Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Migrating to New Zealand With a Job Offer

Recent surveys have highlighted the fact that many people currently living within the UK would actively consider relocation overseas with the hopes of a better life. There are many different countries that a person could consider relocating to, but in some situations New Zealand can seem like the perfect location. With a climate that is very similar to the UK, New Zealand can offer a home away from home for many people with the prospect of better job opportunities and education than is currently offered within the UK.

Where could I obtain a job offer?

If you are considering moving to New Zealand then the Government puts a high emphasis on having a job offer before you move – so you might think about getting started on looking for a job. There are a number of job agencies and emigration groups which can work with you to help you look for jobs in New Zealand. You could also consider attending a career expo and there are many of these held across the UK each year.

How does the visa process work?

There are a number of different visas that you can apply for if you have a job offer within New Zealand, but two of the most common options are the Work to Residence Visa or the Skilled Migration Program:
  • Work to Residence Visa – many people may be undecided as to whether they want to make their move to New Zealand permanent and could therefore consider a Work to Residence visa, which allows them to live and work within New Zealand with the possibility of applying for residency further down the line
  • Skilled Migration Program – The Skilled Migration Program is open to anyone with an existing skill who is looking to work and live within New Zealand. The program requires an eligibility score of 100 points on the points test to lodge an Expression of Interest and then a further 140 points, or a job offer, to apply for full Skilled Migration
What are some things I need to sort out before I move?

Moving to the other side of the world is no small feat and there are a number of different considerations that you need to make before you move. These include:
  • Money – how much money do you need to take with you and how much will you be earning when you arrive? How will your new salary compare with the cost of living in New Zealand?
  • Living – where are you going to live and how much is it going to cost to live in that area? How accessible is it by transport or will you have access to a car?
  • Services – how close are you to schools, work and various other services which you may need to access? Are they at a standard that you are happy with?

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