.
Once you have identified a candidate, you and/or the candidate
may need immigration assistance, which is what we are experts in.
We can certainly ensure that the process is not frustrating,
expensive or time-consuming for you or your new employee.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)is the category that most people use to apply for residence.
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