Prostitution as a skill can now be added for visa application by emigrants planning to settle down in New Zealand.
Under a new plan, skilled sex workers and escorts can be claimed as a point by the to-be immigrants.
The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) regard this skill as providing social accompaniment.
The applying immigrants must have an ANZSCO skill level 5 and a compulsory secondary education, the prescribed criteria’s of a highly qualified sex worker.
As per the criteria, candidates of ANZSCO level 5 will only be classified as skilled if only their pay is more than NZ$36.44 (US$25.87) per hour, which is NZ$75,795 (US$53,818) per year based on a 40-hour week and also a work experience of minimum three years in this field.
An NZAMI spokesman and lawyer specializing in immigration law, Peter Moses clarified “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.’’
Though prostitution comes under skilled employment, yet getting a resident visa as a sex worker is very difficult, reported the New Zealand Association of Migration and Investment agency (NZAMI).
Moses further stated that, “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.”
Amidst a boisterous vote by the New Zealand’s parliament in 2003, the Prostitution Reform Act- a legislation discriminating sex work was passed. Prostitution was legalized and welcomed by many countries where this occupation was hidden despite being popular and extensive.
Prostitution was legalized in order to safeguard sex workers’ human rights, and prevent their exploitation.
New Zealand, in the current days stands the best place or sex workers.
Source : RT
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