Andrew Little wants to strengthen the labour market with tests for work visas. This would involve, migrants on work visas to have to live and work in areas where there are skill shortages. Labour also proposes removing student job
search visas and cutting the courses for international students, e.g. hospitality etc. Labour would increase our refugee quota.
Metiria Turei and James Shaw support an appropriate and sustainable flow of migrants into New Zealand. They have not finalised the numbers but would increase the refugee quota.
David Seymour would continue to be pro-immigration. The party honours New Zealand heritage as a nation of immigrants, but would trim back on what they see as generous entitlements to migrants. This includes axing the ability for migrants to receive a pension after 10 years of residence.
Winston Peters is committed to a rigorous and strictly applied immigration policy. This party would strengthen Immigration New Zealand to give it the resources to accomplish this. They would introduce a cap on the number of older migrants permitted to stay, due to the impact on health and other services. They would remove the ability to prepurchase English language to by-pass minimum English language requirements.
NZ First have made well known their policy towards immigration, and have openly stated it will slash immigration numbers. Exactly what these numbers are is unknown.
Little is known about Peter Dunn’s immigration policies other than they would increase refugee quota to 1500.
TOP would remove the need for highly skilled migrants to have a job lined up before arriving in New Zealand. Gareth Morgan would reform the study to work residency pathway for foreign students.
They would develop a reciprocal business/unskilled visa, restrict Working Holiday visas, reform the points system and make permanent residency harder and longer to obtain.
TOP would increase the qualifying criteria for New Zealand superannuation to 25 years. They also state that they will relax the age limit restrictions.
Little information is available for Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell’s policy other than that migrants should become conversant with the Treaty of Waitangi.