Government raises the cap on seasonal workers visas to be issued

Ryan Bridge 26/09/2019

The Immigration Minister is increasing the cap on how many temporary work visas can be issued to provide seasonal support in New Zealand's regions. 

The cap on the number of temporary visas that can be granted to employ foreign seasonal workers is set to rise by 3150 over two years to 16,000.

In the first year it will increase by 1550 to 14,400 for 2019/2020, and approval has been given for the cap to be raised by a further 1600 places to 16,000 in 2020/2021. 

The latter raises are conditional upon the industry  "proving it's making the horticulture and viticulture sectors easier and more attractive for Kiwi workers," the minister, Iain Lees-Galloway, said. 

There have been criticisms that the raises have come too late for the industry to allocate the workers leaving fruit to waste, the Minister told Ryan that they have worked hard to get this decision announced as early as possible and in order to provide certainty for the Industry provided figures for the next year also.

You can watch the full interview above.