13 Sep 2013

Samoan PM calls for job search visas for quota migrants to NZ

12:39 pm on 13 September 2013

Samoa's prime minister wants New Zealand to introduce job search visas to help fill Samoa's special immigration quota.

New Zealand has repeatedly failed to fill all 11-hundred places in recent years, and has again fallen short in the latest quota by 162 places.

Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says those picked from the annual quota ballot need more help to find a job in New Zealand so they can qualify for residency.

"Well I had suggested that the bread winner be allowed to come and look for a job here[in New Zealand] for 3 months and when there is a certainty of a job then he can go back and bring the family."

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Immigration New Zealand's Pacific area manager, Rex Heesterman, says they sometimes give temporary visas for job interviews, but there's no policy to allow hundreds of people in to look for a job.