NZ lists ‘prostitution’ on skilled employment list

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Would-be migrants in New Zealand can now add a new skill to their visa applications. As per a new plan on immigration NZ’s website, the immigrants can claim points as skilled sex workers.

As per ANZSCO, the skill is regarded as providing social companionship in New Zealand and Australia. The migrants will be expected to have ANZSCO skill level-5 to meet the criteria of a highly qualified sex worker.

The requirements also include compulsory secondary education or have at least three years of work experience in the relevant industry.

However, applicants of NASCO level-5 cannot be classified as skilled unless their pay is over NZ $36.44 per hour which is NZ $75, 795 per year passed on a 40-hour week.

“Prostitution is listed as skilled employment, but applying for a resident visa as a sex worker would still be extremely difficult,” the New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment agency (NZAMI) said.

“Even though prostitution is a lawful occupation, it is not an occupation that an immigrant can undertake on a temporary visa, sex work is specifically accepted,” said Peter Moses, an NZAMI spokesman and lawyer specializing in immigration law.

“An applicant would have to be onshore lawfully and not working, or off-shore while applying for residence. And they would need a formal offer of employment – also not the rule,” Moses added.

In a tumultuous vote in 2013, the legislation to decriminalize sex work, known as the ‘Prostitution Reform Act’, was passed through New Zealand’s parliament. The decision to legalize prostitution, which had previously been widespread but hidden, was welcomed by many in the country.

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