New temporary visa and reporting tools announced to combat migrant exploitation Thursday, 1 July 2021

New temporary visa and reporting tools provide migrants with a pathway to quickly leave exploitative situations and encourage people to report migrant exploitation.

The new Migrant Exploitation Protection Visa will help to address exploitation by providing migrants with a pathway to quickly leave exploitative situations and encouraging people to report migrant exploitation through the dedicated reporting tools.

MBIE is encouraging people to report any instances of exploitation through its new 0800 number (0800 20 00 88) or online reporting form.

These claims are assessed by Employment New Zealand as soon as they’re received. If it is assessed that it is credible that exploitation may have occurred, and the migrant is on an employer supported work visa, they will be provided with a Report of Exploitation Letter. This letter will be required to submit an application for the Migrant Exploitation Protection Visa, which will be valid for up to six months. The visa will allow migrants to leave exploitative situations while remaining lawfully in New Zealand.

For more information about the visa:

Migrant Exploitation Protection Work Visa

For more information about the reporting tools, visit Employment New Zealand’s website:

Migrant Exploitation | Employment New Zealand