Govt adopts National’s COVID Contribution policy

PRESS RELEASE | Erica Stanford MP | 30 September 2021 -

Govt adopts National’s COVID Contribution policy

Today’s announcement from the Government is a retreat from its earlier position to drastically limit immigration to now adopting National’s COVID Contribution policy, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says.

“After wasting four years Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has finally realised that with the tightest labour market in more than 40 years, low unemployment and a global bidding war for talented workers Kiwis businesses desperately need our valuable skilled migrants to stay.”

The Government has adopted the main elements of National’s policy announced on August 4 including:

  • Creating a pathway to residence for those migrants who have stuck with us through the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Creating a fast-tracked, streamlined process for residence applications to quickly clear the backlog

  • Offering a pathway to residence to attract critical workers in to New Zealand

  • Prioritising families with adult children

  • Prioritising critical healthcare workers

“While this is a good move, why did it take Mr Faafoi so long to solve the problem? We know of some highly skilled migrants, such as Ōtaki doctor Harding Richards, who simply gave up and left the country, but how many more examples are there?

“It is unacceptable that delays in processing resid