An estimated 9,000 migrants working in our primary industries and their families may benefit from the simplified pathway to residence. Agriculture and Rural Communities Minister Damien O’Connor says it is a great step that will provide certainty for hard-working migrants, their families, their employers and our rural communities. It has taken a while though and in the meantime many frustrated farm workers, doctors and vets have got sick of waiting and moved to more welcoming countries like Canada and Australia. The new 2021 Resident Visa could see up to 165,000 migrants granted residence. Across rural New Zealand migrants are demonstrating their value to our economy during these COVID times and now Visa holders and their partners and dependents can be included in their application. Applications for the 2021 Resident Visa will be open in two phases; on 1 December 2021 and 1 March 2022. Meanwhile Monday the first quarantine free travel for RSE workers from Vanuatu will begin. The Govt still to attract Kiwis into life on the land and retain them. Damien O’Connor says the most valued resource is people and it’s no different for our primary sector.