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New Zealand to facilitate resident status for foreign nurses and doctors

Health authorities revealed that New Zealand needs about 4,000 health workers.

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New Zealand will allow foreign nurses and midwives to apply for resident status immediately, the island state, where health workers are in short supply,  announced Monday.

With this amendment in the immigration mechanism, eligible people will be able to obtain resident status expedited starting Thursday, Prime Minister  Jacinda Ardern said.

Jacinda Ardern won the New Zealand parliamentary election a couple of weeks ago.  (AP)
Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand. (AP)

Specialist medical jobs were also added to the  “green list,” allowing skilled labor-shortage workers to obtain resident visas.

The New Zealand Nurses Organization estimates the country needs about  4,000 more nurses.

Health Minister Andrew Little had already warned earlier this year that New Zealand needed hundreds of mental health workers.

New Zealand is  “the best place to live, work, and play,”  Ardern told reporters. “We have to be as competitive as we can,” he defended. The opposition, meanwhile, denounced that  the measure comes “late.”

Ten other professions joined the  “green list”  this Monday, especially in the health, education, and construction sectors.

Some 97,000 people are currently looking for work in New Zealand, where the unemployment rate is 3.3 percent.

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