Having returned from there on Sunday after six weeks of glorious scenery, lovely food, friendly and helpful people, clean and plentiful public toilets, empty roads and all round loveliness I would agree.
Don't get me started on two hours of sweaty hell in Los Angeles whilst the US Border Agency harvests your fingerprints, photographs you more than once and supplies rude and shouty Hispanics to shout at you. While you are in Transit, FFS!!!!
I suspect the Kiwi Authorities have no intention of applying this rule to anyone but those suspected of naughtiness. The US treats everyone as convicts.
You have nailed it twice.Completely the opposite experience of my offspring. Employer offered the job, organised his visa, contributed to migration cost, helped with first accommodation. Two promotions, numerous pay rises later he's happy. They also helped with his (successful) residency application.
We met workers from all over the world - former Yugoslavia to the USA. Not one had a bad employment story. All workplaces seemed to have staff from everywhere. What you describe sounds more like the UK in the 70s!