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    Default Hello From US:-)

    Hello everyone,

    I am new to the forum and glad to have found this group.
    I lived/worked in New Zealand for 6 months about six years ago and I am planning to move back early next year(and live there permanently).
    Both myself and my husband have thought long and hard about this and New Zealand here we come.
    I am weary about the move since I will be bringing my young family with me a few months later.
    Hopefully after I am able to find a job and secure all the proper documentaion to live and work in New Zealand.

    What would be the best advice you have that would make our transition smoother. Things may have changed from six years ago.

    Also if anyone can tell me how you can get a job before arriving in New Zealand, that would be great. Even though I managed to get a job when I got to Wellington, I would rather get one beforehand, if thats possible.

    Your forum seems to be very helpful

    Thank you for any advice!

    Doraross

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    Getting a job prior to arrival is pretty hard and unless you have some very specific skills. Not unheard of, but you much more likely to be successful is you are in the country and available for interview.

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    Thank you for your response, plan to be in Wellington sometime next year:-)

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    Hello. Will you be applying under the Skilled Migrant Scheme, do you think?

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    Hello JandM,

    Yes, I will be applying under the Skilled Migrant Scheme. The last time I tried for my visa I had 145 points, hope this time around I still have enough points. I'm a bit scared but excited to make my living in NZ. I still keep in touch with my previous boss. My parents are freaked and are giving me the biggest guilt trip ever about leaving the US, but I fell in love with NZ.

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    My only recommendation is to be very aware of time scales and costs. If you have not already, have a look at this discussion and the related spreadsheet. Even then the numbers can be deceptive. The spreadsheet shows me going through in 3 months (which is correct), but does not show all of the background work that lead to being able to apply under Skilled Migrant status. I was almost exactly 6 months from start to finish as you'll see in the timeline below. Map out all of the steps that will be necessary for you, given your profession, etc. and then you will have a more realistic sense about the process. Good luck.

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    Hi rem19 and buraddo,

    Thank you for the well wishes!
    I have more questions if anyone can help.
    a) Can you get a medical exam/chest x-ray in the US? Will NZ recognize these reports from a US doctor as valid?
    b)My medical exams are free due to my husband being retired service.
    c) So I hope we can get our medical exams in the US, if anyone knows, appreciate any feedback member.
    d) What exactly is immigration looking at in these medical exams? What would disqualify you?How sick do you need to be for NZ to deny you?
    e) We are a family of four and all our medical exams/x-rays would be free, so I hope we can use a US doctor.

    I do have other questions: Since I still have 5 to 6 months to go before coming to NZ, what can I do from the states to make my families transition smoother to NZ?
    What processes can I do to make my move smoother? My husband and two small children who will be arriving 3 months after my arrival, hopeully after landing a job

    Any input would again be greatly appreciated

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    Yes. Any doctor in the USA can perform your medical exams and chest x-rays. I would suggest that you print out the forms first and look over them yourselves so you can guide the doctor and nurses in filling out forms. They might try to do things in the way US Immigration does it and you'll have to insist (nicely) they do it the way it says on the forms. For instance, the radiologist forgot to fill out the exam form for my chest x-ray and then I had to wait 2 weeks while he was on vacation to come back and do it because the radiologist that reads the x-ray must fill out the form. My doctor kept forgetting to initial each page. The woman who took my blood for the lab work was very hesitant to sign my photo and compare it to the passport and sign her name. She really didn't want to sign it. I had to tell her, if you don't, this won't count. Also, the nurse who took my measurements really wanted to write the numbers in inches and pounds. When I pointed out that it needed to be in metric, she told me "That's not the way we do it". I had to point out to her where it says it MUST be in metric. Nobody was rude, they were just unused to doing it that way and were used to the US Immigration routine.
    How old are your children?

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    d) What exactly is immigration looking at in these medical exams? What would disqualify you?How sick do you need to be for NZ to deny you?
    The basic point of the medical for Residence is that nobody admitted is going to be costing the NZ Health Service more than $41,000 for treatment of an existing or predictable condition. There are certain conditions that are on a list for refusal. The details are here. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/45634.htm

    If the examining doctor finds s/he has to tick a box for some aspect of the patient's health being abnormal, the medical will be referred to a Medical Assessor when the INZ CO sees it. The MAs are a separate department whose job it is to check such matters - they can require the applicant to submit a report from their own doctor, or a specialist, or to get further tests done, so they can see a likely outcome of the present condition, and tell the CO if the medical is passable or not. The CO can't proceed with an application until a medical has passed.

    One thing that has caused delays for some forum members is the issue of their size. A BMI and/or waist measurement above the set norms has led to some MAs requiring that the applicant must reduce before the medical can be passed.

    Another issue that can arise is dietary or exercise excess just before the medical - attend a banquet, have a boozy night out, or climb a mountain in the few days before the samples get taken, and the effects can show up as falsely high readings meaning the medical will get referred.

    You may find it helpful to have looked at the instructions for doctors administering the medical, both for your own interest, and in case you have to guide your doctor, as mentioned by kiwieagle. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/NR/rd...lExaminers.pdf

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    Hello,

    Thanks for all the info, will do so. Shoukld be arriving sometime in April/May, kinda getting worried, but excited.

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