Frequently Asked Questions About Moving To New Zealand
If New Zealand were in the northern hemisphere, it’s latitude would run from Central France to Morocco in North Africa. It therefore has a varied climate depending on where you live. In the North Island, summers tend to be warm to hot, with mild winters and the odd frost. There is no snow except in the Mountains.
In the South Island summers can be very hot with cooler/colder winters the further south you go. As a comparison with the UK, Bournemouth gets 1200 hours of sunshine per year and Auckland gets 2008. Other towns and cities get as much as 2200 hours. Auckland is on the same latitude as Southern Greece and Malta, Hamilton is level with Athens and Melbourne, Wellington with Rome and Barcelona and Christchurch with Nice in the South of France.
The weather is however, tempered by the Pacific Ocean so we don’t get the extremes of temperatures. Don’t forget the seasons are inverted from the northern hemisphere so summer is officially December to February.
The parent category is currently closed for residency applications, however there are other categories which parents or grandparents may be able to apply under. The sibling category was abolished some years ago.
New Zealand has arrangements with certain countries for the transfer of state pensions. The
UK is one of these. We recommend you talk to one of our Pension Transfer experts to get
the right advice.
New Zealand allows people to hold citizenship of more than one country however certain countries do not allow their citizens to hold dual or multiple citizenship. The UK and Ireland allow their citizens to hold dual nationality. You should check with our own government firstbefore applying for NZ citizenship.
You must hold New Zealand residency for at least 5 years prior to applying for citizenship and have resided in the country for a minimum period qualifying period.
Residency allows you to remain in New Zealand Indefinitely and gives you certain rights such as the
right to free healthcare, education and the right to vote etc. As a NZ resident you remain a citizen of
your home country and will travel on the passport of your home country. If you become a New
Zealand citizen then you can hold a New Zealand Passport.
New Zealand has one of the best education systems in the world and schools are often located in
leafy environments with playing fields and in many cases, outdoor swimming pools.
If you obtain New Zealand residency or a at least a two-year temporary work visa then you are
covered by the NZ health system. Doctor’s visits are approximately $45-65 per visit and prescriptions $5 per
item. Children under 14 are free. Dental care is free for under 18 yearolds. Everything is else is free.
Naturally everybody needs to know if NZ is affordable. There is no hard and fast rule regarding
salaries. Some jobs will pay more here and some slightly less. The exchange rate has a big effect
when comparing NZ salaries to back home. Our recruitment Consultants can advise on the salary range for your type of job.
If you purchase our Resettlement Plus Service we would be delighted to take care of this for you.
In most cases you can bring your pets to New Zealand however there are quarantine rules which
vary according to which country you come from and what type of animal you are bringing. It is quite common for people from the UK and Ireland to bring their pets.
One of the first questions employers ask is if you have a house to sell. They will expect you to start
work within 4- 6 weeks of receiving a job offer. If they believe a house sale may delay you starting
work then they may not offer you the job. You should make a decision as to whether you plan to
rent in the event your house does not sell before you receive a job offer.
Ultimately it depends on what type of conviction you have, the sentence and how long ago it
happened. We strongly recommend you contact us to discuss your case so we can establish if you
qualify or if a character waiver needs to be requested.
Everybody’s circumstances are different and not everybody will be applying for the same visa. When
we quote our price to you before you sign up that’s the price you’ll pay – no surprises.
Things that can affect the fee you pay could be:
- The type of visa you need
- The number of accompanying family members
- If both temporary and residency visas are needed
- If your qualification needs NZQA assessment
- Your health and that of your accompanying family members
- Character issues including criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands, previous visa refusals,
etc. Remember the UK Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply for New Zealand Immigration purposes. All police records in any country are considered live and you will have to declare all criminal convictions, cautions and reprimands regardless of when they
happened. In these circumstances you may need to apply for a character waiver.
Our job is to get your CV in front of employers and to ensure you are prepared in the best way
possible for interviews. It is ultimately the employer’s decision as to whether they hire you.
While we have an excellent success rate and your application will be prepared to the highest
standard, only the Immigration Officer can decide the outcome of your visa application. If for any
reason we have concerns bout your case we will let you know from the start.
Each case if different but from the moment you start working with us to the moment your
application is decided you can expect the process to take approximately 6-9 months. Sometimes sooner.
Thank you so much for New Life’s help, advice and support over the years. Your knowledge and expertise allowed us to continue even during those times we had doubts that we would succeed. I would recommend your Company to anyone intent on emigrating. What a great Christmast present!
Thanks once again
Robin and Felcity Morgans