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Work visa adjustments will "bring back in the teeth" - Immigration Minister

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Publish Date
Fri, 1 Mar 2024, 9:22AM
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Work visa adjustments will "bring back in the teeth" - Immigration Minister

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 1 Mar 2024, 9:22AM

The Immigration Minister is looking to push forward with urgent changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme. 

It follows the Public Service Commission review which found Immigration NZ had insufficient checks and balances to prevent migrant exploitation. 

Erica Stanford told Mike Hosking that her Government can fix it, starting with urgent alterations to the work visa scheme itself.  

She says they'll then take a long hard look at the process through an upcoming review. 

But, Stanford adds, in the meantime she's taking a paper to Cabinet to bring back the teeth they used to have. 

She adds the current high trust model means she can't push or pull immigration numbers. 

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