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The Job Check Process – Is It Really A Trojan Horse?

Monday, 4 July 2022, 10:00 am | Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin, Principal immigration lawyer, New Zealand Immigration Law The Job Check has been introduced to ensure that there are no suitable New Zealanders who can do a job before it is offered to a migrant worker. But it comes with a requirement ... More >>

Labour’s Immigration Policy Fails To Tackle The Real Issues

Monday, 9 May 2022, 9:38 am | Aaron Martin

Even before COVID, what was being said by business was that the demand for workers was across all sectors and bands of employment. However, the government policies are purely focused on making it easier for highly skilled migrants to gain work and ... More >>

What Is The Government’s Secret Agenda For Immigration?

Friday, 25 February 2022, 12:02 pm | Aaron Martin

The great immigration reset announced mid-2021, but never implemented, is now being repackaged as a “rebalance”. In a heavily redacted Cabinet paper titled “Long-term Direction for the Immigration Portfolio: a rebalance” The immigration minister ... More >>

Opening NZ’s Borders… The Devil In The Detail

Friday, 4 February 2022, 2:46 pm | Aaron Martin

The Government has just announced a five-step plan to reopen New Zealand’s borders, starting on 27 February. It’s great news that will bring a lot of relief to New Zealand citizens stuck overseas, but for employers desperately waiting for migrant ... More >>

More Border Exemptions – But No MIQ Spots

Tuesday, 14 December 2021, 9:00 am | Aaron Martin

Opinion piece: Aaron Martin Immigration Lawyer NZIL The government has again announced more border exemptions for skilled workers in demand- but with no details on who is eligible and how they will get through MIQ, is this announcement just another ... More >>

Testing Times Ahead For Employers

Wednesday, 8 December 2021, 10:42 am | Aaron Martin

New Zealand businesses wanting to employ migrant workers already have complicated laws and processes to navigate, but new details just released from Immigration New Zealand pertaining to the labour market test (LMT) is going make the employment process ... More >>

NZ Primary Industry About To Lose Big

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 8:57 am | Aaron Martin

A new visa scheme offering 3 years in Australia to agricultural workers threatens to crush NZ’s primary sector. Opinion piece: Immigration Lawyer Aaron Martin from NZIL Australians must be laughing at our immigration woes. The Australian government ... More >>

Modified Isolation Is Great News, But Who Will Foot The Bill?

Thursday, 12 August 2021, 4:46 pm | Aaron Martin

As the government unveils its plan to trial self-isolation instead of MIQ, making businesses pay to quarantine offshore workers entering the country appears likely. When COVID first showed up on our shores, we went hard and we went early. The strategy? ... More >>

“Make Hay” While INZ Makes Up Its Mind

Friday, 30 July 2021, 10:19 am | Aaron Martin

A message to employers of migrant workers: Mandatory accreditation is coming, and the time to prepare is now. Here’s what you should be doing… We’ve been hearing about the Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme since early last year, but the latest ... More >>

Is Popular Opinion Driving Immigration Policies?

Monday, 19 July 2021, 10:56 am | Aaron Martin

Immigration Minister Faafoi throws employers and migrant workers a bone, but the last-minute changes to INZ policy are, as usual, self-serving and short-sighted. The government has just announced that it will extend visas for 18,000 lower-paid ... More >>

Standard Vs High-volume Accreditation Rules Are Confusing

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 10:59 am | Aaron Martin

A major source of confusion is that standard and high-volume accreditation are defined by the number of migrant workers hired at any one time. But it’s not clear what an employer should do when staff numbers increase, necessitating a change in accreditation ... More >>

Trans-Tasman Bubble Offers Employers An Unexpected Silver Lining

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 9:42 am | Aaron Martin

While the excitement about being able to travel is understandable, the trans-Tasman bubble has another major impact that hasn’t yet gotten much press: the potential boost to New Zealand employers starved of skills due to COVID border closures. From ... More >>

Visa Changes Short-sighted And Will Detriment Employers And Migrants

Friday, 10 July 2020, 9:12 am | Aaron Martin

Significant changes to immigration rules around work visas have recently been announced by Immigration New Zealand and the New Zealand Government. These changes have supposedly been set up to “preserve and prioritise future job opportunities for New Zealanders” ... More >>

Unfair Labour Market Testing Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 12:06 pm | Aaron Martin

  Opinion Piece: Aaron Martin , principal immigration lawyer for NZIL This week sees more adverse treatment of migrant workers from Immigration New Zealand in the wake of COVID-19. As of the 13th of May Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has ... More >>

What The Government Could Be Doing To Help Migrants Right Now

Friday, 12 June 2020, 2:49 pm | Aaron Martin

The New Zealand Government could be doing a lot more to help overseas and onshore migrants right now. If you’re going to be asking other countries to help and be kind to New Zealand migrants stuck in their country; as NZ PM Jacinda Ardern did ... More >>

New Immigration Laws Ignore The Plight Of Offshore Migrants

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 5:22 pm | Aaron Martin

Yesterday the government announced temporary changes to the Immigration Act to allow more flexibility to manage visa changes for the large numbers of migrants who are unable to leave New Zealand. Leading immigration lawyer Aaron Martin explains the ... More >>

Migrant Workers Deserve Better

Wednesday, 15 April 2020, 8:36 am | Aaron Martin

For years ‘low-skilled workers’ (as they are classed by the immigration system) have been doing the jobs New Zealanders don’t want to do. But as we have all discovered during the lockdown, ‘low-skilled’ does not mean ‘unimportant’. Many low-skilled ... More >>

Automatic 3-month Visa Extension Granted For Every Migrant

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 12:04 pm | Aaron Martin

Leading immigration lawyer Aaron Martin assesses the impact of the announcement of the epidemic notice for migrants. Immigration New Zealand announced that the government epidemic management notice relating to immigration matters comes into effect on 2 ... More >>

Coronavirus: What Is The Impact For New Zealand’s Migrant Workforce?

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 9:30 am | Aaron Martin

Leading immigration lawyer Aaron Martin highlights the need to act to protect the migrant workforce and give them certainty about their work status in New Zealand. People who are currently in New Zealand on a temporary work visa and applying for ... More >>

New Work Visa Thresholds Another Blow To Migrant Workers…

Friday, 20 December 2019, 2:15 pm | Aaron Martin

Aaron Martin , leading New Zealand Immigration Lawyer shares his thoughts about the government’s announcement to once again increase the renumeration thresholds for work and residence visas. More >>