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Greetings! I have applied for the SMC visa and am currently awaiting the case officer to be assigned. The application lodgement was in Oct 2019 and the current status when checked online is pending. Would appreciate if you guys could answer my queries listed below:-

1. If I have a baby during this period of uncertainty (since the child was not included in the application as he/she was not born ), and in the meantime if my SMC visa is approved, what will be the process & how long will it take to include the child in the application?

2. I've heard upon Approval, usually, the primary applicant -Husband (in my case) is issued the job search visa. But what about the dependant -wife? What visa will she be issued if she wants to accompany the husband to NZ? Can the wife also look for a job or only the primary applicant is entitled to job search? and only after the primary applicant secures a job, the dependant can apply for jobs?

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Dear all,

Greetings! I have applied for the SMC visa and am currently awaiting the case officer to be assigned. The application lodgement was in Oct 2019 and the current status when checked online is pending. Would appreciate if you guys could answer my queries listed below:-

1. If I have a baby during this period of uncertainty (since the child was not included in the application as he/she was not born ), and in the meantime if my SMC visa is approved, what will be the process & how long will it take to include the child in the application?

2. I've heard upon Approval, usually, the primary applicant -Husband (in my case) is issued the job search visa. But what about the dependant -wife? What visa will she be issued if she wants to accompany the husband to NZ? Can the wife also look for a job or only the primary applicant is entitled to job search? and only after the primary applicant secures a job, the dependant can apply for jobs?

Thanks in advance !
1. As soon as your child is born you should ensure you register the birth, obtain a birth certificate and get a passport for them. Once you have all this you can get a medical completed for the child and add them to your application.

2. Incorrect.
I'm assuming your EOI has at least 160 points otherwise it wouldn't have been selected.
If it also doesnt contain points for an NZ job offer or NZ work experience or NZ study experience then your visa WILL NOT be approved.
The best you could hope for is a 1 year job search visa for the principal applicant only. If you agree to this opportunity your SMRV application will be placed on hold and you'll be able to travel to NZ to live and work here with the purpose of getting a skilled job offer.
Your partner or dependents are unable to join you. They have no right to be here with you on a job search visa. They could come with you on visitor visas but they would have to abide by those conditions and they wouldnt be able to stay for the same length of time. They'd have to prove sufficient funds for their stay and they'd have to have a ticket out of NZ before their visa expired. That is their only option. They cannot get a visa on the back of your job search visa.
Once the primary applicant gets a skilled job offer they can then use that to re-start the SMRV application and after a few more months processing thay may gain approval of SMRV for all persons on the application. This is when your partner and dependents can officially join you in nz as residents.
If you dont find a skilled job offer in that year you must leave and your application for SMRV will be declined.
When here on job search visa you can work in any job and any industry so long as it is legal but bear in mind you need a permanent skilled job offer in order to satisfy the SMRV criteria to then secure that visa.
When here as a resident your partner can then apply for jobs doing whatever she wants so long as it is legal.
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Thank you so much for your detailed explanation. I have 175 points without any NZ job offer, NZ work/study experience so I am expecting the job search visa. I truly appreciate you taking the time to answer my queries, it has greatly helped in putting my mind at ease.

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