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:

Sarah Hewitt is an absolute professional, she dots every “I” and crosses every “T”, she misses nothing and is always thinking 5 steps ahead.

Sarah has guided us through a Visitor visa, Work visas and finally Residency visas within the span of 19 months. At this point she feels like part of the family.

I highly recommend Sarah to anybody who is thinking of migrating. Thank you Sarah for all you have done for me and my family.

~ Christelle and Hannes Groenewald


Sarah’s knowledge and understanding of NZ immigration requirements is phenomenal. When we first started considering immigration we had lots of questions – all of which Sarah was able to answer with sound information.

Her guidance and assistance with selecting the correct visas, compiling the necessary documentation support for the applications, and ensuring that we met each requirement with the right information was instrumental. Her service is professional, and her nature kind.

We highly recommend that anyone who is considering the move to NZ get in contact with Sarah!!

~ Kelly Sauerman


It has been a journey over 3 years in the making, but I am grateful to say that our family finally got our New Zealand residency approved yesterday.

I can highly recommend Sarah and Intergate Emigration, who first helped us with our initial visas when we decided to make the move in 2017, and then our residency application in 2018/9.

Thank you again Sarah for all your help, it will always be greatly appreciated!

~ Jayson Benade

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