Canstaff support Pacific Quota with Employment Solutions

Canstaff support Pacific Quota with Employment Solutions Photo credit careers.govt.nz

The Samoan Quota and the Pacific Access Category resident visa registrations are now open. In previous years, over half of the successful ballot winners have been unable to follow through with their dream of moving to New Zealand due to the lack of a supporting job offer. Canstaff want to change this trend and have set up a Pacific relations initiative to assist those who need a job offer to support their application.

The Samoan Quota and the Pacific Access Category resident visas allow for a number of people from five Pacific countries to be selected for New Zealand residence each year, provided they meet the necessary requirements. Citizens of Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Fiji. Eligible citizens of these five countries must be aged between 18 and 45 to register under the ballot.

Successful registrants selected from the ballot process have eight months to lodge their resident visa applications; the principal applicant must also have an acceptable job offer from a New Zealand employer. A number of applicants who do win a place often have to forfeit it after failing to secure an acceptable job offer.

Canstaff is aiming to assist in the ballot process by creating a dedicated team of consultants and resources, to assist Pacific ballot winners find suitable employment in New Zealand.

Brian Maposua will be managing Canstaff’s Pacific relations initiative and is passionate about assisting principal applicants to find employment in New Zealand. “In theory, the ballot is a great opportunity for Pacific Islanders to move over here with their families. However, the reality is; a large percentage of people never actually make it to New Zealand because they cannot find suitable job offers to support their visa application. We want to help remove this hurdle by sourcing jobs for ballot winners who have experience in the construction industry.”

Canstaff have offices based in Auckland, Pukekohe, Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru and Queenstown and are renowned in the recruitment industry for placing overseas workers in gainful employment.

“We are excited to be heading the Canstaff Pacific relations project. We want to effect positive change for Pacific Islanders and enable them to follow through with their dream of working in New Zealand.”

For more information, please contact Brian Maposua: brian@canstaff.co.nz