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    nadiamcpherson87 is offline Junior Member
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    Default Visa help please

    Hello everyone.

    My boyfriend and I are planning a move to New Zealand and would appreciate some help on visa options. We recently attended an EXPO event in the UK, where my boyfriend met an employer and was offered a job in Christchurch. We plan to move over in October / November of this year. Unfortunately, I work in renewable energy and have struggled to find any jobs to apply for as of yet. We have been living together for years and have joint accounts, so we are of the understanding that I can get a visa as his partner. But does this restrict us in terms of what visa he can apply for?

    With all the different options, we are getting ourselves a bit confused. If I understand correctly, if the company that he has been offered a job with can prove that they are unable to find employees within New Zealand, he can get a Skilled Migrant Visa. His job role is not on any of the skill shortage lists unfortunately. Using the visa options tool on the immigration New Zealand website, I can also come across a ‘Talent (Accredited Employer) Visa’ as the company is on the accredited list. Would both of these options allow me to migrate with him as his partner? We have considered going for residency straight away but we are a bit worried that we haven’t got enough time. We are also only really planning to move to NZ for a few years – although everyone we speak to tells us that we’ll end up loving it too much to leave!

    Something we are a bit worried about as well is what happens if he doesn’t enjoy his job and wants to move to another role? Our understanding is you get a visa based on the exact role that you have an offer for. What are your options, do you have to re-apply for an amended visa?

    We would really appreciate any help / thoughts.

    Cheers

    Nadia & Phil

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    Nadia, a work visa is unique to an employer. If it is the same kind of work he can just transfer it over. The hard part is getting the initial visa not changing the employer.
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    Cliff

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    Quote Originally Posted by nadiamcpherson87 View Post
    But does this restrict us in terms of what visa he can apply for?
    No. See below.

    Quote Originally Posted by nadiamcpherson87 View Post
    I can also come across a ‘Talent (Accredited Employer) Visa’ as the company is on the accredited list. Would both of these options allow me to migrate with him as his partner?
    Yes. See here: WF3.1 Who is eligible for a special work visa

    Quote Originally Posted by nadiamcpherson87 View Post
    Our understanding is you get a visa based on the exact role that you have an offer for.
    Correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by nadiamcpherson87 View Post
    What are your options, do you have to re-apply for an amended visa?
    Have a look here: I'm no longer working for the same employer as when I was granted my visa. Does this affect my work visa?
    and here: I have a work visa, but my job details are changing. - Immigration NZ Knowledgebase
    04/11/09 - EOI selected (125 points, no job offer)
    30/11/09 - Decision successful
    09/12/09 - ITA received
    23/12/09 - Application submitted
    03/03/10 - Case officer assigned (requested more documents)
    05/03/10 - Job offer secured (IT)
    12/03/10 - Work permits issued (1 year ISSL, 1 year partnership)
    13/04/10 - INZ Interview (re relationship)
    22/05/10 - Approved in Principle
    04/06/10 - Residence Permits issued

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