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Indians may be affected by New Zealand immigration rules

ANI  |  Wellington [New Zealand] 

has announced that it is introducing regulations that make it tougher for skilled overseas workers to get jobs in the country as it tries to control immigration numbers that have reached an all-time high.

The decision will have an impact on Indian workers living in

The Pacific island nation is following and the U.S. in introducing tougher requirements for skilled overseas workers.

New Zealand's Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said that the is unapologetic that that firms are finding it harder to recruit people from abroad, local media reports said.

"We are absolutely committed to the principle of Kiwis first," he said.

Woodhouse said the changes would control the number and improve the quality of immigrants.

According to the changes proposed by the government, foreign workers earning less than USD 49,000 would not be allowed to stay in for more than three years.

Under the new changes, an immigrant worker to get qualified as skilled will need to get a job in which they earn at least the median income and to qualify as highly skilled, they will need to earn at least 150 percent of the median income.

Woodhouse said the changes would control the number and improve the quality of immigrants.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 11:44 IST
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