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Posted on Sep 20, 2016 in Australia, Australian Immigration, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration, New Zealand Working Holiday, Work in Australia |

Top Expat Destinations

Today’s life is different than years before when people used to live where they were born. Nowadays many chose to live far from their home town for various reasons. Social, professional, financial or just curiosity could be part of the drivers for moving abroad and choosing the life of an expat. In a recent survey there were named the top countries to live abroad and best places for expats. More than 14 000 people from 174 nations took part in the survey which had to choose the best place amongst 191 countries globally. The main categories which were judged for placing the top countries are as follows. 1. Quality of life, it combines many aspects of life but the most significant considered here are – personal happiness, safety and security, transport, health, leisure. The winner in this category is Taiwan. Second one is – Ease of settling in, which consists of friendliness, feeling welcome, finding friends, language. Here the winner is Mexico. This is the country where people feel very well when stepping the first time and find friends easily. The third one is, personal finance – for many is by far one of the most important aspects for securing your future and the one of their family. Clear leader here is Taiwan followed by Ukraine and Ecuador. China and India are also in top 10. Next category is – working abroad, often this is the driver for moving abroad and it concerns – the career, work-life balance, job security. The best place to work is Luxemburg. Talking about work–life balance the leader here is New Zealand, Australia is also in top 10 here. For information about visas follow the links,  Australian business or tourist visa or New Zealand visa. Family life is the final one – it combines factors like family well-being, availability, quality of education, childcare. Here number one is Finland securing best place for your family. Countries like Australia, Germany, Israel are also in the top 10.   The overall leaders in the survey are: 1. Taiwan, 2. Malta, 3. Ecuador. In top 10 are also countries like...

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Posted on Nov 26, 2015 in Australia, New Zealand |

6 Misconceptions About Australia and New Zealand

MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT AUSTRALIA Not all animals are poisonous in Australia. In fact you can hardly come by bad spiders and snakes, so they could be easily avoided. Furthermore, Australia is the home of one of the sweetest animal – the Quokka. Not all Aussies live outback. Actually half of Australia’s population live in the five largest cities like Sydney and Melbourne. Aussies and Kiwis are not the same. While they do are more similar to each other compared to Chinese or Arabs, the two nations are quite different. It’s like saying that Canada is part of the United States of America and vice versa. Kiwis are really tetchy on this topic. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT NEW ZEALAND New Zealand is 100% green. Some tourists get the impression that everything is clean and green in New Zealand. This is not true. New Zealand is not as green as people think it is. In fact the environment records are not that impressive. New Zealand has 20 sheep for every person. Although, no one’s going to deny the fact that sheep farming has been crucial in the development of New Zealand’s economy, it now stands at seven sheep per human. The capital of New Zealand is Auckland. If you hear Auckland all the time this is because Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and main transport hub. But New Zealand’s capital since 1865 is Wellington. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. For additional information about New Zealand visas, you can e-mail us at contact@visafirst.com. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Nov 5, 2015 in New Zealand |

Visa Applicants Encouraged to Move to Regional New Zealand

New visa criteria applied from 1 November 2015 for those willing to apply for New Zealand Permanent Skilled Visa and Essential Skills Temporary Work Visa. Changes on the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Program: Points for job offer outside Auckland for Skilled Migrant Visa are increased from 10 to 30. Points for entrepreneurs under the Entrepreneur Work Visa are increased from 20 to 40. More clarity for employers in the visa process through streamlined labour market test. Applicants who have claimed 10 points for job offer outside Auckland and whose applications have not yet been processed will automatically get the additional points now. Skilled migrants getting permanent visa should not take up work in Auckland for 12 months after their skilled visa is granted. They will need to remain outside Auckland for 12 months if they’ve not yet taken the position or have been in their job for three months or less. Changes on the New Zealand Essential Skills Program: Employers can now seek advice from Work and Income Service New Zealand to obtain a Skills Match Report before a visa application is lodged, not after that. It is expected that this will significantly cut the visa processing time as Immigration New Zealand officers will no longer need to do routine checks after visa application is submitted. All employers are now encouraged to contact Work and Income prior to applicant’s visa application although they will still be able to hire low skilled occupations without a Skills Match Report. This will be possible until March 2016 when all low skilled applicants will need to submit a Skills Match Report as part of their visa application. The Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse said: “The changes will encourage skilled migrants and entrepreneurs to settle outside Auckland. For skilled roles that are hard to fill in certain regions we should be doing more to attract and retain high calibre migrants to help those regions grow. These changes will contribute to a better balance in our immigration settings and will allow regions to access more of the people, skills and investment they need to build the...

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Posted on Aug 11, 2015 in Migration News, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration |

New Zealand Immigration Rule Change

From 1 November 2015, points awarded for New Zealand Skilled visa to people with a job offer outside Auckland will be increased from 10 to 30. Under the current immigration requirements the applicants who can get 140 points get residency. Kiwis will still be given priorities for jobs but if there are no locals to fulfill the places, it will be easier and more attractive for overseas workers to settle outside of Auckland. Government’s goal is to spread migration across the country. People who get the extra points will need to spend at least 12 months in the Southern region of New Zealand, which is an increase from the current 3 months. It was also announced that streamlined labour market tests will now be available nationwide not only in Queensland, to make the whole process more expedient for both the employees and the employers. The new change will enable the employers to get advise from New Zealand Work and Income service before they lodge the visa application, rather than Nz Immigration contacting the Work and Income service after the visa lodgement. Another change that is coming up is that people applying for an Entrepreneur Work Visa who want to set up business outside Auckland will get now 40 bonus points rather than the current 20 points out of 120 points to get residency. It’s not only about the perspective migrants though. A new pathway to residency was announced for all long-term temporarily visa holders in the Southern parts. This policy will also allow low-skilled workers based in the South Island whose visas rolled over for more than 5 years to be offered residency where they have put down roots. There are many migrants who settle in Auckland and at the same time many employers based in other parts of the country experience difficulties in finding enough skilled workers. Prime Minister John Key who announced the policy earlier said we could not be sure how many migrants will move elsewhere as a result of the policy but it was likely to be effective. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting...

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Posted on Jun 8, 2015 in Living Abroad, Migration News, New Zealand |

Moving to New Zealand

Where t o Move in New Zealand? There’s no one best place in New Zealand to head off – it all depends on your intentions. Whether you’ll give priority to your job and move to a place with excellent job prospects or you prefer to run away from the crowded metropolitan area and get back to nature – it’s all your choice! Auckland is the largest city with a population of over 1.2 million people. It’s a multicultural and industrial centre. The city transport is perfectly organized and you can find accommodation easily. Although Auckland is considered an expensive destination, it’s an ideal place to start your new life. Christchurch is the second largest city in the country with an excellent climate, educational and social facilities and you can get a perfect combination of working and relaxing here. Wellington is the windy capital city of New Zealand and the first place where European settlers arrived. It’s also an administrative and cultural centre with some of the best galleries, museums and restaurants in New Zealand. Its hilly terrain automatically grabs all newcomers’ attention offering a spectacular city view both at day and nighttimes. Hamilton is a lovely city located alongside the longest New Zealand’s river – Waikato river. Its major benefit is the short distance to beaches, mountains, lakes and caves. It offers a great outdoor life. It’s also a student centre with more than 25,000 people involved in studies. Cost of Living According to Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey, New Zealand’s major cities are more affordable compared to the metropolitans in the USA or in some European areas. New Zealand Cost of Living Meal in a Restaurant 18.00 NZ$ Beer (0.5 liter) 7.00 NZ$ Water (0.33 liter) 2.80 NZ$ Bread (500g) 2.50 NZ$ Rice (1kg) 2.60NZ$ Cheese (1kg) 10.25 NZ$ Tomato (1kg) 5.50NZ$ Potato (1kg) 2.50NZ$ Apples (1kg) 3.60NZ$ Transportation One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.50 NZ$ Taxi 1km 2.75 NZ$ Gasoline (1 liter) 2.00 NZ$ Utilities (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 1 bedroom apartment (Monthly) 180 NZ$ 1 min. of Mobile Tariff Local 0.60 NZ$ Internet (6 Mbps) 89 NZ$ Rent Per Month (1 bedroom apartment) in City Centre...

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Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in Migration News, New Zealand |

eMedicals for New Zealand Onshore Immigration Visa

If you apply for the Nz Skilled Migrant visa, you must complete a general Medical Certificate and a Chest X-Ray as part of your visa application. As of 31 March, New Zealand, similarly to Australia and Canada will introduce eMedicals for all onshore visa applicants. A total of 72 medical clinics, 54 radiology clinics and 8 eight other clinics will offer such services. All clinics across the country have been invited to join the onshore panel physician network. Being a part of this won’t cost any additional expenses to the clinics. EMedicals will replace the paper medical certificates onshore and the physicians will have to submit medical certificates and X-rays online now. Stephen Dunstan, INZ General Manager said: “eMedical is a significant change to the way we process health information for our applicants,” “eMedical supports INZ’s move to online applications and provides a more secure and efficient process for submitting immigration medicals.” Onshore visa applicants will be given a three-month transition period to submit paper medical certificates until 30 June. It is considered that the Nz health checks for visa applicants are stringent but this is due to Government’s efforts to protect the public health on one side and on the other side to guarantee that the newcomers will not incur additional costs on health issues. Usually, applicants with any of the following complaints might be denied a visa: dialysis, tuberculosis or sever haemophilia. There would be no increase to the cost of medical examinations. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jan 30, 2015 in Living Abroad, Migration News, New Zealand, New Zealand immigration |

A Record Number Migrated to New Zealand in 2014

The net migration gain of 50,922 was almost doubled in 2014 compared to 22,468 from 2013. The number of migrants increased by 16 percent while the departures fell by 18 percent. The ASB Bank Senior economist Chris Tennent-Brown said: “The attractiveness of the New Zealand labour market relative to Australia’s and the rest of the world’s has, and will continue to be a key influence. We will be carefully monitoring migration figures over the coming months before coming to any conclusion about whether net migration inflows are at a peak, and about to return to more normal levels.” Migration peak was mainly due to the increased number of arrivals from India, China and Australia. More than 11,303 arrivals relocated from India and above 9,500 arrivals came from China, which made China the third-largest migrant country. Australia is still the largest source for migrants in New Zealand with more than 23,000 people migrated in 2014. The UK is the second largest source of migrants after Australia although the number of UK arrivals last year dropped down slightly. China, followed by Australia, the US and Germany contributed the biggest annual increase in the number of visitors in 2014. Visa First is a leading international immigration consulting company. We can help you to apply for your visa fast and hassle-free today. If you found this information useful, please share 🙂 Visa FirstMore...

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