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    Default Have a Job offer for NZ need work Visa

    I have been offered a job and need to submit a work visa under essential skills as they have advertised the role and have been unable to recruit in NZ for the position. So they have offered me the job.

    I have some questions, I appreciate I will need some specific advise which I will book time with an advisor but am just looking for some general suggestions, that may also help others in a similar position.

    I am back in UK now and unsure weather to get back to Auckland and submit a work visa application or if it is best to do the application from the UK ?

    Also I have a full medical and x-ray plus police check so everything needed for a 2 year work visa but been told that a 12 month visa is easier and quicker and can be renewed ?

    My goal is residency as my family (parents and sister) are already residents, so I will submit a EOI under essential skills on starting my job in NZ or do an application under family category, although my parents would need to sponsor me for this as sister has just gone to Australia to work and my parents wouldn't qualify to sponsor me for another 15 months.

    All very exciting, plus its working for a company that I am very excited about in a job I love, in a country I love

    Any general pointers would be very much appreciated.. and I will keep the forums updated with my progress

    Thanks

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    Hello and welcome.

    Congratulations on the job!

    Waiting for sponsorship under the family category is going to take longer than any other sort of visa. There's a capped quota, and even once your sponsors are eligible, time-wise, you wouldn't be assigned to a Case Officer for up to 2 years. So as you're eligible in your own right to put in an application under Skilled Migrant, that's probably the thing to do.

    I may be wrong, but I think (and someone will correct me if necessary), that if you need to renew a work visa after a year, then you have to do medicals, police check, etc., at that point. As you've got them (and it won't have been cheap), I'd be inclined to use them and go for the full 2 years. You might even submit your EOI such a short time later that you could use the same medicals again. (I'm writing this without checking all the regulations through - I'm not sure from memory how soon you're eligible to put in the EOI.)

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    Hi and welcome!

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    Default How

    Can I ask how you got the job, what type, were you in NZ and got a job offer, or was it from applying in the UK?
    My wife and I are in a similar situation. Daughter in NZ and we want to join her but the sponsor scheme takes so long. Good luck and well done, you have cracked the big thing of the job offer when your a none resident
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    Hello, an update apologies for the delay it has all been so busy. We'll I decided to use an advisor and phoned around a few to get quotes and ask questions to decide who to use. I was unsure about using an advisor as seem to read mixed reviews I can say it was the best thing I could have done, fantastic service and so reassuring to be able to pick up the phone or email a question.

    So I was sent a list of required paperwork and evidence, he also liased with the employer, sending forms and requesting documents that needed to be sent back to the uk. This in all took about 3 weeks then the application was submitted to london for a 2 year work visa, just over a week later I get a call from the case CO to introduce himself and ask a question about dates, after which he told me he was approving my visa from today.

    In all from job offer while visiting in NZ to visa just under 2 months! Shipping out in a couple of weeks and can look forward to enjoying NZ. Next step PR

    I read lots on here about advisors and are they worth using etc and I wanted to post my very positive experience, I do think a large part of the quick and successful application was it was put together in such a professional manner. I also found it really reassuring to be able to phone or email questions. Yes they do cost money and yes the information can be found on the NZI website and in forums, but personally it was brilliant to know that everything was done and presented correctly and the end result speaks for itself. I am going to submit an application for PR and will be using an advisor for this as well, I see it as an investment and well worth it.
    Last edited by helterskelter; 14th February 2011 at 06:00 AM.

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    can you let me know ballpark what the advisor charged?

    well done on the visa

    you must be very happy

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    Around the 500 pound I had quotes that were higher! At 750 in the end it was more about the agent that I felt comfortable with and offered a personal one on one service rather than just another client. Good luck

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