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South African’s amongst the most successful at obtaining Kiwi work visas

New Zealand has revealed that South Africans are amongst the most successful migrant nations at obtaining a kiwi work visa having doubled their popularity amongst Kiwi- employers in the last 12 years.

South African’S Amongst The Most Successful At Obtaining Kiwi Work Visas

New data has revealed that South Africans are now more successful at obtaining a New Zealand work visa than their Asian migrant counterparts. Asian migrants have for a number of years dominated when it comes to successful New Zealand visa applications.


Analysts into immigration data found work visa arrivals increased from 16,787 in 2004 to 41,576 last year.

According to the New Zealand Herald an increase in the issuing of work visas to migrants are not driven by successful Asian applicants, as is often the case. Instead the top five source countries for work visas last year are the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, South Africa and the USA.

One source which has seen a huge increase in work visas is South Africa, rising from 2.5 per cent in 2004 to 5.5 per cent last year.

"The South African arrivals remain cyclical and the numbers arriving will reflect certain push factors as well as the fact that there is now a well-settled local community," said Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley.

Between 2004 and last year, the Philippines increased from 0.4 per cent to 4.5 per cent, or from 71 to 1871 work visas.

The United Kingdom, which made up 16.6 per cent of work visas issued, has twice as many as those of Germany on 8.8 per cent.

The government last week announced changes to policy to tighten immigration, focusing on changes in the work visa skilled migrant category.

Despite China and India being among the biggest source countries for permanent residents, they are not among the top five for direct migrant workers.

Spoonley said migrant from Asian countries were less likely to get direct access to New Zealand on skilled work visa.

"They are more likely to transition to permanent residence through temporary work and study visa routes using options such as the transition to work provisions," said Professor Spoonley, an expert on immigration.

An increase in work visas pushed net migration to a record 70,600 last year.


These findings come on the back of Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse’s visa requirement changes announced in April. The changes, the Kiwi government said, were aimed at increasing the quality of migrants, and not reducing numbers.

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