SOUTHERN MAN IMMIGRATION BLOG

INZ Short Of The Mark

September 13, 2013
Iain MacLeod

We have just ended the second year of the Government’s three year residence Programme.

They are woefully short of their targeted Visa issuance at the 2/3rd stage of 54,000 skilled migrants and this has serious implications on the labour market, available skills and honesty about its intentions.

According to its own public statements the Government plans (and planned) on issuing 85,000 Skilled migrant Resident Visas by the end of June 2014.

That’s 27,000 plus or minus 10% every 12 months.

They issued 18,000 in the first year.

Here we are shortly after the end of year two. How many Resident Visas have been granted this year?

Another 18,000.

So whereas the Government stated it wanted to issue 54,000 Resident Visas (plus or minus 10%) they have granted just over 36,000.

Now you might think ‘who cares?’

Well I do. All those thousands of people every year who file Expressions of Interest with a view to obtaining residence because they have 100 points or more are never told that the Government has absolutely no intention of selecting them, inviting them to apply for residence or granting them residence.

Each Expression of Interest costs NZ$510 (that’s about US$460) and there is no warning by INZ that to be selected applicants really need to meet one of the following points profiles

  • 100 points or more including an offer of skilled employment
  • 140 points (which usually includes an offer of employment but doesn’t always)
  • 135 points with at least 15 bonus points for six years or more of work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage.

All those people with 100 points or more who do not meet one of the profiles above are, without doubt, wasting their money – the Government of New Zealand has no intention whatsoever of selecting them from the Pool.

I have no doubt that they will stick to the same level of approval in this the third year of the Residence programme. That will, by June next year, mean New Zealand has missed out on around 25,000 people the Government has included in its target.

A great many of those 25,000 did try, they did file Expressions of Interest – the Government simply never told them that in doing so, they were wasting their money.

Is that fraudulent? Taking money off someone who has no chance of getting what they are told they are paying for?

If it isn’t fraud it is certainly less than honest.

I am convinced the Government moved from a 12 month target of skilled migrant visas they wished to issue to a thirty six month one in order to deflect accusations that they were cutting the numbers. There is no other explanation for it.

They can publicly deny cutting but when you have lost (at the end of three years) 25,000 people those are serious numbers indeed.

There is no doubt that as a Licensed Adviser if we take money off a client who has no chance of getting what they think they are paying for we can lose our licences. As we should.

So how does the Government get away with it?

Because they are the Government I guess. This makes our input so much more valuable as we are able to guide those who have enough points to file Expressions of interest but who will never be successful, not to bother or to find an alternative strategy.

I am about to board a plane to Malaysia to give a seminar tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur and then in Singapore next weekend.

One of my key messages will be to ensure that there is a strategy in place that should work to gain the Resident Visa clients seek with a high degree of probability.

Our philosophy has always been that morally we owe this to our potential clients given the enormous emotional, logistical and financial investment that is migration, and to ensure that people are not wasting their time, energy and investment.

Pity the New Zealand Government isn’t as honest.

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