The number of work, student and residence visas being approved is climbing rapidly following the end of the country's internal lockdown restrictions, even though tough quarantine measures are being enforced at the border.
According to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, 16,116 work, student and residence visas were issued in June, up from 11,109 in May and 4794 in April.
However the numbers are still well down from where they were before COVID-19 restrictions took effect, with 30,720 work, residence and student visas approved in January and 29,973 approved in February.
The biggest comeback has been in the number of residence visas being approved, with 3078 approved in June, which was up 18.9% compared to June last year.
The number of work visas being approved has also increased strongly, with 9876 approved in June, which was just over half (53%) the number approved in June last year.
Student approvals have been more sluggish, with 3162 student visas approved in June, just over a third (37%) of the student visas approved in June last year.
In the first six months of this year, a total of 223,086 work, student and residence visas have been approved (refer table below).
That brought the total number of people in New Zealand on work, residence or student visas to 473,568 at the end of June, which was down by 19,737 (-4.0%) compared to the end of March, but still up by 19,392 (+4.3%) compared to June last year.
Between the end of March and the end of June, the total number of people on work visas declined by 10,560 (-4.8%), those on student visas declined by 4056 (-5.0%) and those on residence visas declined by 5121 (-2.7%).
The graph below shows the monthly changes in the total number of people on work, student and residence visas over the last 10 years.
Its most notable feature is the ongoing increase in the number of people on work visas, while the numbers on student and residence visas have remained relatively flat over the last five years.
|Visas Approved January-June 2020|
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