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Immigration - Criteria

ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

Focus immigration policy on migrants with skills, resources and background that will enable them to become major contributors to the wellbeing and future prosperity of New Zealand
Introduce an annual review process for all immigration categories including refugees, family reunion cases and New Zealand's special responsibilities relating to some Pacific Island countries

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Keith Locke

set out

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Clayton Cosgrove

Ensure employers attempt to recruit NZ workers and contribute to the training of the domestic workforce, before looking overseas.
Establish a Pacific Access Category. The criteria will includes good character and health requirements, as well as a firm job offer.
Modify the points system to give greater emphasis to specific job vacancies and develop a stringent process to ensure job offers are genuine.
More emphasis on active investment, and the entrepreneur category.

Maori Party Dr Pita Sharples  
National Party of New Zealand Hon Dr Lockwood Smith

Focus priority on skilled immigrants, with greater recognition of proven work experience in areas of skill shortage
Introduce a four-year qualification period of Provisional Residence for all new immigrants
Require family stream sponsors to be in work, business and/or able to fulfil all sponsorship obligations for the benefit stand-down period
Require business immigrants to create at least two permanent full-time jobs for non-family members
Require more active financial investment by Investor immigrants

New Zealand First Rt Hon Winston Peters

Review 'family reunification' policies across both the immigrant and refugee categories which have rapidly become an open door for large numbers of unqualified migrants
Amend the Immigration Act to ensure that those with a serious criminal conviction from an overseas jurisdiction cannot be considered for refugee status
All new immigrants will need to keep an unblemished record for five years before becoming eligible for citizenship
Ensure, where appropriate, health screening of overseas visitors to stop the current abuse of our public health system and to protect our citizens
Ensure that our immigration streams are more directly matched to the skills and qualifications necessary to further regional economic and social goals

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Hon Peter Dunne

Establish a global online service that matches potential skilled migrants with job opportunities in New Zealand to help fill critical skill shortages
Deploy recruitment teams to New Zealand Embassies to interview and screen potential immigrants

You can find the policy positions of more parties by checking these websites.
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