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Offline Hope2Go2

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Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« on: August 18, 2015, 02:53:36 pm »
Just had a chat with my sister, who is the only one in the family who really understands and supports us in our decision to emigrate.

On explaining that we might have to wait another year before we have our residence visa (as we have no current job offer - it will probably take forever to get a case officer), she said she believes we must be more aggressive with regards to our plans.  Basically, she says we should try to get everything in place in Canada too, in case NZ doesn't work out - especially considering the tiny population size in NZ.

Daunting idea.  I'm just letting that sink in for now.  But what is true, is that we want to emigrate to wherever.  Should NZ not work out for whatever reasons, having a back-up plan would be wise, I guess.  (Our Plan A was Australia, but that was just refusing to work out for various reasons.)

Does any of you have Plan Bs, Plan Cs or Plan...s?
Feb 2015 - Submit EOI, selected
Mar 2015 - ITA received
May 2015 - NZ Medicals done
Jun 2015 - PR application submitted
Jul 2015 - Received NZQA Assessment result
Oct 2015 - Case officer assigned
16 Dec 2015:  Residence approved!

Offline Zedd

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Re: Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2015, 09:43:50 pm »
Hi, we also considered all the English speaking countries before we decided.  Canada, in our opinion, had the highest taxes and was keenly looking for PhD's.  Then there's the UK and USA.  Malta might be an option.  How about looking at the UAE (if you're into really hot days and cheap taxes)?
18 March 2013 - EOI submitted
3 April 2013 - EOI selected
10 May 2013 - ITA issued
23 July 2013 - ITA submitted
18 Sep 2014 - Resident visas approved
28 Feb 2015 - The chicken has landed!

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Re: Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2015, 09:43:50 pm »

Offline Hope2Go2

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Re: Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2015, 10:08:21 pm »
Thanks for the suggestions, Zedd - but I think Canada is the only option on the list we could feasibly emigrate to and end up with citizenship.  We could look into Malta too, but finding work will probably be harder than in NZ?  We've been playing the US green card lotto (maybe it we'll win it this year.., but no luck yet).  The UK basically slammed their doors shut as far as I can see - unless you have a British parent or grandparent.  Citizenship in the UAE is also not an option to foreigners - so what do you do when you retire?  I suppose you'll have to come back to SA?!

I'm quite optimistic about our NZ plans, but yes, there are no guarantees.  Guess we'll have to start thinking of Canada then, as in see whether the idea grows on us.  (I need to go put on a warmer jacket just thinking about it..)
Feb 2015 - Submit EOI, selected
Mar 2015 - ITA received
May 2015 - NZ Medicals done
Jun 2015 - PR application submitted
Jul 2015 - Received NZQA Assessment result
Oct 2015 - Case officer assigned
16 Dec 2015:  Residence approved!

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Re: Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2015, 10:17:16 pm »
Wow, I see there are quite a few IT jobs in Malta!   8)  But I doubt my hubby could find something in his line there - unfortunately!  Sounds like an awesome place to live.
Feb 2015 - Submit EOI, selected
Mar 2015 - ITA received
May 2015 - NZ Medicals done
Jun 2015 - PR application submitted
Jul 2015 - Received NZQA Assessment result
Oct 2015 - Case officer assigned
16 Dec 2015:  Residence approved!

Offline Zedd

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Re: Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2015, 11:08:32 pm »
I try to take the long view:  We're migrants now - citizens of the world.  It doesn't matter where one lives as long as one prospers and is happy.  If I could make a tonne of money in the UAE and be happy, I'd see no problem in being there for a few years.  Politics and circumstances change from decade to decade, so I can't see the point of saying "this is my final spot" (no kids, no ;) ).  Likewise Canada, etc.  At first, I wasn't scared of -XXX degrees in Canada, but a winter in Wellington cured me of that!  Regarding residency, I think that any country that's economically motivated will find a way to let skilled people settle. 
Have you looked at Singapore?
18 March 2013 - EOI submitted
3 April 2013 - EOI selected
10 May 2013 - ITA issued
23 July 2013 - ITA submitted
18 Sep 2014 - Resident visas approved
28 Feb 2015 - The chicken has landed!

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Re: Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2015, 08:56:38 am »
We're migrants now - citizens of the world.
Sadly, much/?most of the world isn't very interested in having us with our SA passport living and working there though.  (Yes, if you happen to have a couple of million dollars stashed somewhere - which we don't - a different set of rules start to apply..)

Since we're in the 40-50 age group, it seems as if we have a small window of opportunity to get ourselves sorted with citizenship in a country where we'd want to be old someday - SA is so not that!  Once we have that, let the winds take us where it wants to, I say!  Although I know my husband desires nothing more than a small, quiet life in a place where people would just let him be - unlike SA where criminals (government included here) and forced integration policies leave little space for that sort of life.   :-\

I think for those of you who are more in the 20-30 age bracket:  the world is your oyster, people!  Go get it.   ;)
Feb 2015 - Submit EOI, selected
Mar 2015 - ITA received
May 2015 - NZ Medicals done
Jun 2015 - PR application submitted
Jul 2015 - Received NZQA Assessment result
Oct 2015 - Case officer assigned
16 Dec 2015:  Residence approved!

Offline Zedd

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Re: Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2015, 11:48:50 am »
I'm in the 40-50 bracket too ;)

18 March 2013 - EOI submitted
3 April 2013 - EOI selected
10 May 2013 - ITA issued
23 July 2013 - ITA submitted
18 Sep 2014 - Resident visas approved
28 Feb 2015 - The chicken has landed!

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Re: Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2015, 11:48:50 am »

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Re: Should we consider Plan B (actually Plan C) too?
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2015, 04:52:53 pm »
I'm in the 40-50 bracket too ;)
Good for you, Zedd  :clap:  Love it!
Feb 2015 - Submit EOI, selected
Mar 2015 - ITA received
May 2015 - NZ Medicals done
Jun 2015 - PR application submitted
Jul 2015 - Received NZQA Assessment result
Oct 2015 - Case officer assigned
16 Dec 2015:  Residence approved!