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Old 17th July 2016, 04:36 PM
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I have just started looking into NZ immigration and found that the SMC Resident Visa is the best bet considering my area of expertise is listed in the skilled shortage list and I do have the requisite points (140+).

I also find that having a job offer would improve once chances of getting a visa tenfold. What surprises me is that the general timelines for an EOI to get picked and a SMC visa to be issues ranges anywhere between 3 to 12 months.

So my questions are as follows
1. Are the companies willing to wait for so long (risk of visa getting rejected )
2. If i do apply without a job offer but do have the required 140+ points and sometime midway of the visa process, if i do get an job offer can i use it to expedite my visa process?
3. Assume that I do get an offer, can I apply for the Essential Skills Work Visa instead? Will it be an easier option to immigrate. Can this be converted to an SMC Resident Visa later??

Sorry for putting too many questions in my first post. To be honest I am thinking out loud and really . just wanted some help to clear my head and take a final call for the plunge.

Thanks in advance for all the folks who are reading my post and responding to my queries.

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Hi Leo. I think if you have 140+ points, you should be approved for a skilled migrant visa without needing a job offer. At least that was the case until recently. Not 100% sure of the current situation.

You make some good points about the lag between job offer and approval. I wish I knew the answer.
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If you have the points and a job offer but a company does not want to wait and they engage an immigration consultant they would recommend the work to residence visa, you can get that much more quickly

https://www.newzealandnow.govt.nz/mo...nce-work-visas

If you have the points then go for it and if you get a job offer inform immigration but a residence visa can still take a long time.

If you get a work to residence visa and have the points, my advise would be to apply for a residence visa as soon as you can once you arrive.
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I have just started looking into NZ immigration and found that the SMC Resident Visa is the best bet considering my area of expertise is listed in the skilled shortage list and I do have the requisite points (140+).

I also find that having a job offer would improve once chances of getting a visa tenfold. What surprises me is that the general timelines for an EOI to get picked and a SMC visa to be issues ranges anywhere between 3 to 12 months.

So my questions are as follows
1. Are the companies willing to wait for so long (risk of visa getting rejected )
2. If i do apply without a job offer but do have the required 140+ points and sometime midway of the visa process, if i do get an job offer can i use it to expedite my visa process?
3. Assume that I do get an offer, can I apply for the Essential Skills Work Visa instead? Will it be an easier option to immigrate. Can this be converted to an SMC Resident Visa later??

Sorry for putting too many questions in my first post. To be honest I am thinking out loud and really . just wanted some help to clear my head and take a final call for the plunge.

Thanks in advance for all the folks who are reading my post and responding to my queries.

cheers.
Rao
1. Generally no they won't wait for that long. They will want you there asap. They are taking a massive risk on you so want to see the investment in post asap.
Best option in this scenario is a temporary work visa application at the same time....costs more but should only take a month and allow you to travel within 3 months. I'd say go for one that's gonna last at least 2 years. It'll mean you'll have to have the full medical and police reports but they'll also be good for the Resident Visa application and it'll give you a better status whilst waiting for the processing of the Resident Visa so you'll get subsidized healthcare etc just as if you were a Resident.
The Resident Visa application can be ticking along in the background and you can transfer the processing to be done in NZ.
You would also be hard pressed to get a Resident Visa awarded in 3 months....dunno where you've read that
If you submitted EOI and it was selected immediately it would take around 1 month to go through Preliminary checking and before you received the ITA.
You would then have 4 months to submit ITA which is the formal application form, all your evidence to support your points claim on the EOI, medical reports, police reports, qualification documents, work experience/skills evidence letters, relationship evidence etc. No way you are gonna pull all that off in 1 month to leave 1 month for processing, so lets say you are a Terminator and you do it in half the time - 2 months.....you are already at 3 months!!!
Takes a couple of weeks to get a confirmation email off INZ that your ITA submission has been received.
Also a couple of weeks for it to be assigned to a case officer.......We're at 4 months now.
Minimum 2 months for CO processiong assuming everything completely normal and no issues with any of your evidence or medicals etc. They have heaps of checking to do.....Now were at 5 months....The CO then makes a decision, so for arguments sake lets say they approve the visas (although you don't know yet!) The whole application must then get audited by another CO to ensure all their rules have been followed. Takes around 1 month.....Now we're at 6 months.
Final leg. You have to send in the passports and final levy fees and wait for the passports to be returned with the visas entered....takes at least 2 weeks maybe 3 depending on which courier used n all that jazz....Minimum total 6.5 months....

Never know it done much less than that.

2. You can update your EOI or visa application anytime during the process.

3. Yes, if you, the employer and the job meet the criteria of an Essential Skills Visa.
Be aware that temporary work visas are ONLY for the individual. If you also wish to travel with the rest of the family they'll also need visas based on the fact that you have (or will have) an Essential Skills Work Visa. So for example the wife will apply for a Temporary Work Visa via the Family Stream - partnership category and the kids will go for Dependant Visas either visitor for kids under 5 or study for kids 5 and over. You can apply for these all at the same time.
Yes this will be an easier option but only in the short term as it is a temporary visa. The minute you pass through Immigration in NZ the clock starts ticking.
No it cannot be converted into a Resident Visa.
If you subsequently apply for a Resident Visa for the family and they are approved the Essential Skills Visa and any other temporary visas that your family have immediately expire and become null and void as they are superseded by the Resident Visa.

Good luck.
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That was an exhaustive reply escapedtonz. Thanks a ton.

You are right.. 3 months is probably too much to ask for :-)

I have to send my qualifications for assessment to NZQA which could take 4 to 6 weeks. So I could use this time to get my documentary evidence ready. Lets say i submit my EOI and receive an ITA , i could send all the documents right away and keep my fingers crossed. Based on what you stated, it would take 6+ months either way which is perfectly fine with me.

Its heartening to note that EOI can be updated anytime during the process.

Thanks once again.

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