1 Apr 2020

Immigration Minister outlines visa changes to help workforce

From Nine To Noon, 9:34 am on 1 April 2020

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A rest home nurse helping an elderly patient.

A rest home nurse helping an elderly patient. Photo: PHOTO NZ (file)

The government is moving to relax visa requirements for migrant workers to help ease workforce shortages in certain sectors.

But the aged care sector says the changes need to go further.Those on temporary work, student, visitor, interim and limited visas have had an extension til September 25.

Those already working in supermarkets will be allowed to work on different roles, and to work longer hours without adjusting their visa.

In the health sector,  migrant workers in the healthcare and aged care sectors who were subject to a stand down period this year, will now be able to continue working here for another year.

Students working in the healthcare and aged care sectors part-time will also be able to work full time for 3 months.

Kathryn speaks with the Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway and the Aged Care Association's CEO Simon Wallace.