New Zealand Launches A New Recovery Visa
A new ‘Recovery visa’ was introduced by the New Zealand government on 24 February 2023. The launch of this new visa aims to attract specialist migrant workers to help recover from Cyclone Gabrielle and other weather events that recently occurred in North Islands, devastating businesses and communities.
Employers can use the Recovery visa to recruit workers on a short-term basis to rebuild and recover. Experts, including technicians, engineers, and insurance assessors, are in high demand. Furthermore, the government confirmed that all applications would be processed within a week, and applicants would receive a visa for a starting period of 6 months. Surprisingly, employers will no longer have to fulfill the resident labour market test criteria.
Don’t forget that New Zealand has introduced similar visas in the past as an emergency response to natural disasters. For instance, several new immigration routes were launched after the Auckland flooding incident and the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes.
Other than providing emergency response, here are the support facilities New Zealand is looking for because of the extreme weather events that occurred in January and February.
- Instant clean-up
- Assessing loss or risk
- Infrastructure planning, repairing, and housing stabilization
Plus, New Zealand needs workers to produce materials needed to rebuild roads, along with transport drivers and more.
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