A further 32 health care roles will join an immigration fast track to help fill acute labour shortages, the Government announced today. The National Party supports the move but says it should have been done a long time ago.
The changes mean some overseas workers will have a more immediate path to residency in New Zealand – a so-called ‘Green List’. Immigration Minister Michael Wood and Health Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall made the announcement by joint statement.
Wood said it was vital New Zealand’s immigration settings presented a competitive offer to attract health workers to New Zealand. He said the Government had listened to the health sector and the changes ensured immigration settings were “as helpful and competitive as possible.” Source