Working and living in New Zealand...

... is desirable for many, and New Zealand, as a trading country with a small local population, needs a continuous inflow of skilled people with global experiences.

New Zealand immigration rules are much more transparent and easier to navigate than in most other desirable nations, and immigration advice can only be lawfully provided by Licensed Immigration Advisers or exempt persons (that is not your neighbour or friend...). Immigration advice is not cheap in New Zealand, but Licensed immigration Advisers usually know the most appropriate ways to obtain a work permit and residence, for New Zealand.

Most foreigners start with a visitor visa, to travel to NZ and understand its economy, the boundless natural beauty, the safe living environments, its free schools, free healthcare, and the other features of a Commonwealth country that makes New Zealand so attractive for migration. 

Many others begin their journey to New Zealand as a university student, either from scratch as a bachelor student, or as an experienced manager with a fast 1-year MBA study. Following the studies a 3-year open work visa allows time to find skilled employment which then leads directly to residence.

There are pathways to residence through work visa (sponsored by employers and for jobs where no local talent is available), through investment (upwards of NZ$1 Million invested for 4 years in the country, or upwards of NZ$10 Million invested for 3 years) which entitles the investor to residence, and with a point-based residence scheme for qualified and experienced managers (qualification and experience can be from the home country or through study and work in New Zealand).

There are also opportunities for parents/grandparents and retirees to live in New Zealand, usually based on financial self-sufficiency or family sponsorship.

After 2 years of Resident you can apply for Permanent Resident (that removes travel restrictions and allows living overseas) and generally after 5 years there is a pathway to obtaining New Zealand citizenship, which then also allows visa-free travel to and work in, Australia. Two countries for the price of one!

You wouldn't ask your neighbour to do eye surgery on you after she watched a few YouTube videos, so don't do Do-It-Yourself immigration advice! Like in most countries, what looks like 'easy' government forms does not always turn out to be easy to complete and submit with evidentiary attachments, and no one should start a journey to New Zealand with a declined application. I am happy to spend time with you, no cost, to evaluate what the best choices are for you to work and live in New Zealand.

In Zealand, the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment manages the NZ Immigration Service, and the MBIE Registrar of Immigration Advisers has appointed me to his 2021 Licensed Immigration Advisers Reference Group as adviser.


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