New labor policy to hit Filipino workers in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND – Paul Gatchalian is a Filipino working as a technical sales representative in New Zealand for more than a year now.

Gatchalian said he has not experienced any difficulty in finding work in the said country as he is an international student.

Such is the case also of another Filipino migrant worker, Michael Valle, who finished a course in business studies and now has a stable job.

Valle said he needed P500,000 for his one year tuition, aside from the expenses for his rent and food.

Despite a number of opportunities and high salary, they advise job seekers to be wise and weigh in the possibilities before applying, especially these days.

Gatchalian, who has a 1 year visa said, “Yung batas ng immigration [dito sa New Zealand] medyo mahigpit. Kaya bago po kayo pumasok dito kailangan alamin muna natin ang batas nila sa immigration para hindi tayo mahirapan (The immigration laws here are very strict. So before you come here. Know their laws on immigration first so you won’t have any difficulty).”

Michael Valle, holder of open job search visa, said, “Dapat pag-isipan mabuti ng isang migrante bago pumunta sa bansang ito… ano yung mga requirements na kailangan mo magamit o madala para maging eligible ka sa ganung antas ng sahod (Those who want to come here must think about it thoroughly first… you must know the requirements you need to bring so you can be eligible for the level of salary offered here).”

New Zealand immigration minister, Michael Woodhouse, has announced recently the implementation of a new immigration policy.

This new policy requires the companies to prioritize the hiring of Kiwis or New Zealand nationals who are capable of the job they offer.

An employee, who is a prioritized skilled visa holder, will receive a yearly minimum income of 49, 000 NZ dollars or equivalent to 1.6 million pesos. While highly-skilled workers can get an annual income of 73,000 NZ dollars or 2.5 million pesos.

The processing of temporary visa will begin in August while the implementation of minimum annual wage will start in July. — Nina Bascon| UNTV News & Rescue

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