Immigration NZ Policy Shift Impacts Trucking and Bus Industry

Michael Yoon
Principal Immigration Lawyer
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Transporting New Zealand voices concerns over Immigration NZ's move to exclude truck and bus drivers from the Work to Residence Pathway. Impact on Green List Jobs could lead to higher costs for businesses and families. Contact Immigration Lawyer NZ for any questions.

Well, here we go again. The recent shocker news from Immigration New Zealand has businesses and the economic pundits on high alert. The decision to lock truck and bus drivers out of the Work to Residence Pathway is ringing alarm bells across sectors, and frankly, it feels like we're watching a slow-motion car crash.

You know, just last Sunday, we heard that drivers applying for an Accredited Employer Work Visa are now out in the cold when it comes to seeking a Transport Work to Residence Visa. A crucial incentive wiped off the map. And it doesn't stop there. Eighteen roles have been scratched off the 'Green List'—a list that was essentially a fast track to residency for crucial jobs in construction and infrastructure.

Now, why does this matter to you, to me, to all of us? Transporting New Zealand's Billy Clemens hits the nail right on the head. He says this pathway was a key lure to snag highly skilled workers in an international market that's tighter than a drum. Without it, local businesses just can't compete.

But wait, there's more. The national civil construction and engineering body, Civil Contractors New Zealand, they're up in arms too. Their big boss, Alan Pollard, warns that with these changes, massive infrastructure projects—the ones governments love to promise—are in jeopardy. We're talking roads, water networks, cyclone recovery works. All potentially stalled.

And what's the government's stance? Tight-lipped. Transport Minister Simeon Brown, no comment. It seems they've left businesses and industry experts scratching their heads, wondering what's next.

Here's the thing—these aren't just numbers on a page in INZ news. These are jobs, these are lives, these are projects that matter to every single one of us. Roads we drive on, water we drink, safety measures we rely on in disasters. And if those skilled hands aren't there to make it happen, who suffers? We all do.

Now, I'm not just pointing fingers for the sake of it. The folks at Civil Contractors are calling for a dialogue, a chance to reverse or at least delay these changes. They want solutions, not roadblocks. And honestly, it's high time for some straight answers and a bit of common sense in policy-making. Because at the end of the day, if our workers aren't secure, neither are our roads, our homes, or our future.

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Michael Yoon
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Michael has been working as a lawyer in New Zealand since 2006. Over the years, he has successfully helped thousands of clients to get their desired outcome. Clients find Michael knowledgeable, approachable and professional — a trusted expert.
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