New Zealand emigration: 6 Tips to set yourself up for success
Do you have your heart set on taking your family to New Zealand?
Then you must read our six tips on New Zealand emigration. Each tip will reveal one thing you can do to set yourself up for success.
Let’s get straight to them…
1 Find out if you qualify to live in New Zealand
You won’t be able to enter New Zealand without a valid visa and you definitely won’t be able to work, study, do business or retire in New Zealand without the appropriate visa.
How do you find out if you qualify for a New Zealand visa?
You have two options:
- Do all the research yourself.
- Get help from an emigration adviser.
Our advice? Chat to an adviser. An adviser has what you don’t – expert knowledge on New Zealand emigration and experience in the industry.
Very important – ensure the adviser you approach is licensed! It is required by New Zealand law that immigration advisers for the country must be either licensed or exempt.
2. Get the right advice
As said above, you can tackle your emigration on your own or with the help of a licensed adviser.
Our recommendation will always be to work with an adviser. This is not just because we’re advisers ourselves:
New Zealand immigration regulations tend to change often.
If you don’t have the latest information, you could waste a lot of time and energy on incorrect visa applications. Don’t forget about the money you also stand to lose!
It’s easy to make mistakes when working out your points score for a skilled migrant visa
Our office regularly get calls from people just like you, excitedly telling us they qualify for a New Zealand skilled migrant visa. Unfortunately it’s often not the case because either:
- The calculation was done with a free online tool; or
- The calculation was done manually. In other words, the person had the points score system in front of them and did the calculation themselves.
The problem with online tools is that pertinent questions around qualifications and work experience are often not asked.
The reason behind manual errors are the same. It’s the background information and nuances you’re not aware of that could make all the difference in your score.
You won’t have these problems when you get a licensed adviser to help
As we said earlier, a licensed adviser has expert knowledge on New Zealand emigration and industry experience:
- You’ll have access to updated visa information at each moment of your application.
- You can rest assured that the person calculating your skilled migrant visa points score knows exactly what they’re doing.
Ask about other services too. Your emigration adviser should be able to help with the compilation of your application too.
Let us stress one more time – your emigration adviser must be licensed.
3. Get your paperwork in order asap
You’ll need to submit a lot of documentation with your application. Find out as soon as you can what would be required of you. Once you know, start getting it all together.
The sooner you can submit your visa application, the sooner you can proceed with the next steps.
4. Start working towards landing a job
Would you like to make your application safe in the knowledge that you have a job offer? Or do you ideally want to get a job shortly after you’ve settled?
Then start the work now. Research employers, prepare a New Zealand-style CV, register your details with recruiters and so on.
Obviously job hunting in a foreign country is daunting, so here is information and resources to help you out:
- Our 3 golden rules for looking for a job in New Zealand.
- How to get a job in New Zealand.
- Working in New Zealand.
- New Zealand CVs and cover letters.
5. Research the New Zealand way of doing things
There will be many differences between how things are done in New Zealand and your home country. The little things, like whether to tip or not after a meal, can be figured out once you get to New Zealand.
However, the bigger things, like health insurance, you should research beforehand. You certainly don’t want to have your family withouth health insurance during an emergency!
Other areas worth investigating before your New Zealand emigration would be:
It could also be good to read up on the New Zealand way of working if you’re going over there to work.
6. Save the equivalent of at least three months’ salary to use as a buffer
You might think that you’ve considered all the costs of setting up a new life in New Zealand, but trust us – surprise expenses pop up all too often.
With a financial buffer built into your planning you’ll be able to much better face costs that come as a surprise. This could be anything from having to pay import costs on something you didn’t expect to need, to admin fees on contracts or rental agreements. The little costs tend to add up quickly!
The most important is number 1 – check your eligibility for New Zealand emigration!
We cannot stress this enough – you must start by finding out if you do in fact qualify for a New Zealand visa.
It’s only when you know for sure that you can emigrate to New Zealand that you should go ahead, knowing you’re pursuing a dream that is actually within reach. That is the only way to protect your family, your time and your money.