What is Permanent Residency? I thought Residency was Permanent.
In most cases, but not all, new Residents are asked to live in New Zealand for 184 days in each of the 2 year period following their successful application for Residency. This is to help you settle in your new home. After this period a Resident can apply for PR when travel conditions fall away and you can come and go as you please. NZ Emigration will make sure you understand the conditions of your specific Visa so no mistakes are made. Failure to comply with your Visa conditions may mean you lose your Residency status.
Can I change jobs when I am in NZ?
If you are on a Temporary Work Visa then your Visa is specific to your Employer. You must either notify Immigration with a Variation of Conditions form if your are eligible or apply for a New Visa.
For Residency you will have the right to change jobs once you have met any qualifying criteria which is usually working for your Employer for 3 months once you have moved to New Zealand.
I have a medical condition. Will this stop me being able to apply?
Some medical conditions will sadly prevent you from applying but these are usually severe conditions. Please contact us to learn more.
Does my Partner travel on the same Visa as myself?
For Temporary Visas, no. Each member of the family will need their own Visa and a fee is charged for each application. Dependant’s Visas will be linked to the Principle Applicant.
Families of Skilled Migrants will apply under the same application. One set of fees for everyone with the exception of the Migrant Levy where each member of the family will make a contribution.
What is the schooling like in New Zealand?
New Zealand can quite rightly boast that their schooling system is one of the best in the world.
Can I take my pet/s to New Zealand?
The UK is an designated rabies free zone which simplifies procedure on pet quarantine to New Zealand. The first step is to get your pet vaccinated, blood tested and micro chipped which you should plan at least 7 months in advance of them being transported to New Zealand.
There are good pet transporters working out of the UK who will help you with any permit paperwork and steer you in the right direction as to which quarantine centers are available to you when your pet arrives. 10 day quarantine is mandatory on arrival in NZ for UK pets. Spaces on flights for pets are limited and booked well in advance so if you are considering accompanying your pet on the same flight please make early enquiries.
When should I start work with an Immigration Adviser?
To get the maximum advantage from the professional guidance of a Licensed Immigration Adviser it is best to start work before you need to make any applications. Our Clients are always surprised at the amount or details of supporting evidences needed and often need time and help getting this organized.
Am I eligible to apply for Residency?
Not all professions can apply for Residency and you need to meet qualifying criteria to start the process. Please contact us and we can give you let you know quickly if you are likely eligible.
Will my New Zealand employer wait while I apply for Residency?
Talk to NZ Emigration. If you have a job waiting for you in New Zealand then Immigration may be able to help by prioritizing your application.
Does my profession need to be listed on the Skill Shortage Lists to apply for Temporary Visa?
The Skill Shortage Lists simple lists those professions that Immigration knows are in demand in New Zealand. If yours in not on there it does not mean you cannot apply, or being successful, but extra care needs to be taken in the supporting paperwork when you apply.
Why should I use an Immigration Adviser?
You may have been planning this move to New Zealand for years so it important to you? You may need a Visa in a hurry or you do not understand the small print because you do not know where to find it? By choosing to work with NZ Emigraton you know that you have a engaged the services of an experience expert who has done this many times.