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Offline Letitia

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Job Offer received - Which Visa option? Pls help
« on: March 08, 2011, 01:08:34 pm »
Hi Guys,

My DH received a job offer in NZ ;D  - very happy about that!  Now, the big question - we need help with.  We qualify for 170 points if we go the expression of interest route, however that seems to take a loooong time and we obviously don't want to keep this company waiting.  Is there a way to get a work permit quicker and then later do the EOI while living in NZ?  I'm not sure how this works - I obviously want to go with hubby, so that would mean I would have to apply for a family sponsored visa?  This is complicated... ???

Thanks a lot for the help...getting closer....

Letitia
EOI Selected: April 2011
ITA Submitted: August 2011
Resident Visa: November 2011

Offline SA3001

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Re: Job Offer received - Which Visa option? Pls help
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2011, 09:23:42 pm »
You can PM me.  Just been through this process ourselves.  Can't give you specifics on the forum - immigration advice not allowed.

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Offline thombatt

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Re: Job Offer received - Which Visa option? Pls help
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2011, 09:30:53 pm »
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Offline SusanJ

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Re: Job Offer received - Which Visa option? Pls help
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2011, 10:01:11 pm »
Have a look on www.immigration.govt.nz - ALL the information you need is on there and easy to find.
07/10/2009: EOI Submitted (TICK)
08/10/2009: EOI selected from pool (TICK!)
19/11/2009: ITA received (TICK!)
25/11/2009: ITA submitted (TICK!)
20/05/2010: PR granted (after waiting 2 months for a police clearance!)
27/05/2010: Passports submitted
02/06/2010: Passports returned - YAY!!!!!

Offline Chan in Wellington

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Re: Job Offer received - Which Visa option? Pls help
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2011, 07:40:19 am »
@Kirst1 - if all goes well, we'll be doing what you guys have done!
'The only difference between a rut and a grave, is the depth'.

Offline Letitia

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Re: Job Offer received - Which Visa option? Pls help
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2011, 07:57:13 am »
Wow, thank you guys for all the advice!!! I will go have a look at the links supplied.  I didn't see any work permits on the immigration NZ site for people not under the specific categories listed (i.e. talent or long term/short term skills shortage/essential skills etc)  My DH is not in any of those categories - but his occupation is listed as a skilled occupation even though he's not on any lists.

Will come back to you after I've gone through all the info - thanks a million guys!! ;-)

Luv

Letitia
EOI Selected: April 2011
ITA Submitted: August 2011
Resident Visa: November 2011

Offline Letitia

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Re: Job Offer received - Which Visa option? Pls help
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2011, 08:20:26 am »
@thombatt - thanks for that link - I almost got happy - then I saw there are specific categories you need to apply under - we don't fall under any of them (essential skills etc).  Can you still apply even if you don't fall under those specific categories? 
EOI Selected: April 2011
ITA Submitted: August 2011
Resident Visa: November 2011

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Offline SusanJ

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Re: Job Offer received - Which Visa option? Pls help
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2011, 09:26:35 pm »
Hi Letitia,

I still think you're getting confused between WP's and Permanent Residence applications. :)

My friend got a job as a practice manager.  She applied for a 2 year work permit (and got it).  She is now (1.5 years later) in the beginning stages of applying for her Permanent Residence based on that job (also considered skilled, though not long term or essential skills shortage).  She has also studied a diploma here that will push up her points.

Perhaps your best option is to email/phone NZIS to ask for advice on which to do first.  If you're in the country already, just pop in to their office - they're usually pretty friendly and will advise the right way forward.  Alternatively, arrange a consultation with an immigration lawyer (there's a good one in Botony)
07/10/2009: EOI Submitted (TICK)
08/10/2009: EOI selected from pool (TICK!)
19/11/2009: ITA received (TICK!)
25/11/2009: ITA submitted (TICK!)
20/05/2010: PR granted (after waiting 2 months for a police clearance!)
27/05/2010: Passports submitted
02/06/2010: Passports returned - YAY!!!!!

Offline Letitia

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Re: Job Offer received - Which Visa option? Pls help
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2011, 06:44:05 am »
Thanks SusanJ

Hubby qualifies as a skilled migrant (although his job is not on the LTSL or STSL anymore) - his skills and experience are still counted, so we looked at that option first as visa option - as far as I know the EOI offers PR or work permit based on their decision and if you go the EOI route and are accepted you don't need to apply for any additional work visa's etc.

We just wanted a way to do it quicker, but it seems there is more red tape doing it quicker than doing the EOI.

Thanks for the help  ;)
EOI Selected: April 2011
ITA Submitted: August 2011
Resident Visa: November 2011