The start of this blog coincides with my wife and I looking to move to New Zealand from the UK. You could argue this was made easier by her having been offered a job from the skills shortage list by an approved employer but I thought I would give the benefit of my wisdom if you are thinking of moving overseas…
1. Get the job first…if it is on the shortage list then it smooths the process.
2. In our case, we were assigned an immigration advisor…to be honest, they didn’t do a great deal except help us fill in a few forms and steer us in the right direction…but it is great to have a comfort blanket. I am in the hat as a partnership application so I can do whatever job I wish for 2 years…my wife is restricted.
3. Get the police certificates to prove you are innocent of all crimes (get someone respectable to endorse it). A certificate worth framing. In 2013 the price was at least £45 each.
4. Get your medicals done. We used a private hospital in Manchester which was £300 each (I kid you not) for about an hour of appointment time. At least it proves you are disease-free.
5. Send off your immigration forms to New Zealand Immigration in London. They turned our work to residence and partnership visas around in just a week which was great.
We now have the task of getting ready to go. Loads to do but YES! WOO HOO!
I will keep you posted…