Migrants bring skills, capital and connections and they make New Zealand an even better place, providing opportunities and creating jobs for all New Zealanders, and helping our economy to grow.
We are focused on ensuring highly skilled and talented individuals are prioritised for work visas, and that the quality of inward migration supports the economy and labour market.
We are attracting workers for growing industries like horticulture and viticulture, IT, and construction. Immigration also underpins tourism and export education – two of our biggest export industries.
We have recently raised the standard for gaining residence and prioritised access for higher-skilled migrants, ensuring we strike the right balance between attracting skilled workers and managing demand in a period of strong growth and low unemployment.