Labour are not deviating from the housing crisis and have launched a stinging policy that finally cauterises the foreign student rort…
Immigration restrictions on overseas students rorting the visa scheme as a “backdoor entry” into New Zealand could reduce immigration by up to 30,000, Labour says.
The party has unveiled a major new immigration policy, which proposes tightening rules to limit student visas, remove work visas for some international graduates without job offers at the end of their course and regionalise the occupation list for all work visas.
“Closing off the ability to work during and after study for people who do low-level courses will stop backdoor immigration,” leader Andrew Little said.
…this rort has been allowing foreign students to pretend to get an education here (some of these programmes are incredibly questionable) so that they can immediately start working towards residency. They take jobs from locals and they exacerbate the rental market.
It’s about time someone actually stood up and called it the scam that it is.
Good to see Labour are finally making some inroads on this. The only issue is that this must be cuts moving forward, and those who are currently involved require amnesty.
We will still allow students to come here, but the quality of study must be far higher than the joke it currently is…
Current immigration settings had “the perverse effect that a 23-year-old with a New Zealand diploma and three years’ experience in retail can get more points towards residency than a 45-year-old oncologist who wants to migrate here”.
“A third of international students studying at private training establishments say they plan to work or seek residency here after study,” Little said.