How many people are granted skilled work visas for NZ?

Employers in many industries say they would struggle without a supply of overseas workers.
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Employers in many industries say they would struggle without a supply of overseas workers.

People coming to New Zealand on skilled worker visas are increasingly filling gaps in the local workforce.

Record migration levels have been praised as a sign of strong economic growth, but there are concerns about how the influx of people is putting pressure on public services and infrastructure.

On the flip side, employers in many industries say they would struggle without a supply of overseas workers. Immigrants on visas make up a third of New Zealand's 22,000 aged care givers and 5000 nurses, and the Aged Care Association has given Government examples of the difficulties recruiting Kiwis.

National is proposing tighter rules in August setting a maximum three years for essential skills visa holders earning up to $49,000, when they will be sent back to their country for a stand-down period. 

Those earning more than $73,000 a year would be entitled to claim points under the residency system, giving them the prospect of long-term residency.

Explore the data behind the charts at FigureNZ's site.

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* Where have NZ's migrants come from in the last four decades?
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* Kirk Hope: Political parties show their colours on immigration

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