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  1. Balance the Parents Residence Policy with Parents Long Term Temporary Visa Policy

    Coffee lounge : Immigration sharing ideas
    The government’s new Parents’ residence policy is currently hugely criticized. The government is quite right if they wanted to develop an immigration policy which is meant to favor New Zealand. But this newly introduced parents residence policy is apparently in no way in favor of the country...
  2. Should we realise some USA capital gains while overseas?

    Expat Tax
    Hi all, My partner is a US national now living in New Zealand still in the transitional tax resident stage meaning her USA investments are not yet subject to New Zealand capital gains tax. She has some USA-based equity investments with some hefty unrealised long term capital gains. She is also...
  3. How best to handle USA-based investment accounts

    New Zealand Expat Forum for Expats Living in NZ
    Kia ora koutou, My partner is a US national still in the transitional tax resident stage. She has some USA-based equity investments with some hefty unrealised long term capital gains. She is also earning well under the US$103,900 exclusion amount so isn't paying USA taxes on her NZ income. I'm...
  4. Moving to NZ : Pre Qualification Experience

    Coffee lounge : Immigration sharing ideas
    I know Australia has strict rules on pre-qualification experience and even with CDR, we can't claim points for pre-qualification experience. But NZ's official points calculator claims that I can claim points by deducting 5 years of experience for a qualification. I have 7 years of...
  5. UK Spouse Visa for US partner, applying from NZ

    Britain Expat Forum for Expats Living in the UK
    Hi there, I've been lurking and trying to piece together information, however I am feeling quite overwhelmed and would really appreciate some help. I am a British Citizen by birth, I've been living in New Zealand for 4.5 years and my American partner (John) is here on a work visa. We are...
  6. Expats are driving New Zealand’s population up, official data shows

    Articles: Australasia & the Pacific Islands
    New Zealand’s population is set to reach five million late this year or early in 2020 with people moving to live and work the biggest contributor to the increase, officials suggest. The population reached 4.9 million at the end of September 2018, according to data from Statistics New Zealand...
  7. SMC without NZ work&study experience

    Coffee lounge : Immigration sharing ideas
    Hello, I'm able to reach 165 points for SMC. However I do not have any NZ work or study experience. So what are the chances of acquiring SMC Visa without NZ experience? Is it worth to try?
  8. Addressee of the Employment reference letter for NZ

    Coffee lounge : Immigration sharing ideas
    My employer won't give a employment reference letter without a proper addressee(he refuse to address to 'To whom it may concern'). Therefore what should be the addressee of the Employment reference letter for New Zealand Skill Migrant Category?
  9. Level 7 Graduate diploma New Zealand

    Coffee lounge : Immigration sharing ideas
    Hello Friends I was planning to do Level 8 post diploma in IT, but when I read one article . I have seen that level 7 graduate diploma(Information technology) can also take spouse with work permit if it is in Long term skill shortage list. So I would like to know that to get work permit for...
  10. Case officer assignment.

    Coffee lounge : Immigration sharing ideas
    Hi All, How long does it take to get a Case Officer assigned? I have submitted my documents on 24th September at Manukau office but yet no case officer has been assigned. I just have received an email saying that I would take five months. On the forum and I have read that I could take only...
  11. STudent Visa to New Zealand after 3 rejections from Canada

    Coffee lounge : Immigration sharing ideas
    Hi, I am Indian citizen working in Bahrain as a Civil Engineer. I had applied for Canada student visa 3 times, but unfortunately I was rejected all the 3 times. First time, I submitted the application online from Bahrain for a 1 year graduate certificate course and was rejected with the below...
  12. Number arriving in New Zealand on work visas up by 2.5%

    Articles: Australasia & the Pacific Islands
    More people are arriving in New Zealand to work, especially from the UK, but overall the country is seeing migration fall from record levels last year, official figures show. Annual net migration was 62,700 in the 12 months to September 2018, down 8,300 from the previous year, according to the...
  13. Work experience letter

    Coffee lounge : Immigration sharing ideas
    Hi For New Zealand under SMC category - If my present organization and past organizations do not issue the letter with details about my roles/responsibilities, hours of work per week then what other documents can I submit as my proof of employment, as an alternative. Will salary slips (or tax...
  14. Annual migration falls in New Zealand due to more people leaving

    Articles: Australasia & the Pacific Islands
    More people are leaving New Zealand, with the latest official figures showing that annual net migration was down 8,800 to 63,300 in the 12 months to August 2018, the lowest for the month since 2015. Net migration is continuing to ease from the record high of 72,400 in the year ended July 2017...
  15. Spouse Visa: applying from NZ. Supporting docs and online app go separate ways?

    Britain Expat Forum for Expats Living in the UK
    Hi there, I've just completed my online spouse visa application and paid the relevant fees (also opted for Priority Service). Booked in for Biometrics on Friday. Post biometrics I was expecting to package up my entire application and post to Auckland UK Visas and Immigration, Private Bag...
  16. Immigration continues to boost the size of New Zealand’s population

    Articles: Australasia & the Pacific Islands
    People moving to New Zealand to work and live continue to be the main driver behind the nation’s rising population, edging towards five million, the latest official figures show. As of the end of June 2018 the country’s population was 4,885,300, which is the equivalent of adding the population...
  17. SMC job search visa

    Coffee lounge : Immigration sharing ideas
    Are there any success stories who obtained SMC job search visa and then got a job and ultimately got PRV after the new regulations imposed in Aug 2017? Will it be a risk to apply for JSV (obviously without having a job offer) at this point?
  18. A New Zealand drivers license IS NOT transferable to a unrestricted UK license.

    Britain Expat Forum for Expats Living in the UK
    Sorry for the dramatic headline, it's technically incorrect, but if you're hoping you can do a like-for-like swap, read on: I've just exchanged my NZ drivers license for a UK one. DVLA will give you back an "automatic only" licence. Which means you can legally only drive automatic...
  19. Surviving Culture Shock - U.S. to N.Z.

    General Expat Discussions
    Hello everyone, I'm new here, but was hoping to get some actionable advice as I'm struggling a fair bit. I just moved from the U.S. to New Zealand after about 8 1/2 months of planning and preparations to be with my long distance partner who I have since moved in and began our journey together...
  20. Record number of people visit New Zealand, immigration still high

    Articles: Australasia & the Pacific Islands
    A record number of people are visiting New Zealand with the latest official figures showing that there were 3.82 million in the 12 months to March 2018. It means that New Zealand has seen an increasing number of overseas visitors for the last five years, from 2.61 million in the March 2013...
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