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    Hi were just on the verge of submitting our EOI having discovered my husbands employment IT is a skill shortage in NZ. Just wondered what if any immirgration specialist you guys used, and what are the associted costs involoved, just so i know how much to save up. Were off to a couple of roadshows in Leeds in April about emmigrating, so might go attach ourselfs with a specalist then, but to be honest not sure who if any to go to. Any ideas would be most useful as the whole process scares me silly.

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    Hi Clare and welcome on board.
    My OH is also in IT- we are heading out to NZ on monday and he will find a job once we land as no degree to make up the points for EOI.

    As for specialists- it is a personnel choice really. They can be very expensive. Most people do all the applications themselves and there is always help to hand on the forum if you are struggling with anything.

    The expo can be very usefull for gathering information and maybe establishing some contacts with recruitment companies for your OH- some people have even managed to secure job offers from going to the expo although not very often. Obviously it easier to get a job whilst in NZ.

    Is it just you and the OH or do you have children?Have you been to NZ before?

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    Hi Beth, yes i have four children and i havent been to NZ before what about you? Did you use a consultant? or did you manage the whole process yourselfs? were actually going to an expo event next month so fingers crossed.
    Would prefer not to pay a consultant as need the money for all the other expenses. Thanks for your reply, ps i bet you cant wait to get there, lucky you.

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    We haven't applied for any visas yet- will do it all when we get there and we (well I to be honest) will be doing all the applications- can't afford to use a consultant either and you still have to gather all the information together anyway.
    There is no reason why you can't do it all yourself- most people do and manage fine and will save you a few grand in the process.

    4 kids- you will have fun when you get round to your flight, i'm dreading it with just 2 (age 4 and 2).

    We went to the Manchester expo last year (we only live down the road so wasn't far to go)- was usefull to get information about areas and for banking and immigration etc- as for IT work there is usually a couple of big companies there- Telecom/Gen-i, IBM, HP that your OH could register with (depends what line of IT i guess).
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    Hi Beth, a bit confused, is your OH planning on getting a job in NZ, then are you getting the visa? didnt know you could do that. Do you need any special visa so you can go and work in NZ then?
    sorry for all questions, but what your doing appeals to me, means we could get out there quicker which is all we want.
    Thanks Clare

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    Being british you are allowed to go to NZ for 6 months (holiday visa). To be able to start work you/OH would need a working visa or residency. You need a job offer to get a work visa/permit. Our plan is for OH to get job offer apply for a temporary work visa while we submit our EOI and wait for residency. Quite a few people do it this way if they can't make up the points for EOI with qualifictaions but a job offer would give them enough points.

    Have you checked to points calculator to see where you stand on EOI? If you OH has a degree or equivelent the you should have the points for EOI.

    There are pro's and cons to getting residency before you go.Not having a visa means you have to have a return ticket which would be pretty expensive for 6 of you but as i have said it is easier to find a job if you are in NZ (especially with IT).

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarebear View Post
    Just wondered what if any immirgration specialist you guys used, and what are the associted costs involoved, just so i know how much to save up.
    There's always our resident consultancy company if you really feel you can't do it on your own, but if you're willing to have a go we'll do our best to help you on your way without too much trauma. I don't think we've killed anyone yet....that I'm aware of, anyway.

    Let us know which way you want to go and we'll talk you through it.
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    hi thanks, only joined today and cant believe how helpful everyone is been, wished id joined ages ago.

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    Hey folks

    Just catching up thought id throw my tuppence in here, welcome Clare.

    We did all the paperwork ourselves with no help atall, it can seem pretty daunting but the papers are not so bad, we got our residency before we left the UK, we chose that option as if you decide to come here for a job on a working visa then apply for res you still need to go through the whole process, medicals .... ect. and the medical could prove to be expensive here. If you choose to come for 6 month then you would also need to obtain a police certificate as you would have lived out side the UK for that period, I dont know how hard to obtain a NZ police cert would be.

    The whole process took us 6 months from initial application with EOI to actually getting our Visas. Although it was a tad easier as my OH had a job offer, interview was conducted over the phone.

    We had not seen Christchurch before we landed here, we had spent a couple of days in Auckland but that was it.

    Good luck, and dont let the stress get to you...................

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    Hi thanks alan&moya, i think we will start the process ourselfs there seems plenty of useful info on this forum alone, i also think we will start the process in this country, as i found out it can be quite hard to get the kids in school over there with PR status. Hope ur enjoying your new life.

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