Posted on December 13 2022
Abstract: International Healthcare professionals would be welcomed in New Zealand under the new policy.
Earlier Doctors, Nurses, and Midwives were not eligible for the 'straight-to-residence pathway' of New Zealand. Come December 15, 2022 policies are set to change for international healthcare professionals.
New Zealand required an additional 10 million healthcare professionals to strengthen the healthcare system of the country.
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There are multiple changes made to immigration policies, as stated by the authorities of New Zealand. International healthcare professionals will be eligible for the 'straight-to-residence pathway'. They will also be able to enter the country through the new policies from December 15, 2022.
Healthcare professionals and especially nurses can avail of streamlined immigration, speedy residence in the country, and attractive income.
A record number of nurses have applied for employment in New Zealand.
In the country, 3474 nurses have arrived after the pandemic, and there are plans to attract more. New Zealand is formulating more convenient immigration pathways for healthcare professionals to move, work, and live in the country.
New Zealand is still facing a shortage in the workforce. The changes made for other sectors to address workforce shortages are given below:
Accreditation will be extended to employers as well who were not on the list previously.
New Zealand is among one of the countries experiencing the lowest inflation rate out of 38 countries of the OECD or Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The authorities in New Zealand have already approved over 94,000 roles for international professionals and 40,000 working holiday visas. It also witnesses a significant increase in the RSE or Recognized Seasonal Employer scheme in a decade.
The Specific Purpose visa is aimed at long-term workers who had a vital role to play during the pandemic but were not eligible for the Resident Visa of 2021.
The visa allows them to continue working in their current role for a maximum of 3 years.
The Open Work Visa is aimed at international individuals who had a Post Study Work Visa but were not able to use it during the pandemic. These individuals would be able to enter and work in the country for a maximum of 1 year if they do not already have another visa.
Some professions have been added to the Green List straight-to-residence path. The changes would be effective from March 2023. The professions are:
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