19 May 2020

Coronavirus: Migrant worker in visa limbo after redundancy

From Morning Report, 6:46 am on 19 May 2020

Queenstown migrant workers say they're stuck in limbo without more clarity on the sponsored working visa rules.

Up to 10,000 jobs are estimated to have been lost in the resort town with more expected to go after the wage subsidy ends.

English migrant worker Luisa Cardona was working on a sponsored visa at a hotel until she was made redundant last week.

That same day her landlord announced rent on their four person house would return to normal after it was reduced during lockdown.

Cardona told tourism reporter Tess Brunton she's got nothing coming in after the wage subsidy ends.