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Offline KiWi007

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Hi All,  :help: I could not find the answer to this one - nor in the INZ manual. I hope someone can tell me.
If you get the permanent resident SMC visa aka blue stickers in the passport - how much time do they give you to shutdown everything - book tickets and leave. I do contract work  ;) - and cannot leave mid contract - so we will need about 3-6 months depending where in the contract period I am, to have some time to close off work and then leave.

Any ideas - and comments please.

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Offline SA3001

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Re: How long after "Blue Stickers" do you have to pack up / shutdown
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2013, 08:32:45 am »
Phone INZ call centre here in NZ, but if I remember correctly you need to enter NZ within 12 or 18 months to activate it - that goes for all members of the family.  But please check this.

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Re: How long after "Blue Stickers" do you have to pack up / shutdown
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2013, 08:32:45 am »

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Offline KiWi007

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Re: How long after "Blue Stickers" do you have to pack up / shutdown
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2013, 10:18:43 am »
Thank you so Much!!! - your Google KungFu  ;D  is stronger than mine  :clap:
EOI - submitted: Jan 13 2013
EOI - selected: Jan 23 2013
ITA - Received: Feb 2 2013
Medicals: Apr 15 2013 - Done
ITA - Sent Apr 22 2013
ITA - Lodged 29 2013
Interview: 16 Sept 2013
ITA - APPROVED 24 Sept 2013
Arrived 27 Dec 2013