With beautiful scenery, a relaxed pace of life, and a safe environment for raising a family, Aotearoa seems like a dream location to call home.
Following recent events in the United Kingdom and the United States, local immigration websites have seen a substantial increase in applications! If you’re one of those considering a move to a better life in New Zealand, it is possible – and may be easier than you think.
Don’t despair; New Zealand does accept migrants from other nations – in the last year alone over 117,000 people moved here. There are four main types of Visas that allow people from overseas to live and work in New Zealand.
Student Visas allow you work for a maximum of 20 hours alongside studying. Working Holiday Visas for 18-30s, for travel and work for up to 12 months, or 23 months for the UK.
Work Visas are a good option if you work in an area where there are skill shortages in New Zealand or you have a job offer from an accredited employer.
Resident Visas stay indefinitely, and progress towards full New Zealand Citizenship. You will need to meet criteria including age (55 or under). Most Resident Visas are granted to those with specific qualifications
and/or work experience. Check your eligibility and work options:
OK, so maybe immigration isn’t the hardest part. When choosing a household relocation firm, make sure they are reputable, and have offices in New Zealand. Certain items, such as wood, straw, animal skins and other plant or animal based products are not permitted into New Zealand. The good news for the dog and cat is they can come too; eligibility guidelines vary based on country and species. Using a pet relocation service can streamline the process. A list of FAQs can be found at www.biosecurity.govt.nz
Unlike some countries, setting up a bank account in New Zealand is relatively straightforward, and most new arrivals find our banking sector is simple, modern and competitive. The ‘Big 5’ banks are ASB, ANZ, BNZ, Westpac and Kiwibank. In most cases you will be able to set up a bank account online before you leave home.
XE are the go-to for foreign currency exchange and international transactions. www.xe.com
One negative of New Zealand being such a great place to live is the property market. In recent years prices have soared for both buying and renting, particularly in Auckland. Many new arrivals to New Zealand choose to rent before buying. Check www.trademe.co.nz or
New Zealand has an excellent public education system. There are three levels of school – Primary (years 1 – 6), Intermediate (7 – 8) and Secondary (9 – 13). All public schools are zoned, meaning that if you live in a school’s zoned area they must accept your child. Whilst public education is free in New Zealand, most schools ask for donations to make up funding shortfalls.