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Increase in payments by migrants to enter New Zealand

August 2017, 22
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With the arrival of new Immigrants in great numbers, New Zealand has been able to collect sizable amount through visa application fees.

Foreign nationals had paid an amount exceeding $200 million per year for obtaining visas to arrive in New Zealand.

The migration for the year reached 72,400 in July, which was more by 3400 when compared to that period in the previous year, based on the statement by Statistics New Zealand.

The total receipts of Immigration New Zealand in visa applications during the last four financial years had increased from $148 million in 2014 to $175 million in 2015.

It was $201.5m in 2016 and showed an impressive $200.6 million in June 2017. In 2017 visitor visa applications were very popular and an amount of $59.4 million was paid. Visitors/ tourists arriving for a short duration and people visiting family and friends along with aspirants for work touched 3.7 million, which is the highest during the year so far. 1.9 million visitors were from New Zealand Australia, the US and the UK deciding to spend their time on holiday. There was an increase in income derived from work visa fees from $35.6 million to $52.4 million in the same period,

There was An increase of 15.3 per cent was registered in work visas given to an impressive 45,397 applicants in the year until July. There was a 32 per cent drop in student visas given to Indian nationals which were a major reason for the decline of student visas of 9.9 per cent to 24,132.

There was a reduction in Residence visa fees also from $60 million to $54.7 million and in student visa fees to $23.2 million from $27.5 million. China was the largest country from where the migrants applied for on residence visas, which experienced a rise of 12.2 per cent to 3413 in the year ending in July. New Zealand has witnessed great levels of net migration recently and immigration has come to be regarded as an important election issue. There are a few who believe that it is the reason for the increase in property markets and has become a burden on the infrastructure. Migration from China grew to be on a net basis, accounting for 9961 of the 72,400 those coming to the country. There were 7444 net arrivals from India.

Migration from the UK reached 6750, while South Africans totalled to 4862. arrivals from Australia were down to 469, from 1750 during the previous year.

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