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Eligible migrants will be granted an initial Work to Residence temporary visa, which would make them eligible for residence after two years provided they stay in the same industry and region. They will then be granted a resident visa, with conditions requiring them to stay in the same South Island region for a further two years.

The new policy is scheduled to come into effect on 22 May 2017. Applications will be accepted for 12 months from the effective date. Immigration instructions and further information will be available on the INZ website closer to the launch of the policy.

The Government is currently reviewing temporary visa settings to ensure future lower-skilled temporary migrants do not end up in the same situation.

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