4 Uncomfortable truths about emigrating (Plus the good news)

/ / New Zealand Immigration Advice

Immigrating is a huge undertaking. Especially if you’re doing it as a family! However, most people entering the emigration process do not fully realise what lies ahead.

Is it worth it? Of course! You’re opening doors to new opportunities and a better life for yourself and your family.

But how do you prepare yourself for the journey? A good way to start is by reading the uncomfortable truths (and the good news) below.

1. There’s going to be a lot of admin

Many applicants are surprised by the amount of admin that’s involved in their application.

You have to gather the required documents, complete the necessary paperwork, do the applicable tests, and apply for professional registrations if your occupation asks for it.

Everything has to happen at the right time too and it also has to happen in a way or format that meets Immigration New Zealand’s requirements.

The good news

Our immigration advisers guide you every step of the way. You’ll know exactly what is required of you and when it is required. Our team even go as far as booking English tests for you, leaving you with more time to focus on the other parts of your emigration.

2. You might not be able to emigrate as quickly as you’d like

You can’t wait to pack your bags and get on that aeroplane! And who can blame you? New Zealand is a dream destination.

Unfortunately, your emigration might not always happen as quickly as you want it to.

For instance, Immigration New Zealand might get an influx of applications for a new visa category which means everyone has to wait a bit longer on their outcome of their visas. Or, as we all now know, a pandemic could strike!

The good news

You can rest assured that we always compile your application as quickly as possible. And while we cannot influence Immigration New Zealand’s process or decision in any way, we do undertake to ensure that you’re never left in the dark about what’s happening with your application.

3. Emigration is not cheap

There are a lot of costs to consider when emigrating, from paying the movers to putting down a deposit on a home or importing your pet. You’ll also have to pay government fees and you might need to pay for English tests and registrations too.

The good news

When you deal with us, you’ll know exactly how much your visa application will cost. Simply book a consultation call!

Firstly, and most importantly, you’ll discover during the consultation call if you are eligible to move to New Zealand. You don’t want to spend money on a visa application if you don’t!

If you are eligible to immigrate to New Zealand, our licensed advisor will also discuss your visa options with you. However, if you aren’t immediately eligible, our advisor will discuss the best way forward.

After the call, if you are eligible to apply for a visa, you’ll get a complete quote outlining the costs of your application. Our team can also refer you to reputable pet importers and English language teachers so that you have an even better idea of the costs involved.

4. Emigration is not for the faint-hearted

It is almost guaranteed that your stress and anxiety levels will rise during the application process. Mostly because it’s an unfamiliar process and because it’s such an important step in your life.

The good news

Our advisers will see to it that don’t have to go through it alone. Our team will always ensure that your stress and anxiety is kept to a minimum by seeing to it that all requirements are met and by giving you realistic timelines and expectations.

Here’s what some of our recent clients had to say:

I highly recommend Intergate Emigration.

The team is amazing, they have always answered my question very quickly and understanable.

The whole application process went very well even during the pandemic.

I would suggest every future applicant to Maike’s team.

Thank you for making my dream come true.

~ Marcel Pangerl

We as the Sweeney family are proud to offer our recommendation of Maike Versfeld to whom we have got to known better over the last 3 years as our immigration agent.

During our relationship we have experienced an individual who works hard and carries herself in a polite, respectable manner.

Maike is a highly qualified person, she takes all your concerns in consideration. She listens to your needs and advise accordingly. She plans ahead and prepare you for the next step. She is understanding and took our family’s move very seriously.

We are extremely satisfied with Maike’s service, it is worth every cent. We did not have to re-submit any paperwork , all was done once.

We thank you Maike for your kind words when we were worried. We can not think how difficult it could have been if this was not handled by you.


~ Anel Sweeney

We highly recommend Katrin and her team at Intergate Emigration!

It was a long process to organise everything as my husband and I have been married for over 6 years and we had no idea how much information was needed. From the first initial contact Katrin made us feel relieved and confident that they would be available for any information if needed.

A very special thank you to Natanya, she was amazing and if we had any questions she was happy to answer them. Many emails went back and forth. We really felt that we were in capable hands.
What I like best was the personal touch, especially the phone call to inform us that both visas were granted.

We are so grateful and appreciate everything that was done for us and we have no hesitation in recommending Intergate Emigration.

~ Karen Eichinger

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