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Kia Ora!

Earlier in November, I already posted a topic regarding obtaining a Skilled Migrant Visa while being in New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa.

Well, now we are 5 months later and we started the ball rolling. We moved out of our rental house and will come to New Zealand on a Working Holiday Visa in September.

I will try to get a job offer while Iím on a WHV and then apply for a Skilled Migrant visa.

As Iím working as a certified Software Tester, do you think we would best settle in Auckland or Wellington to get the best chances of getting a job offer?

For our temporary stay, I was thinking of renting a shared apartment which I will look for on TradeMe, nzflatmates or easyroommate. Would this be a good idea? Anyone used one of these sites before or have other suggestions?

Iím still worried we will succeed getting a Skilled Migrant visa as I only have one year of working experience. But we are very determined and are dreaming of starting our lives in New Zealand. So thatís why we are just going to try.

Any tips/suggestions, whatever information that would be useful for me, please share this, I would be very grateful!

Maybe in half a year I can open a new topic for some help in applying for the Skilled Migrant visa. Letís hope so! :-)

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Sorry to put a dampner on your plans, but I doubt you'll realize your dream going from Belgium WHV to Skilled Migrant Visa, assuming you mean Skilled Migrant Resident Visa.
I say this because the WHV only allows you to remain in NZ for a maximum period of 12 months and the SMC Resident Visa process takes at least several months to get through even with a job offer and sufficient points to have the EOI selected, so I doubt you would have sufficient time available in NZ on the WHV to allow SMC Resident Visa processing....you'd have to be getting a job straight away and then the company offering you a written permanent job which you could use in your SMC application and that is unlikely to happen so fast.
Instead, what you can consider is using any written job offer you do get in your 12 months here in an application for a temporary work visa - e.g. Essential Skills Work Visa or Talent/Accredited Employer or Work To residence Visa etc as these only consider you for up to 5 years (depending on the job offer), take much less time to process (a matter of weeks) and will then give you sufficient time to think about applying for the SMC Resident Visa.
The Temporary Work Visa also allows a partner to apply for a work visa of their own via the family stream - partner of a work visa holder, instead of having to apply on their own merit as in the WHV case.
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No worries escapedtonz. As long as we're in New Zealand and can continue building our future we'll be alright. I understand the SMC Resident Visa process takes at least several months to get through. However, if I manage to get a full time job offer in the first few months, I don't see why I shouldn't apply for the SMC Resident Visa.

I definitely will take a look at the temporary work options as well.

- Essential Skills Work Visa
- Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
- Work to Residence Visa

Are there any other temporary work visas I should take into account?

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No worries escapedtonz. As long as we're in New Zealand and can continue building our future we'll be alright. I understand the SMC Resident Visa process takes at least several months to get through. However, if I manage to get a full time job offer in the first few months, I don't see why I shouldn't apply for the SMC Resident Visa.

I definitely will take a look at the temporary work options as well.

- Essential Skills Work Visa
- Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa
- Work to Residence Visa

Are there any other temporary work visas I should take into account?
Yes there's a few temporary work visas now although they could just be renamed ones following the most recent changes 12 Oct 2016 - eg SMC work visa and/or LTSS work visa.

Just be wary that you cannot accept a permanent job when on WHV. You can get the permanent job offer in writing but you cannot do anthing else with it other than apply for either a temporary work visa or Resident Visa. You must remain on the same temporary work terms when on WHV or you would be in breach of the WHV conditions. This is another reason why I say about moving to the temporary work visa as it lifts the restrictions of the WHV and also gives you breathing space.
You can of course apply for Resident Visa and have it ticking away in the background for the long term AND apply for a temporary work visa for the short term.

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