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Expat Guide To Moving To New Zealand

December 4th, 2017

New Zealand Immigration Guide

If you’re one of those for who quality of life is your top most priority, then New Zealand is definitely the place to consider if you plan on migrating. The beautiful green surroundings, the mild and sunny climate coupled with uncrowded beaches and the beautiful countryside make New Zealand an irresistible destination.

New Zealanders love outdoor activities; be it surfing, fishing or even growing and eating fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables. After a good day’s work, the residents of this country enjoy activities that allow them to connect with nature. They believe in living lives where family and friends become an important part of their recreation.

So, if you’re thinking about moving to New Zealand, we thought we’d make this process simpler by sharing a few tips to help you decide on making this stunning and scenic country your home.

Choose the best visa

New Zealand provides visas for visits, to pursue higher education, to work, and even to invest in the country. So, the first thing to do is to research on which visa you’re eligible for and which one best suits you. The country’s immigration policies are developed to support its economic growth. So, if you have the right skills and experience, you can make New Zealand your permanent home.

Research before applying for jobs

As a country, New Zealand is continually looking to bridge the Human Resource gap, especially when it comes to specialist and several generalist skills. If you’re looking to move permanently or for work, you’ll need a work or a resident visa. The country allows you to apply for jobs and even get one, before you get your visa. This can be your way into the country, with even potential employers helping you out with your visa application.  But, before you go about applying for a job, do your own research, as this will help you understand the country’s main industries, the required skills and most importantly – you’ll be better prepared on how to present yourself.  

Plan your finances before you arrive

The country is known to have the least cash circulating per person than any other OECD country. This is because the people in the country prefer cashless and mobile payments, for even relatively small purchases. Salaries and wages are paid directly to a bank account and if you’ve got a job, it would be a good idea to open a bank account before you move. This will help you transfer money into the account, thereby helping you settle-in comfortably. If you’re looking for an affordable way to send money make sure you check out Xpress Money.

Research well on the cost of living

The cost of living varies when compared to different countries. According to Mercer’s 2017 Cost of Living Survey, the country has jumped up in the global ranking to 61, up from 98 in 2016. But, regardless of the rising costs, expats continue to move to the country and can manage a high standard of living with their income. You can calculate your cost of living in the country here.

Staying positive all the way

As per the New Zealand immigration policy, once all the required documents have been submitted, it should take around 25 days for a Work visa to be processed and around 6 months to receive a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa. While you go through the visa process and while you are looking out for a job, it’s important to always stay positive and to not lose hope. What’s good is that according to the New Zealand immigration statistics, there have been far more applications that have been accepted than have been denied, in the last year.  

How to become a Citizen

Once you have arrived, you would want to give yourself a round of applause as the landscape, beaches, climate and the friendly New Zealanders, won’t let you down. Most people enjoy their stay and want to become one with the Kiwis. If you are one among them, then you could consider getting a New Zealand citizenship too. To gain a citizenship, one will need to be a resident for at least five years, communicate in English, and have no criminal record. If you’re keen on being a citizen, the first thing to do is to understand the responsibilities and privileges of the New Zealand citizenship.

So, there you have it. We hope our quick and easy notes will help you plan your move to New Zealand. Happy travels!