From 26th of November, 2018, New Zealand promises to end employer-assisted exploitation for visa, especially for the post-study work permit. This will not only be a sigh of relief for the current students but also for those who are post-study work permit holder presently, as they can now set out to claim 3 years of open PSW visa, without the need of an employer-sponsor.
In the context of the PWS rights, NZ’s officials took up the task to do away with the most prominent form of exploitation and torture. According to the PIE News, Immigration Minister of New Zealand, Iain Lees-Galloway addressed a press conference to break out the news and said that,
“The government has listened and acted on the feedback received in over 2,000 submissions. Our changes to post-study work rights will boost New Zealand’s economy, reduce student exploitation and promote our regional education offerings. We’re very mindful that polytechnics, in particular, who are based in the regions, but also PTEs, need an opportunity to transition to make sure they do have that absolutely sharp focus on the skills needed, particularly in their region. We want to get rid of employer-assisted visa because we think that’s a source of exploitation. Let’s just replace it with three years overall.”
Under this new arrangement, Level 4-6 students, that is those who have studied at least a 60 weeks course, will receive a 1-year open visa. On the other hand, those with a Level 7, which a Bachelor’s degree and above, will receive a 3 year open visa. Therefore, in complete contrast to the old PSW rules, that got you less employment rights but at a greater cost of an employer-assisted work visa, now you get complete rights, based on the duration of your course.
Welcoming the new laws, John Diggins, the Head Deputy Chief Executive at Early Childhood New Zealand, added that,
“From our perspective, they enable initial education providers to attract suitable international students who can then come to study a graduate diploma. We know we are competing for international students with other countries like Canada. We’re facing a critical shortage of early childhood teachers in New Zealand, so we are really pleased this is one step toward to a system in the process and we’re pleased from a consultation perspective we were listened to and these changes were made. The frame that we’re looking at that through is ‘what are our opportunities to adjust our setting to improve outcomes for those students.”