The number of work, student and residency visas being approved by Immigration NZ picked up again in May, although the numbers remain well below where they were before the COVID-19 lockdown commenced in March.
There were 5925 work visas approved in May, which was up from the 2922 that were approved in April, but still well below the 15,219 work visas approved in March.
In May last year 21,021 work visas were approved.
However residency visa approvals are getting much closer to their normal numbers again. There were 1653 residency visas approved in May compared to 75 in April, 2166 in March and 3309 in May last year.
But student visa approvals have almost dried up.
There were just 252 student visas approved for the first time (excluding renewals or extensions of existing student visas) in May. This was up on the 75 approved in April, but still massively down on the 1935 first time student visas approved in March, and the 4332 approved in May last year.
There has also been a decline in the total number of people in this country on work, residence or student visas since March.
According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, there were 478,173 people in New Zealand on work, residence or student visas at the end of May, which was 15,012 fewer than there were at the end of March (-3.0%).
However numbers remain up on where there were 12 months ago, when 466,077 people were in the country on work, student or residence visas. So although the number of people in the country on migrant visas has declined by 3% since March, they remain 2.6% higher than they were in May last year.
There were 185,112 people in the country on residence visas at the end of May, down 2.7% compared to the end of March, 79,026, on student visas, which was down 3.5% on March and 214,035 on work visas, which was down 3.2% compared to March.
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