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Hi!

My boyfiend and I are currently in the process of sorting things out for the big move to New Zealand. We've been preparing our EOI but have recently become hesitant due to the potentially long processing times. Ideally we'd like to move by the begining of September but this looks unlikely with the long application process.

We are both 28 and so could move out quickly via the 2 year working holiday scheme and then apply for permanent residence while there. So at the moment we're weighing up the options of Working holiday visa vs skilled migrant.

If anyone has any experience of having done this then it would be great to hear your advice! Particularly we'd like to know...

How difficult is it to find skilled work while on a working holiday visa? (and I'm guessing bank accounts/accomadation is harder too?)

Is it easier to apply for the skilled migrant visa while in the country?

We don't have job offers in NZ but are high on the points threshold due to qualifications and having family out there already.

Thanks!
 

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Thanks for your comments! We were worried about the working holiday visa for the same concerns you mention but are still unsure which option would be best.

Industry wise I'm a research statistician (qualifies for skills shortlist) and my boyfriend is a research chemist. We both have 2 years work experience after our PhDs. While we could apply for jobs from here, a lot we have seen say that you must already have permission to work in NZ. And also, although we would ideally like to relocate to NZ permanently, we would like to travel around a bit too, rather than getting there and having to start a job immediately. So in that respect our application for a working holiday visa wouldn't be false, we would like to holiday too, but would like a "proper job" before too long.

When you mention applying for a res visa and then going out on a holiday visa is that possible? Originally we thought that would be a good plan... go for the long route and if that is too slow go on a working holiday while we wait. I thought that could potentially be problematic thou as you have to send off your passport with the full application.

Good luck with the decision Mizz, let us know what you do!
 
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