Doctors and nurses now eligible for immediate residency visas in New Zealand
The new immigration policy comes at a time when New Zealand is facing shortage of healthcare professionals.
New Zealand’s Immigration Minister, Michael Wood, recently announced that doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare specialists are now able to get residency visas immediately.
Announcing the ammendments in the country’s immigration policies, Wood said that these healthcare providers would be able to enter the country from December 15, according to the new policy.
The new immigration policy comes at a time when New Zealand is facing shortage of healthcare professionals and specifically nurses.
According to a recent report by New Zealand Herald, the number of overseas nurses applying for the work visas has now dropped by 60% in the last 2-3 months.
New Zealand’s Opposition Leader, Christopher Luxon, also gave a statement on the situation. He said that New Zealand doesn’t offer benefits to migrant nurses which would convince them to come to the country. The overseas nurses are preferring other countries for work purposes.
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