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Written by Travis

At this point we’ve been in New Zealand for over three years, and we’ve already shared pretty much everything we have to say about the immigration process. We always wanted this site to be more about educating people on the technical side of immigration than about what we did over the weekend. If you want to know about what expats in New  Zealand do during their spare time there’s plenty of blogs devoted to that. We don’t want to add another drop in the bucket. We may start blogging again at some point, but we’re stepping away from it for now. 

If you’re thinking about immigrating to New Zealand you’ll find the information on this blog very helpful. Click the table of contents to find blogs that address specific questions you may have. We’ve also compiled the most useful blogs into an E-book that you can buy for your E-reader.

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9 Responses

  1. Howdy!

    We followed the blog prior our move. We have been nicely settled in Gisborne for a year now and are just waiting for our official residency status – only a few weeks away (according to immigration).

    Don’t believe the Auckland hype about the Eastcoast – no bars on the windows and only some of us in pajamas at the market. Look us up if you are in town – we live at the beach in Wainui. A pretty sweet stop in the summer!

    Ryan and Alyssa

  2. Hello,

    Thank you so much for generously sharing information. I’ve really enjoyed your insights and I’ve learned much from your experiences as I’ve been researching moving to New Zealand.
    Best wishes along the journey!

    Stephanie in Washington State

  3. Hi Travis and Amber,

    I’m an aspiring ex-pat thoroughly enjoying your book and taking the necessary steps to beginning the Skilled Immigrant process, but I had a couple of questions I was hoping you might assist me in answering:

    1) When exactly do I need to show proof of funds? Is that needed for my Expression of Interest to be accepted?
    I have a very aggressive savings plan that will but me at my goal by November, so I’m wondering how I should time the visa process to align with those funds.

    2) What is the advantage to going the Skilled Immigrant route over the Working Holiday route? The latter seems cheaper and is included in the former scheme, so I’m wondering what makes it more advantageous in the long run.

    Thanks for any feedback you’re willing to give!
    Summer

    • Summer,

      The skilled immigrant route leads to permanent residency, which means you can stay in the country for the rest of your life and leave and return freely. The working holiday visa allows you to work in New Zealand for a few years and then leave forever. If you’re going for your permanent residency then you’ll need to apply through the skilled migrant path. I’m pretty sure we had to show our proof of funds at step 4 of the process. After your application is approved then you’ll need to get a working holiday visa and move to New Zealand and find a job. Once you find a real job then the immigration board will grant you permanent residency.

      • Thanks!

      • One last question (I hope), does starting with the working holiday visa make it more difficult to get a permanent residency ‘down the road’? For instance, if one were to get a permanent job while on their temporary visa, wouldn’t the rest of the process be the same as the skilled immigrant route (work for 2 years and apply for residency)? Are there inhibitory conditions applied to the working holiday visa that prevents one from getting a permanent work/residency visa?

        I hope that makes sense. Again, I truly appreciate your help and insight!

        Summer

      • Having a working holiday visa does not make it more difficult to get permanent residency down the road… with one exception. You can only get one working holiday visa in your life, and it will last 1-2 years. If you use that working holiday visa to just hang out in New Zealand for a while and then move back to your home country, when you go to apply for permanent residency you will need to get a job offer from a New Zealand business. If you have very strong credentials in a high demand career field, you might be able to get a New Zealand business to offer you a job while you’re in your home country. For most people, that’s not going to happen. Most people need to get their permanent residence visa approved, then get a working holiday visa, move to New Zealand and get a job. If you’ve already used your working holiday visa you won’t have that option.

        But New Zealand immigration doesn’t care if you get a working holiday visa before applying for permanent residency.

        It is possible to get a working holiday visa, move to New Zealand and then begin your application for permanent residency. If you do this, the immigration process will be a little faster and easier. If you’re already in New Zealand you’ve already proven you can afford it and you’re capable of moving. You can also do a lot of paperwork in person that would otherwise require months of waiting for papers to get mailed. However, the downside is that your application may still get denied if you have a criminal record, bad health issues or you get in trouble while in New Zealand.

        Thank you for the questions, and feel free to ask more.

  4. Looking to move to new zealand. WHats ur advice on how to land in a job. I m an IT grad with sales n marketing, journalist background. Knows chinese n English. Looking for Company who is willing to sponsor visa, if u happens to know any one.

    • Most of the jobs in New Zealand are listed on trademe.co.nz. I have to warn you though, I moved to New Zealand looking to get a job in IT, and I had to change career fields because the IT market is saturated with skilled Asian IT experts. So you’ll have a hard time finding someone to sponsor you while you’re still living abroad. Your best bet is to apply to immigrate as a permanent resident, get approved, move to New Zealand and then get hired with on a working holiday visa, which will then satisfy the sponsorship requirement.

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