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NZ Government backs down on immigration policy changes

Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has just announced a lowering of the previously-announced salary thresholds announced in April.

Lower skilled visa holders on less than $41,538 a year will get visas for a maximum of three years and will have a stand down period before they can apply for another low-skilled visa. This only applies to temporary visas. Low-skilled migrants’ partners and children will have to qualify for visas in their own right to live in New Zealand. Migrants who earn between $41,538 a year and $73,299 in jobs classified as high to medium skilled will be considered mid-skilled. The higher threshold remains the same as announced in April: those who earn more than $73,299 will be considered high-skilled, regardless of the job they have and will have a pathway to residence. What does this change for you? Check your eligibity now Source: