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The recent data insights report of the Hospitality, Retail and Tourism sectors has shed light on the latest immigration trends as the country continues to rebound from the global disruptions of recent years.
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Introduced on May 23 2022, the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) has been a game-changer, streamlining the immigration process for migrant workers by replacing six temporary work visa categories. This original approach that includes Employer Accreditation, Job Check, and Work Visa Application stages, has geared a smoother transition for both employers and employees. The data reveals that Auckland and Bay of Plenty are leading the charge, accounting for 48% of visa approvals, with a significant portion of these visas granted to Retail Supervisors, Chefs, and Cooks. Out of 5,969 AEWV applications processed, 2,597 visas were approved, indicating a robust demand in these regions.
The report also highlights the global appeal of New Zealand’s Working Holiday Visas (WHV), with Germany, Great Britain, and France topping the list of nationalities for WHV approvals and arrivals. This uncapped scheme allows young individuals from countries like Belgium, Canada, and the United States to explore work and study opportunities in New Zealand, further enriching the cultural tapestry of the workforce.
Visitor visas have seen a small increase in approvals from China and India, highlighting the critical role they play in boosting New Zealand’s tourism industry. In addition, the NZeTA system, designed to streamline entry for visitors from visa waiver countries, approved over 905,033 applications, with the United States and United Kingdom leading the pack.
The 2021 Resident Visa category, aimed at those on a work visa or critical purpose visitor visa in New Zealand between September 30 2021 and July 31 2022, saw 106,424 applications received and 103,372 approved. This swift processing highlights the government’s commitment to supporting individuals contributing to the country’s economic recovery.
This insights report not only provides a snapshot of the current immigration landscape but also signals a positive upward boost for New Zealand’s hospitality, retail, and tourism sectors. With changes in data extraction methods aiming to enhance reporting accuracy, stakeholders are equipped with clear and precise information to navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead.