Farmers in Southland have been urged to make inputs about ways to lighten the process for migrants to get work visas to address the shortage of labor in the region. Southland had been dubbed the area with the worst effect of the labor shortage in New Zealand by top immigration experts.
The floor was thrown open in November to the public and farmers as well by way of a public consultation to make their inputs on the recommendations made for six categories of temporary work visas for essential skills. These skills under review include those essential skills in Demand Lists. The public consultation will end on the 18th of March.
The dairy sector in Southland, New Zealand, is suffering a big challenge in getting manpower. This makes the issue of a national work visa regional workforce planning consultation.
Richard Kyte, who is the regional leader of Dairy NZ in Southland and South Otago said that the shortages in manpower in the region are a profound challenge. He also added that Dairy NZ will be speaking on behalf of farmers in the region and presenting their views on the matter requiring their opinion.
New Zealand’s immigration policy drive immigrants away
The dairy group chairman of Southland Federated Farmers, Hadleigh Germann, noted that among their many challenges, the most urgent was the lack of qualified staff. He went further to say that recent government policies only made their efforts in getting skilled immigrant workers more difficult. Other countries have stolen the attention of most of the prospective immigrants with their more attractive and friendly immigration policies.
Holders of New Zealand’s low-skilled worker visa are required by the country’s immigration policy to stand down after three years. This means that after three consecutive years of obtaining the country’s one-year visas, the holder will have to leave the country for a year.
The New Zealander government intends to start implementing the visa stand-down by August 2020.
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