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Migration Trends and Outlook 2007/08

APPENDIX A: TIMELINE OF IMMIGRATION POLICY CHANGES

This section features an update of the timeline of immigration policy changes reported in Migration Trends 2007/08. Table A1 details the major policy and legislative changes in 2008.

Mar-08

Temporary

Working Holiday Schemes


The Mexico Working Holiday Scheme is introduced. The requirement for an applicant to be ordinarily resident in their home country is removed from the:

Pacific Access

Samoan Quota Scheme

The minimum income requirement in the Samoan Quota Scheme is amended to reflect the increase in the unemployment benefit rate. The gross minimum income requirement is $29,897.92, which is based on the unemployment benefit (married and civil union rate) plus the maximum accommodation supplement (as set by the Government).

International/Humanitarian

Special Zimbabwe Residence Policy

The Special Zimbabwe Residence Policy ceased to be effective from 31 March 2008.

May-08

Skilled

Residence Policy

The annual salary requirement under the Residence Policy for holders of work permits granted under the Talent (Accredited Employers) Work Policy increases to $55,000 if the work to residence permit or visa application is made on or after 28 July 2008.


Jul-08

Residence Programme

Policy is amended to reflect Cabinet’s agreement to:

Residence Programme

Skilled Migrant Expression of Interest Pool; Skilled/ Business

Additional selection criteria maintained for the six months from 1 August 2008 to 31 January 2009 are:

  1. Expressions of Interest that include 15 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total)
  2. Expressions of Interest that include 10 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total)
  3. Expressions of Interest that include 10 points for work a qualification in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total)
  4. The points total of Expressions of Interest not meeting any of the criteria in (i)–(iii) (in descending order).

International/ Humanitarian

PAC

Applicants who are waiting for a decision under the Residual Quota Places Policy or Residual Pacific Access Category Place Policy application are granted further work permits that are valid to 30 September 2009.

Skilled Migrant

Essential Skills

The Essential Skills Work Policy is introduced to replace the General Work Policy.


Source

Immigration New Zealand. Operations Manual. Wellington: Immigration New Zealand Operations Manual. Available at: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/
migrant/general/generalinformation/
operationsmanual (version as at 13 January 2008).