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Prime Minister’s First Comments About Immigration “disappointing” And “ill-informed”

Monday, 18 December 2023, 2:15 pm | Aaron Martin

Principal immigration Lawyer at New Zealand Immigration Law, Aaron Martin, is “disappointed” what the Prime Minister had to say in his first public comments about immigration. “I thought we were listening to a Labour Party broadcast from the Great Immigration ... More >>

The Hidden Pitfall: Why Removing The 90-Day Trial Undermines Accredited Employer Reforms

Friday, 22 September 2023, 9:18 am | Aaron Martin

By Aaron Martin, Principal Lawyer at New Zealand Immigration Law In response to ongoing investigations of exploited migrant workers, Immigration Minister Andrew Little recently rolled out new measures designed to protect exploited migrant workers. ... More >>

Government's Wage Inflation: A Vicious Cycle

Wednesday, 6 September 2023, 4:11 pm | Aaron Martin

The New Zealand government recently revealed an increase in the median wage to NZD $31.61 an hour, effective from February 2024. This change will impact various visa categories, including the Accredited Employer Visa and the Skilled Migrant Residence ... More >>

All Migrant Employers Will Need To Be Accredited By 2024

Wednesday, 7 June 2023, 10:11 am | Aaron Martin

Opinion piece Aaron Martin, New Zealand Immigration law. The government has announced that in 2024, they will want all employers of migrant workers to hold Accredited Employer status. These new requirements would include migrant workers with open work ... More >>

Government Tightens Work Rights For Partners Of Work Visa Holders

Tuesday, 6 June 2023, 11:54 am | Aaron Martin

Opinion piece Aaron Martin, Immigration Lawyer at NZIL With new restrictions in place for partners of work visa holders, the landscape of New Zealand’s labour market is set to change. Principal lawyer at NZIL, Aaron Martin, gives his opinion ... More >>

Post-Accreditation Audits Highlight Risks For Employers Who Took Advantage Of Easy Application Process

Friday, 21 April 2023, 8:21 am | Aaron Martin

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) recent announcement of initiating post-accreditation audits for Accredited Work Visa employers should put accredited employers on high alert. When the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) ... More >>

Government Filling A Financial Advisor Role With New Visa Rules

Tuesday, 22 November 2022, 9:28 am | Aaron Martin

The government overhauled its Migrant Investor Visa category this year in a bid to attract more wealthy migrants to New Zealand. The new Active Investor Plus visa category is also aimed at boosting New Zealand businesses, with more weighting given to direct ... More >>

Turning Our Backs On Top Talent

Friday, 9 September 2022, 10:02 am | Aaron Martin

While other countries are pulling out the stops to attract global talent to their shores, the New Zealand Government seems to think we can manage without it. It’s a decision based on archaic thinking, and it will cost our economy dearly. The Green ... More >>

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 >>





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