16 Jul 2021

Low-wage essential skills visas extended to two years

From Morning Report, 8:23 am on 16 July 2021

Essential Skills visas for migrants who make less than $27 an hour will be made valid for two years.

The 12-month extension, which takes effect on Monday, will apply to at least 18,000 visa holders.

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi says the longer visa is designed to ease employers' hiring and retention pains, particularly those in the agricultural sector.