New Zealand work visa scam: 200 companies banned to hire employees

12:07 AM | 9 Feb, 2024
New Zealand work visa scam: 200 companies banned to hire employees

AUCKLAND - Nearly 200 employers in New Zealand have faced the revocation or suspension of their licenses to hire migrants as authorities ramp up investigations against potential work visa abuse. 

The immigration authorities in the country have been scrutinizing 167 additional employers under the accredited employer work visa scheme amid concerns raised since June last year regarding the exploitation of migrant workers from countries like India, China, and Bangladesh.

These workers allegedly paid hefty sums for visas but ended up with little to no work, often living in substandard conditions, triggering investigations into the scam which could bear positive results for foreigners.

Since the inception of these investigations, 136 employers have had their accreditation revoked, and 51 others have faced suspension. The government's response to these abuses has resulted in arrests, including that of an Auckland bar and restaurant owner on migrant exploitation charges and an immigration adviser for providing false information.

Moreover, approximately 200 visas issued under the scheme were canceled for individuals who remained overseas.

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has stated that employers who receive an employment standards sanction will be placed on the non-compliant employers list for a period of time commensurate with the severity of the sanction imposed.

The scrutiny into work visa abuse prompted a review of the accredited employer work visa scheme by the Public Service Commission, initially due in December 2023 but now delayed until later in February.

It is to be highlighted that employers seeking to hire migrants in New Zealand are reminded of their responsibilities, including ensuring that there are no local candidates available for the positions and adhering to employment and immigration laws.

These laws require employers to provide migrants with the same work conditions as New Zealanders, with penalties imposed on those found in violation. As investigations continue, both employers and migrants navigate a changing landscape in New Zealand's labor market, with authorities committed to upholding standards and safeguarding the rights of all workers.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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