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New Zealand is experiencing a critical teacher shortage. The situation is expected to worsen in 2018, which means qualified teachers are needed in New Zealand urgently.
The situation in New Zealand has been described as ‘alarming’. A survey of secondary school teachers have revealed that 570 jobs are vacant and 700 positions are filled by unqualified staff.
A high school principal told New Zealand’s 1 NEWS NOW, “We are needing to appoint people to positions with qualifications that are outside of their area of expertise or outside the level that they are used to teaching at as well.”
Book an assessment with us immediately if you are a teacher
The teacher shortage opens up opportunities to teachers from abroad who wants to work in New Zealand. If this is you, we want to hear from you!
How can we help make your dream come true?
The first step is doing an immigration eligibility assessment to find out if you qualify to live and teach in New Zealand.
Should the result be positive, our advisers can explain the way forward and assist you with your visa application. We’ll also assess the rest of your family and help with their visas too.
Why do we start with an assessment?
It’s because we have to find out if you qualify for a visa. You cannot work in New Zealand without a visa.
The assessment also protects you from spending money on a dream that’s not possible. People have lost thousands in savings in applying for visas they do not qualify for.
These people usually dealt with unqualified or fraudelent immigration advisers or attempted to do points score calculations on their own.
Here’s how you book your assessment
It’s so simple. All you have to do is submit your details here or contact us by calling +21 (0) 20 28 200.
You’ll speak to one of advisers directly, who’ll first do a pre-assessment to reveal any migration options open to you. From here you can decide if you’d like to proceed with a comprehensive assessment.
Do the pre-assessment as soon as possible. As mentioned, the teacher shortage is acute and teachers are needed in New Zealand urgently. The sooner you get an application in, the better. You may have a bigger chance of success now than you would have at any other time.
You’ll be forgiven for being extra nervous for your New Zealand job interview.
First off, a job is the key that’ll unlock your dream of living in ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’. Secondly, you have no idea what to expect of an interview with an international employer.
You don’t have to be half as nervous though! All you have to do is be well prepared.
Yes, this includes answers to common interview questions, but what we really mean is preparing for the type of interviews you can expect:
- In person
You don’t have to go far to find out what you should do. We’ve done all the research for you! Let’s get to it:
- Don’t make excuses. If you express reluctance to do a Skype interview, for whatever reason, you’ve already failed the first interview question. Don’t have a good connection? Do the interview from a friend’s house. Don’t have a laptop? Borrow one. Do whatever it takes to make this interview happen.
- Dress up. You’ll make a huge mistake if you treat a Skype interview as an informal affair. It’s still a formal job interview, so look neat and presentable.
- Set up ahead of time. Download, install and test Skype well before your interview is scheduled. Set up your camera so that your face is nicely framed, test your microphone and check the lighting.
- Prepare the room. This is not a Skype call to a friend! The interviewer does not want to see your bed, an overflowing washing basket or scattered toys. Sit at a desk or table with a clean background behind you. Make it either a wall or hang a sheet in white or cream behind you.
- Eliminate distractions. Turn off your cell phone, lock the door to the room you’re using, tell family or housemates to not bother you, log out of Facebook, Twitter and any other apps that send notifications.
- Make eye contact. Look straight into your computer camera when speaking, while glancing intermittently at the monitor to mimic a face-to-face conversation.
- Positive body language. You already know to make eye contact. Now also lean forward a bit from time to time and nod in the right places. This will show your interviewer that you are listening to what’s being said.
- Handle technical glitches with grace. If something goes wrong, remain calm and friendly while you troubleshoot. Don’t be afraid to ask to hang up the call and try again if you think that’s necessary.
- Disconnect at the end of the call. A silly tip, perhaps, but you don’t want the interviewer to hear anything that you let slip that’s not meant for their ears!
During a telephone interview, keep in mind that the interviewer cannot see your face. It’s all in your voice.
This is why it’s vital to stay in the moment during this interview. Don’t get distracted and don’t let your mind wander.
Keep on listening – really listening – and keep your voice upbeat. You’ll come across as engaged with the conversation and that’s exactly what the interviewer wants.
- Arrive at least two days before your interview. Jet lag is guaranteed to trip you up during the interview! The extra day is also useful for last-minute prepping.
- Make lists. It’s the best way to see to it that you pack everything you need. Passports, interview outfit pieces, documents – it all goes on the list!
- Pack more than one interview outfit. More pieces give you more choice on the day. Plus, should the unthinkable happen – toothpaste on a cuff or a tear you didn’t notice back home – you still have something to wear.
- Take documents in double. Print your CV but also have a backup on a memory stick. If you have a portfolio and you’re taking the hard copy, also have it online or on your laptop. This way, you’ll always have something to show should prints get lost or damaged during your travels.
Final tips for your New Zealand job interview
You have to as flexible as possible for Skype or telephone interviews. There’s a very good chance that the interview happens at an odd time thanks to time differences.
Finally, be online or at your phone at least 15 minutes before your interview. The same goes for the in-person interview. It doesn’t matter what form the interview takes – being late is never an option!
There are many stories of people ripped off by unscrupulous New Zealand immigration advisers.
Often people are left without savings in their bank accounts. Even worse – deported, because the visa turned out be fake!
The best way to make sure that the person you are dealing with is the real deal, is to check that they are licensed by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA), or exempted to give advice. If you cannot find the ‘agent’ on here, walk away and do not deal with them.
There are other ways to tell too. Usually the signs come in the form of false promises or, plain and simple, outright lies.
Here is a list of things that unscrupulous operators might say to you:
I can guarantee that you will get a visa to New Zealand.
This is false. No-one can guarantee you will get a visa. Only authorised officers can give you a visa and only when you have met all the visa requirements.
Pay now to register for the migration program.
This is not how things work. You pay your visa application charge when you lodge your application.
Please note: Advisers are allowed to charge for their services, but the charges must be fair and reasonable in the circumstances. You may wish to speak to several advisers before signing on the dotted line with one, as no two advisers will offer the same experience and level service, which also influences fees.
This is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity’ or your ‘only’ chance to travel or migrate to New Zealand.
It might be hard to believe, but some fraudulent agents actually call people to offer them visas. It’s then framed as an opportunity not to be missed. All to get money out of you!
IAA licensed agents will never call you first to offer you migration ‘opportunities’. This is a client relationship that always start with the client, i.e. you, contacting the agent.
Only I can pay the charges, give me your money and I will pay the charges for you.
False again. You can pay your own visa application charge. However, you might still choose to let your migration adviser do it for you – but only if you are sure you are dealing with a licensed adviser!
I have a special relationship with INZ.
No-one has a ‘special relationship’ with Immigration New Zealand (INZ). INZ treats all visa applications in a fair and impartial way.
I am a skilled migration service provider/New Zealand government registered/department registered.
The only New Zealand immigration advisers you should deal with, are IAA licensed immigration advisers. Do not take any adviser on their word only! Ask to see an IAA license number.
Don’t worry, INZ is still processing your visa.
Do not just accept this. Ask for a copy of the confirmation letter to ensure that your application was submitted.
Keep in mind though that some applications do take longer than others, so there will be times that your immigration agent won’t have any feedback for you.
Want to know if you can trust our New Zealand immigration advisers?
We have three immigration advisers that help our clients immigrate to New Zealand. You can find their details and their IAA license numbers here.
If you’d like to get in touch with us to discuss your New Zealand immigration journey, please feel free to call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200.
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The benefits of the Skilled Migrant visa for New Zealand is one of the areas our advisers touch on most when speaking to clients.
It’s not that our clients don’t know that this visa offers applicants certain benefits, it’s just they don’t know the exact benefits.
We’re not surprised! It’s very easy for the average person to get lost in the immigration jargon and reams of information found on the internet.
That’s why we wanted to make it simpler for our future clients, like you perhaps, to understand the unique benefits of the Skilled Migrant visa.
First we’ll explain:
- What is a resident visa?
And then we’ll look at what comes next:
- The permanent resident visa.
The Skilled Migrant visa is a resident visa
New Zealand’s resident visas allows you to stay in the country permanently. This means:
- You are free to live, work and study in New Zealand.
- You have more or less the same rights and privileges as a New Zealand citizen:
Here’s another benefit resident visas offer – you can include your partner and dependent children, aged 24 and under, in your residence application.
There is one small limitation
We have to explain the resident’s visa Expiry Date Travel to you and you’ll understand why when we move on to the permanent resident visa.
When you get your resident visa, you’ll see three dates:
- Start Date
- First Entry Before
- Expiry Date Travel
The Start Date is the date your visa was issued on. You, and your family, must enter New Zealand at least once before the First Entry Before date. If you are in New Zealand when your visa is issued, this date won’t apply.
The Expiry Date Travel is when your travel conditions expire. To travel in and out of New Zealand as a resident after this date, the conditions must be renewed.
Here’s the big benefit once you have a permanent residence visa
The permanent residence visa gives you the same benefits, rights and privileges as the resident visa, with one exception:
Your visa does not have travel conditions.
You’ll never again have to worry about checking expiry dates. Your travels will be stress free from the moment you have that permanent resident visa in your passport.
When can you apply for permanent residence?
You can apply for a New Zealand Permanent Residence visa after two years as a New Zealand resident. As with all visas, you’ll have to meet a number requirements during the application process.
Do you want to find out if you can are eligible for New Zealand’s Skilled Migrant visa?
To be eligible for these benefits, you’ll have to be eligible to apply for a Skilled Migrant visa. How do you find out? By doing a comprehensive immigration assessment.
You can book an assessment with us today still and one of our consultants will be in touch within 24 hours to get the ball rolling.
Who knows, you might be able to call yourself a New Zealand resident soon. But you have to take that first step – a comprehensive assessment.
New Zealand has just established a new coalition government and both parties advocated for cutting net migration figures during their campaigns.
The coalition agreement has already been released and migration is definitely still a focus point of the new government.
This means emigration might soon become more difficult or impossible for you. Our advice? To start your emigration as soon as possible – before new immigration regulations are possibly put in place.
Background to the election
New Zealand had an inconclusive election in September in which no party won a majority.
After much negotiation, the Labour Party, one of New Zealand’s largest political parties, formed a governing coalition with the New Zealand First Party.
This coalition has introduced a good deal of new policies focusing on climate change, regional development and poverty. However, immigration is also under the microscope and specific objectives are outlined.
The new government wants to put New Zealand first
As is evident from the New Zealand First Party’s title, New Zealanders are their main concern. During the election NZ First championed slashing net migration to 10 000 per year, strictly controlling family migration and making it harder for foreigners to become permanent residents.
The Labour Party subscribe to the same opinion – New Zealand first and campaign promises included cutting net migration by up to 30 000 per year, imposing stricter labour market testing for companies that want to hire foreign workers and eliminating student visas for ‘low value’ courses.
What are the exact plans?
As mentioned earlier, the coalition government’s agreement has been released and immigration is a key focus point.
In summary, the agreement states that the government wants to:
- Ensure that work visas reflect skills shortages;
- Cut down on low quality international education courses; and
- Take action on migrant exploitation, particularly international students.
The current state of immigration to New Zealand
New Zealand has already made changes to their immigration policy this year, with the skilled migration category affected.
These changes limited the skilled jobs able to be filled by foreign workers, introduced higher salary thresholds, and restricted the ability of low-skilled foreign workers and their families to live and work in New Zealand.
The stance the new government is taking should thus not come as a shock.
Could these changes affect you in future?
At this stage, it’s too early to say. The government is brand-new and although the coalition agreement is in place, the specifics and strategies are still undefined.
All we can tell you at this stage is that doing nothing is not the best tactic if you’re set on moving to New Zealand.
However, getting the ball rolling right now is a good strategy, as the sooner you know if you qualify to emigrate to New Zealand, the sooner you can start your emigration. And hopefully, if you spring into action now, before more stricter immigration policies come into play.
Interested in applying for an Essential Skills work visa? Do you want to set yourself up for success from the start?
Then you have to do two things:
- Get an assessment done to see if you are eligible for an Essential Skills visa.
- If you are, enter the process prepared.
As for the assessment, you can book it right here and one of our advisers will contact you.
To ensure that you have completed all the requirements for your visa application, keep the checklist below handy:
1. Secure a job offer
The Essential Skills work visa allows New Zealand employers to hire foreign workers. As such, you must have a job offer in order to be eligible for the Essential Skills work visa.
What must this job offer look like?
- A written, full-time job offer.
- Your remuneration is in line with your occupation’s ANZSCO level.
What do you need?
- Your occupation must be on the essential skills list and you must have skills and/or qualifications that’s necessary to perform the role.
All is not lost if your occupation isn’t on the essential skills list. You may still be able to apply under the Essential Skills category, it might just take a bit more work by the employer during the application.
2. Submit an Employer Supplementary Form
The New Zealand employer must complete and submit an Employer Supplementary Form. This form provides proof of the fact that attempts were made to recruit New Zealand citizens and residents.
The form asks for:
- Reasons why the particular job specifications are necessary for the role.
- Details of any New Zealand applicants who were considered for the role and who were not suitable or available.
- Reasons why New Zealand applicants could not be readily trained for the job.
3. Prove that you have the required skill level for the job that’s offered to you
This is not as easy as listing your skills on your CV. It is in fact a formal process that evaluates your qualifications, training and experience against what’s asked for by ANZSCO (the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations).
4. Obtain professional or trade registrations
You must get professional or trade registrations for certain occupations in order to take up your role in New Zealand. This means if you don’t have the registrations, you won’t be able to work.
That’s it – the four essential things to have for an Essentials Skills work visa
Your checklist items are essential, definitely, but the not the only requirements for an Essential Skills visa. You’ll still need to meet general requirements too, such as health and character requirements. It’s only when you meet all the criteria that you stand the best chance of getting your work visa.
Our advisers have picked up something during their daily dealings with clients. Many people enquiring about working in New Zealand assume that both the Skilled Migrant visa and Essential Skills visa offer permanent residency.
This is not the case.
Only the Skilled Migrant visa offers permanent residency to skilled workers. The Essential Skills visa offers temporary residency instead.
The outcome of your assessment will determine which visa you qualify for.
Skilled Migrant vs Essential Skills
Let’s elaborate on what we’ve just said:
How is it decided which visa you qualify for?
You’ll become eligible for a Skilled Migrant visa when you score 160 points or more in your points score. Points are awarded for:
- Skilled employment.
- Relevant work experience.
- Your partners score.
- Certain bonus points.
Be mindful of the fact that you’ll also still have to meet all the basic criteria.
What if my points score is less than 160 points?
When you don’t score 160 points or more in your New Zealand Skilled Migrant points score, you might still be eligible for an Essential Skills work visa. This is of course subject to also meeting the requirements of this visa:
- You must be in possession of a written full time job offer from a New Zealand employer.
- Your occupation must be on the essential skills list and you must possess the required skills and experience to carry out this occupation.
- Immigration New Zealand must be satisfied that there is no suitable New Zealanders for the position.
- You must have the necessary skills and/or qualifications to perform the role you have been offered.
- Your remuneration must be according to the ANZSCO level of your occupation and the newly published remuneration bands.
All is not lost if it’s residency you want
It happens from time to time that applicants assessed for Essential Skills work visas find they meet the required points score for Skilled Migrant visas.
Hence, get an assessment done as the first step in pursuing your dream of working in New Zealand. You never know what your points score might reveal.
Important too is to deal with a licensed adviser. It’s the only way to be sure that you’re dealing with a person who has all the latest knowledge on requirements and points.
Let’s recap residency when working in New Zealand
- The Skilled Migrant visa offers permanent residency, while the Essentials Skills visa offers temporary residency up to 5 years.
- To qualify for the Skilled Migrant visa, you must get 160 points or more..
- It might still happen that you apply for an Essential Skills visa and find out you do in fact qualify for a Skilled Migrant visa.
How do I get my points score?
The best way to find out what your points score is, is to have an assessment done by a licensed immigration adviser. Insist on seeing an IAA license number. No license to show? Then move along swiftly!
You’ll start a new job and set up a house. At the same time, get used to everything that’s new. And it’s bound to be a lot!
Fortunately, there are ways to make the settling-in period easier.
For starters, you’ll need to acknowledge that it’s going to be tough. After that it gets easier.
1. Accept that the first few months are going to test you
You’re living in New Zealand. You are thousands of miles away from what has been ‘home’ up to now.
It’s going to be tough. Perhaps tougher than you thought.
Get through the hardest patches by cutting yourself some slack. It’s okay to feel isolated, scared, homesick or even disappointed. Many expats, if not most, feel the same way in the first few months!
Sit down with the family for regular chats too. Talk to your partner about your feelings and invite them to do the same. Ask your children how they’re coping with the change. Kids might only speak up if you speak to them first.
2. Get connected as quickly as possible
We’re talking cell phones, Skype and emails here. The quicker you’re set up, the quicker you’ll be able to connect with friends and family back home again. Talking to the people you love most will get you through all the tougher moments.
3. Establish a routine
Routine makes most of us feel safe. You know what to expect and when to expect it. To expats it means a bit of calm in a stormy time.
Establish routine at home by drawing up a weekly schedule for the family. Add work, activities, even grocery store trips. Then put the schedule on the fridge where all the family members can see it.
You’ll feel much more in control of your situation in no time.
4. Explore your city
The sooner you get to know your city, the sooner it’ll start feeling like home.
Take a walk or do a sightseeing tour. Use the public transport system. Find out about festivals, sports days…anything that’ll introduce you to the local way of living and doing.
5. Make new friends with locals as well as other expats
Making friends is about much more than establishing a social circle. It’s about connecting with locals who can give you advice, information and support.
Here are a couple of ways to meet new people:
- Introduce yourself to neighbours, colleagues and other expats.
- Get back into a hobby or take up a new one and join a hobby group.
- Join a sports club if you’re sporty.
- Shop at your local grocer, go to the pub on the corner, have a breakfast at a local eatery and strike up conversations.
- Look for Meetup groups in your areas.
- Join an expat club or group.
6. Make time to relax
Scheduling regular downtime will refresh you to continue dealing with the stress of adapting to a new country. It doesn’t matter if it’s a massage, going for run, painting, a day out with the kids – do whatever relax you the most.
7. Deal with homesickness
You could do the best job possible at adjusting to your new life, but still get homesick. It usually happens to most expats at some stage, so don’t feel guilty.
Keep your heart and head happy by focusing on the positives of living in Australia. And believe that your homesickness will get better – because it will.
Don’t forget that you can always pick up the phone or switch on Skype for a chat when you’re missing home too much.
A final note on living in New Zealand
Remember why you made the move. You did it for a reason. Just focus on getting connected, exploring, setting up a routine and making new friends. You’ll be a fully-fledged, happy New Zealander in no time.
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Skilled migration to New Zealand is looking different as of today due to changes made to the essential skills work visa as well as the skilled migrant visa.
To understand the changes, you need to understand how the rules worked up to now and how the rules have now changed.
We’re going to keep our explanation as simple as possible, but it does get complicated!
We encourage you to email us or call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 to have a chat instead. It is now more important than ever to work with a professional!
Old rules vs new rules
To qualify for an essential skills work visa up to now, you must have met certain skill level requirements. INZ determined whether or not you met these requirements by evaluating:
- Your occupation’s ANZSCO level.
- Your work experience and qualifications.
- Your salary. Specifically – Is it market related?
In cases where the outcome showed that you do qualify for an essential skills work visa, the visa was then issued for up to 5 years.
Now INZ is adding a fourth qualifier to establish skill your level:
- Your hourly remuneration.
That’s not all that’s changing though – INZ has also introduced three skill bands.
Together all of these qualifiers determine how long you will be permitted to stay in New Zealand. (Keep in mind that the essential skills work visa is only a temporary visa.For residency you have to qualify under the skilled migrant category.)
Diving into the skill bands and remuneration requirements
There are now three skill bands as mentioned. These are:
Remember – your remuneration and ANZSCO occupation level will determine in which skill band you fall.
Here is how this will work:
|Remuneration||ANZSCO 1 – 3||ANZSCO 4 – 5|
|NZ$35.24+ per hour||HIGH||HIGH|
|NZ$19.97 – NZ$35.24 per hour||MID||LOW|
|Less than NZ$19.97 per hour||LOW||LOW|
Here’s what these classifications mean:
We already mentioned that the skill bands will determine how long you’ll be allowed to stay in New Zealand.
BUT your skill band will also determine the type of visa your partner or dependent child(ren) will be able to apply for on the basis of their relationship to you:
|Skill band||Maximum visa length||Maximum number of visas (renewals)||Eligible to support partner/child visa|
|Higher-skilled||5 years||Unlimited||Yes, partner work, student or visitor visa|
|Mid-skilled||3 years||Unlimited||Yes, partner work, student or visitor visa|
|Lower-skilled||1 year||Up to 3 years||Yes, but only visitor visas|
Let’s explain this:
You can renew your visa, as many times as you like, for 5 or 3 years on the higher-skilled or mid-skilled bands respectively. You visa status supports your family’s applications to work, go to school or simply visit you.
The lower-skilled band is different though.
Let’s take a closer look at the lower-skilled employment band
Should you qualify for an essential skills work visa on lower-skilled employment, it will be subject to the following:
- Your visa is only valid for one year and may only be renewed for up to 3 years.
- Once you’ve held an essential skills work visa for 3 years, you must spend 12 consecutive months outside of New Zealand BEFORE you can make another application for an essential skills work visa for lower-skilled employment.
- Your partner and children are only eligible to apply for visitor visas based on their relationship with you. If your family would like to also live in New
- Zealand while working or going to school they MUST apply for their own New Zealand visas. This means your family will have to make applications for work visas, student visas and meet the requirements for the visas in their own right.
Are these essential skills work visa changes all bad news?
No, not necessarily.
Even if you qualify under the lower-skilled band, you’ll still be allowed to make an application for another type of visa or an essential skills work visa based on mid-skilled or higher-skilled employment.
How, you ask? You might get promoted or get a raise during your employment period, both of which could qualify you for one of the top two skill bands.
What if I’ve already submitted my essential skills work visa application?
The essential skills work visa changes discussed here are only applied to applications made on or after today, 28 August 2017.
Special arrangements are in place to provide for family members of current essential skills work visa holders who will now fall under the lower-skilled skill band.
Please chat to one of our advisers about this if you are concerned that you’ll be affected. Our number is +27 (0) 21 202 8200.