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Hi all, I'm new to the forum! My partner and I are looking at emigrating to New Zealand. She has been offered a job already and are wondering how this affects me in the visa process? The question is, we are both in stable jobs but we don't own our own property etc... So we would be pretty much starting from scratch. We have been been to NZ twice already and really love the country! We both have have family in the country which also helps.

My question is, is it worth the effort? I would want to live in NZ to have a better quality of life. What are the pro's and con's?

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Hi all, I'm new to the forum! My partner and I are looking at emigrating to New Zealand. She has been offered a job already and are wondering how this affects me in the visa process? The question is, we are both in stable jobs but we don't own our own property etc... So we would be pretty much starting from scratch. We have been been to NZ twice already and really love the country! We both have have family in the country which also helps.

My question is, is it worth the effort? I would want to live in NZ to have a better quality of life. What are the pro's and con's?

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Hi John and welcome to the forum,

I think it is very much worth it but I am biased as I love it here after moving over from the UK 4 years ago. If you don't try you will never know and may always regret not giving it a go.
During the process I was very much realistic of everything that would happen, my expectations of NZ etc and didn't look at the process and NZ with rose tinted glasses on.
NZ is a great place to live for many many reasons, but it does take a lot of getting used to and some people can live with the changes and differences and others can't or struggle.

With your wife already having a job offer you have a couple of possible routes to take and all depends how long of a time period you are comfortable with and how long the company offering the job will wait :-
(1) Apply for a permanent visa which will be a Resident Visa (RV) via the Skilled Migrant Route. With your wife as the principal applicant, you as a secondary applicant (if you want to claim partner points) or a family member and your wife with a job offer your EOI score should be good enough to guarantee the EOI is selected and the process starts for you. This visa is likely to take 6-9 months with a job offer. Immigration do make these applications a priority since you have a job offer and they are aware the company will want the employee over in NZ as soon as possible. If the visa's are secured you would both be given RV and will be able to remain in NZ permanently. There will be some travel conditions, however you can have these lifted after 2 years by applying to upgrade the RV to Permanent Residency (PRV).
Will the company wait for so long ? Does this fit within your migration timeline ?
(2) Your wife apply for a temporary work visa based on the fact she has got a skilled job offer ? The employer would have to be accredited and approved by Immigration to offer skilled work to someone overseas. This all depends on the actual work offered, the length of time the job is offered, the salary and whether or not the occupation is on the Long Term Skill Shortage List etc. Immigration would have to be happy with all aspects of the employer and the job etc. Your wife could apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa or she could apply for Work To Residency ?
If she goes down either of these routes you would need to apply for your own visa on the basis of the Family Stream and you being the Partner of the main visa holder. In the case of the temporary work visa, if your wife was to secure one, you would be offered the same temporary work visa for the same period which will allow you to live study and work here temporarily just as in the case for your wife. The only difference would be you don't have to have a prior job offer.

Pro's (all subject to personal opinion of course) :-
Way less people.
People seem very friendly.
Not hoards of kids hanging around in bus shelter s when it goes dark.
Way less traffic.
It is much safer.
Less violent crime.
Shootings and stabbings aren't reported on the news daily.
Political correctness and H&S haven't yet gone mad.
Climate better depending on where in the country you settle.
The weather is generally better than anywhere in the UK. The further North you go the better the temperature and sunshine.
Work/life balance much better.
Work is way more laid back.
The scenery is stunning.
You don't need to jump on a plane to sit on a beach in the sun.

Con's (all subject to personal opinion of course) :-
In general you leave all your family behind.
It isn't easy to get back home as it's so far away.
The quality of drivers can be worse.
A lot of petty crime, gangs, weed problems, obesity problems in certain cultures, drinking and gambling problems. This has never affected us in any way but it is out there and easily evident if you open your eyes.
Much less choice in the supermarkets and shops.
The majority of goods and services are much more expensive.
The cost of living is high.
Salaries are generally a lot less.
Housing can be poor quality. Even new housing won't be up to the quality you are used to. Housing is expensive to buy and rent.


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Many thanks for the reply. I am aware of the cons as I have family there that have worked for a local council. The work/life balance is the main draw for me. Today I was thinking of the things I would miss in the UK, and must admit the list is pretty large! However, I feel our lives are in need of change and life is just to short!

As for the visa's, I'm not 100% sure on which route to take? I suppose alot depends on how long by partners new employers are willing to wait? My personal opinion would be to go for the permanent visa? Not sure of this cheaper in the long run? Also do you go through an agent or do the visa process yourself?

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Many thanks for the reply. I am aware of the cons as I have family there that have worked for a local council. The work/life balance is the main draw for me. Today I was thinking of the things I would miss in the UK, and must admit the list is pretty large! However, I feel our lives are in need of change and life is just to short!

As for the visa's, I'm not 100% sure on which route to take? I suppose alot depends on how long by partners new employers are willing to wait? My personal opinion would be to go for the permanent visa? Not sure of this cheaper in the long run? Also do you go through an agent or do the visa process yourself?

Thanks again.

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There's a lot that I miss from the uk but other than family and lifelong friends all the other things are really insignificant as they aren't the things that would keep you in a country or really make you homesick. You soon forget about the insignificant things when you've been living here a while.
We felt exactly the same. Wanted a change and life is too short to grow up, live and die in the same uk town.

Yes you need to ask how long the employer will keep the job open and decide from there.
Difference in visa application costs will be fairly minimal overall. The permanent RV process costs are all upfront over the period of the application process whereas you'll pay a similar amount the temporary route, but assuming this will lead to residency later, the costs will be more spread out over a couple or three years.

I'd you don't expect your application process to be complicated then don't waste your time and money on an advisor. Do it yourself.
It's pretty much well explained on the INZ website and on the application documents.

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