So now we know why the Government suddenly tightened immigration rules, this latest scandal…
Immigration New Zealand is investigating a cash for fake jobs scam, where business owners are offered bribes to help students acquire visas.
In some cases, fake businesses are being set up to cheat the system.
The deal is simple – a cash payment for a fake job.
“I have been approached in the past by independents or middlemen offering us money – I would call it a bribe from my perspective,” says David Hallett, IT Professionals Waikato chairman.
“Perhaps from their perspective it’s more an inducement to hire staff, or at least bring staff on to our companies.”
Mr Hallett, who’s the director of Hamilton-based software firm Company X, refused the offer – but says he was promised $20,000 in cash.
The deal was he just had to make it look like he’d hired an individual who was trying to extend his visa, so his immigration paperwork looked genuine.
“He had a stack of cash available to him, and the implication was that if I was happy to do this, he would organise cash for me as a payment that was not traceable,” says Mr Hallett.
…the Government would have known that this was about to break and so rushed around to implement a needlessly vile element of the immigration policy and cut migrants off from their families.
The problem here is a poorly funded Immigration Service that can in no way keep up with the 220 000 student and work visa applications that have been approved this year alone! This 220 000 strong migrant workforce is being exploited while lowering the price for local labourers while exacerbating the housing crisis.
Window dressing to stop migrant families from being together isn’t just meaningless, it’s cruel and it still doesn’t do anything to deal with the problem of this massive exploited migrant work force.