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Multicultural New Zealand (MNZ) welcomes and congratulates the Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi for his announcement about one-off simplified residency pathway.

MNZ President Pancha Narayanan says, “This residence path-way for 165,000 onshore applicants will bring reassurance and reduce stress for thousands on work visas who have been caught up in the recent immigration reset due to COVID-19 pandemic and the closed border situation.

“Having a clear and simple immigration policy helps in keeping Aotearoa New Zealand attractive. This policy should help in clearing the record-breaking back-log of applications as declined applicants keep on reapplying due to complex policy structure.

“This policy should contribute to a successful population strategy centred on vibrant regional economies.

“We’ll be closely monitoring application processing times to see if they are on target for December 2022”, Pancha Narayanan concluded.

MNZ welcomes immigration announcement

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