Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Changes to General Skills Category passmark

11 June 2002

The General Skills Category passmark will increase from 25 to 28 points from Tuesday, 18 June 2002, Immigration Minister Lianne Dalziel announced today.

The passmark sets the number of points required to gain New Zealand residence under the General Skills Category of the New Zealand Immigration Programme.

The change is being made in order to manage the 2002-2003 New Zealand Immigration Programme which has been set at 45,000 approvals (with a tolerance of 5000).

The 2002-03 NZ Immigration Programme is as follows:

- Skilled/Business 60% (27,000 places +/- 3000 places)

- Family Sponsored 30% (13,500 +/- 1500 places)

- International/Humanitarian 10% (4,500 +/- 500 places)

Lianne Dalziel said she informed Cabinet yesterday of the need to increase the passmark to manage approvals for the 2002-03 year due to a significant increase in the Skilled/Business stream which now accounted for 66% of total approvals for the current financial year.

“The number of applications on hand has increased sharply in the last 12 months.

Without measures to reduce the inflow of applications, the level of on-hand applications will continue to rise creating queues which are frustrating for applicants and inefficient for the New Zealand Immigration Service.

“We are anticipating completing 53,000 residence approvals in this financial year, which is up from 45,000 approvals in the previous year. Demand is highest in the Skilled/Business Stream and there is nothing to suggest that the inflow of residence applications has peaked.

“Clearly New Zealand is an attractive migrant destination and the decision announced today tilts the residency approval in favour of the migrant who will settle well given the fact that it will not affect those with skilled job offers relevant to their qualifications or work experience.

“To reflect this decision, the maximum points awarded to applicants with relevant job offers, will rise from 5 to 8 points from 1 July 2002.

“These changes will not affect applicants who apply on or before 18 June 2002 - their applications will be assessed under the existing 25 points passmark.”

The Minister also announced that the passmark would in future be reviewed monthly with the next review scheduled for 1 August 2002. Notification of any changes to the passmark also changes from 20 days’ to 5 days’ notice.

“The last passmark change provided a month’s notice which created a massive influx of applications before the change took effect. In practical terms, this meant that the increase in the passmark on 1 January 2002 was ineffective in managing the programme for the year. I am not prepared to have that situation arise again,” Lianne Dalziel said.

For immigration inquiries: 0508 558 855

Or visit: www.immigration.govt.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Environment And Conservation: Changes To Our Oceans Pose Serious Concerns

New Zealand’s oceans, coasts, and marine wildlife are under growing pressure, according to the first national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand about the marine environment. More>>


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news