New Zealand’s National party has accused the government of the country of being too passive about helping a group much needed Chinese workers get the visa.
A group of 50 Chinese construction workers who incurred thousands of dollars to enter New Zealand was left without stable jobs for months. As a remedy, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) promised to help them get new visas, but not one of them has received a new visa since the promise was made earlier in the year.
Addressing the situation, a manager at INZ, Michael Carley, said they have not been able to deliver on the promise because none of the men has been to meet the requirements to get another work visa in the country.
High demand for construction workers
Reacting to the situation, Michael Woodhouse – immigration spokesperson for National Party – revealed his concern about how long it is taking the government to do something about the workers.
Woodhouse said the government would be able to get the workers a variation of the promise give them the opportunity of working for other employers given the high demand for the country workers in the country. He said he did expect it to take the government this long because it is a customary process that happens all the time.
They should be told if there are no longer jobs for them in New Zealand, he said.
The Chinese workers have already approached the New Zealand Employment Relations Authority, but the agreement has the opportunity with all parties involved. Therefore, a limited visa will be given to workers who need to be in the country for ongoing investigations or court process, Carley said.
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