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Offline Geite

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Moving to New Zealand
« on: October 12, 2015, 08:07:08 am »
Good morning,

We are new on this forum and also looking at the prospects of moving to New Zealand from SA. I need some solid advice from fellow forum members that has gone through this process.

We have been talking to New Zealand Migration Services in Cape Town. They are of the opinion that you sort out your paperwork in SA fly over to New Zealand apply for a job and once you have the job offer apply for the Work VISA.

How practical is this? I am so scared that employers will not look at your CV if you do not have the relevant VISA yet....

Anybody out there that has gone through this process from SA? Any advice?



Offline TheJo

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Re: Moving to New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2015, 10:08:39 pm »
Hi Geite,

You are wise to do more research. In theory the plan that your migration service has given you will work, practically there is more to consider.

1. You would most likely enter NZ on a visitor's visa. The point of a visitor visa (from INZ's perspective) is to visit, not to job hunt. If they feel that you / your family are not bona fide visitors you can be refused entry to NZ. There have been some recent stories about people that were refused entry to NZ, and some that were not even allowed to board the plane at OR Tambo.

2. Often times migrant agencies tell you that if you get "a job" then you can apply for a work visa / residence. This is not entirely true. Only certain jobs allow you to apply for a work visa or residence - they must be considered "skilled" by the ANZSCO definition or they must be on a skills shortage list (and you must meet ALL the work and education requirements of that profession). If you work in a field requiring registration then you need registration first before any work visa can be granted.

3. You are right about what employers think. They don't all know how immigration works - they think that you get a work visa first and then you are allowed to work in NZ. Telling them that you need a job to get a work visa generally means that they will not consider you unless you have an exceptional skill set. Some of the larger companies use an online application system and they always ask your "right to work in NZ".

So in truth it is not that easy but it can happen if you are very skilled or very lucky. However, if you are very skilled or you do a job that's in high demand you could try applying from SA.
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Re: Moving to New Zealand
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2015, 10:08:39 pm »

Offline yusuf

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Re: Moving to New Zealand
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2015, 12:37:16 am »
One additional point:

This is not the right time of the year to come to NZ on a job hunt. Opportunities only pickup up from about March, and start to slow down by September. If you're tasking the risk of coming to NZ as a visitor to look for work, you may wish to avoid the quiet period.

Somehow, many people ignore this advice, and some still get work but many return home with their savings depleted.

Plan carefully, according to your industry.
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Offline Savayla

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Re: Moving to New Zealand
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2015, 04:47:19 am »
Ditto everything Thejo said. We both did the process by ourselves, no agent. It puts you more in control, and makes you read and understand everything instead of relying on someone else.

Offline Geite

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Re: Moving to New Zealand
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2015, 10:09:57 am »
Thanks for the advice!