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    Question Expectations for a software developer and doctor couple

    Hello all, I've been gathering some information about New Zealand the last few days. My biggest dream in life is to leave my country for a better place, and I would love to have some New Zealands residents to talk to and get some insight.

    I'm a software developer. The technology that I'm an expert only has a market here in my country, so I would need some sort of a fresh start in something like C# (which I'm very familiar with). Although I do have 4+ years of software development experience.
    My wife is a doctor, pediatrician, with 2 sub-specialties (pediatric intensive care and pediatric nephrology).

    My wife being a doctor, there are not many places outside our home country where she can validate her diploma and get a license. Places like US, Canada, make it almost impossible. From what I've read, in Austraiia and New Zealand it's possible.

    So here's the question:
    With that background what should I expect from New Zealand? I've read a lot of bad things in this website (http://e2nz.org/) so I'm a bit afraid of the reality I may find there.

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    Hi. You sound like you have lots of opportunities in NZ. To get a job as a doctor, your wife would need to obtain provisional registration with the NZ Medical Registration Board - see https://www.mcnz.org.nz/home/doctors...n-new-zealand/. If she obtains this, she do not have to an Individual Qualification Assessment from NZQA. She can then either apply for jobs and then go for residence when you get one or see if you have enough points (140) without a job offer. See http://skillshortages.immigration.go...paediatrician/. The job isn't on the Long Term Skills Shortage List, but it is on the Immediate Skills Shortage List - which mean that getting a work visa is much easier (but it doesn't help for residence. As a software developer, your job is on the Long Term Skills Shortage List, but if your qualifications are from Brazil, you will have to have them assessed by NZQA - see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualificatio...ns-assessment/. Hope this helps to get you started.

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    I think it would be easy for you to find work here, and with your two careers you will be able to earn a good living.

    As for the other site, I've read a lot of those stories in other places so I think they are all real but they've basically taken the worst ones and put them together on one site. So I think that's something you could do for any country. I could say a lot of good and bad things about living here. Are there any particular concerns you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Phillips View Post
    Hi. You sound like you have lots of opportunities in NZ. To get a job as a doctor, your wife would need to obtain provisional registration with the NZ Medical Registration Board - see https://www.mcnz.org.nz/home/doctors...n-new-zealand/. If she obtains this, she do not have to an Individual Qualification Assessment from NZQA. She can then either apply for jobs and then go for residence when you get one or see if you have enough points (140) without a job offer. See http://skillshortages.immigration.go...paediatrician/. The job isn't on the Long Term Skills Shortage List, but it is on the Immediate Skills Shortage List - which mean that getting a work visa is much easier (but it doesn't help for residence. As a software developer, your job is on the Long Term Skills Shortage List, but if your qualifications are from Brazil, you will have to have them assessed by NZQA - see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualificatio...ns-assessment/. Hope this helps to get you started.
    Thank you Karen, for the information, it was very helpful.


    Quote Originally Posted by parpalhou View Post
    I think it would be easy for you to find work here, and with your two careers you will be able to earn a good living.

    As for the other site, I've read a lot of those stories in other places so I think they are all real but they've basically taken the worst ones and put them together on one site. So I think that's something you could do for any country. I could say a lot of good and bad things about living here. Are there any particular concerns you have?
    Hello parpalhou,

    I think my main concern is to not find a job before I run out of my budget. I'm also worried about facing discrimination for being an immigrant.
    I think a lot of the negative stories I've read about NZ was coming from a first world country perspective, but coming from a third world country like I am, I don't think those same experiences will apply to me.
    I'm thinking of getting a business trip visa for 4 months, so I can look for interviews and maybe get a job offer so I could apply for a work visa. Is that a good plan?
    Also, what's the best and worst thing that you could say about living in NZ?

    Thank you very much.

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