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Applying For Immigration To New Zealand; An Extremely Rewarding Process

Aug 30, 2008
New Zealand for the past few years has been pursuing an immigration policy that encourages migrants to enter Kiwi life and society. This is because there are deficiencies in the New Zealand economy and in certain industries they currently have a shortfall in the number of workers. Preferably they want those pursuing immigration to be willing to work, and contribute to the Kiwi society. For those considering immigration, it is worth looking into these shortfalls to see whether they will be applicable as a 'skilled migrant'. If so then immigration could be an extremely simple procedure.

The immigration service lays down the industries in which they need workers. To see these in detail their website is the ideal place to check although generally they require workers in public sector positions. Workers in the medical and educational professions will be desirable although the service will want migrants to New Zealand to be of a good working age, that is between twenty and fifty five, as well as meeting other criteria along the lines of character and health. For instance, serious health problems may ruin chances of migration, as would legal offences with drugs or violent conduct.

The immigration service uses a points system to assess each and every candidate. To achieve a points rating the first step is to put in an expression of interest or EOI. After this your points will be determined along the lines of skills and experience. For those who gain more than one hundred and forty points, acceptance will be almost guaranteed, while those falling into lower brackets will normally be assessed on a case by case basis. If your points meet the grade, the service will normally send a invitation to apply or ITA.

It is now that proof of your character, health and skills will be asked for. These can be gained by obtaining a doctor's note, a letter from the local police or council and a number of relevant references from the world of work. Sometimes, even if this proof is not presented, the candidate will be passed onto the interview stage so immigration service workers can assess all of the factors on the personal level.

As previously stated, working as a teacher, lecturer or anyone in the medical profession will improve chances of acceptance. There other industries however that also need workers, IT and agricultural staff are in constant demand as are workers with trades such as electricians, plumbers and builders. Engineering qualifications of degree level or higher will also do a great deal to improve chances of acceptance.

The people of New Zealand believe in working hard, and playing even harder. With such a large amount of open space sports and outdoor pursuits are popular. Rugby, cricket and even football are played regularly all over the country while camping, surfing, skiing and rock climbing are also performed in abundance. With such a great work-life balance present in New Zealand it is unsurprising that so many wish to migrate to this wonderful nation.

If you consider yourself eligible it may well be worth applying to the immigration service. Each year there are a number of conferences that enable those who are interested to find out more information on emigration. While New Zealand is on the other side of the world, it has many likenesses with the UK whilst retaining its own distinctive character. With stunning mountains, beautiful beaches and wide open spaces it really is a paradise; so if considering making the leap, do some research into your own eligibility and you could be on your way in no time.
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Cultural expert Thomas Pretty looks at New Zealand immigration service procedures and why so many choose to emigrate down under.
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