Employers applying to hire foreign workers for low-skilled jobs must now check with Work and Income to make sure there are no New Zealanders available to do the job.
The rules apply to cases of prospective workers who are seeking visas, but not to people who have working holiday visas.
Immigration minister Michael Woodhouse says [told Larry Williams] the changes will ensure New Zealanders are first in line for jobs.
Mr Woodhouse says Work and Income is doing a good job of matching the skills of young people and the needs of employers.
But he says this needs to be done before employers go looking for foreign workers to fill those positions.
The changes are also expected to speed up the application process in cases where overseas workers are required.
Source: Newstalk ZB