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    Hi there,

    I'm a 42 year old guy whose son lives in NZ. He's 12, and lives with his mum, and I miss him terribly. I have decided that I will try and move to New Zealand to be with him, at least until he's finished high school... and then see what he wants to do after that. At this point I get to see him once every two years. That's just not enough.

    Anyway, hello! I hope to get something out of this forum!

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    Welcome Tedly3000.

    This is a very sad situation, but have you given any thought to how you will be able to stay long term in NZ? It's not an easy country to get into as there are restrictions on who can apply for residency. It's mainly those who have certain job skills that the country needs who can apply or those who have immediate family there who can sponsor them. For the latter, you would need a job offer to qualify to apply.

    Have you visited the Immigration NZ website yet? It's a bit of a rabbit warren to find your way around but if you have any questions, please ask away and we'll try to help you through it.
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    I'm a web designer/developer/e-marketing specialist who is applying for jobs here in Canada and seeing what I can come up with. I have done a bunch of homework on this topic, and I don't know if I exactly qualify for residency (or for the skilled migrant category), but I'm sure going to try! Believe it or not, my ex-wife's family are SUPER cool, and they are looking to see what they can do to get me a job offer on their end (Wellington, Palmy, Bay of Plenty, Waiheke is).

    I have been to the immigration website, and have had a few back and forth emails with some representatives. I *could* get in on a combo of setting up a business to NZ, and/or to apply to be with a member of a family member (can't remember what that's called).

    Anyway, I might have to go there sooner than later. As I understand it, I can apply while I'm in NZ. We will see what happens.







    Quote Originally Posted by MotherBear View Post
    Welcome Tedly3000.

    This is a very sad situation, but have you given any thought to how you will be able to stay long term in NZ? It's not an easy country to get into as there are restrictions on who can apply for residency. It's mainly those who have certain job skills that the country needs who can apply or those who have immediate family there who can sponsor them. For the latter, you would need a job offer to qualify to apply.

    Have you visited the Immigration NZ website yet? It's a bit of a rabbit warren to find your way around but if you have any questions, please ask away and we'll try to help you through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedly3000 View Post
    .... and/or to apply to be with a member of a family member (can't remember what that's called).
    You have immediate family members in NZ, other than your son who would be too young to sponsor you? I think that would come under the Family Category.
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    No, just my son. I still consider my ex-wife's family my family too! :)

    Quote Originally Posted by MotherBear View Post
    You have immediate family members in NZ, other than your son who would be too young to sponsor you? I think that would come under the Family Category.

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    Unfortunately, it's only your immediate family i.e. father, mother, brother, sister, adult child who could sponsor you.
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