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    Hi All
    Myself, my Hubby ( Mark ) and our kids 7+2 are in the very early stages of uprooting and moving to NZ- we have read and re-read load of things and are sure- above all other countries that this is where we want to be!!!
    We want to give the kids a wonderful experience- which will enrich their lives- more than this country can offer!!! we scoured the real estate site and overwhelmed with the lovely houses and views of mountains,lakes and the sea!!!It wounderful- as you all already know!!!
    We have order the pack offered on this site and another- so hopefully that will help.( get a new life )
    We are thinking 2/3 til we move- but could bring it forward!!!
    Whats the first step- how long does it take- we want to take our dog- is that possible- ??????
    My hubby had to discs removed- nearly 2 years ago- he still has some pain- but doesn't need much more than co-codamol on bad days
    I have problems with hips- undiagosed- again only need co-codamol on really bad days!!! Will this be a problem with immigration???/
    Sorry about all the questions- really excited about our new adventure-
    LOL xxxx

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    to you both. Glad you could join us.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark+Steph View Post
    Whats the first step- how long does it take
    Firstly you need to find out if your hubby's job title is on the Long Term Skill Shortage List. If it is and he has the necessary qualifications and work experience, then he can apply directly for permanent residency (PR). Here's a previous thread that explains a bit about this and also mentions the Immediate Skill Shortage List. If a job title is on the ISSL, you can't apply for PR, you can get a Work Permit instead and work your way to PR, which takes longer but you get PR in the end. There are other ways to get in but we'll leave it at that for now as these are the main routes in. The residency application can take several months but depends on how many points you get and whether you have a job offer. More points and a job offer or even just more points = a quicker result than someone who has less.

    - we want to take our dog- is that possible- ??????
    Yes you can take your dog, but be warned that it can cost an arm and a leg and is a long, drawn-out process requiring blood and stool tests and goodness knows what else.

    My hubby had to discs removed- nearly 2 years ago- he still has some pain- but doesn't need much more than co-codamol on bad days
    I have problems with hips- undiagosed- again only need co-codamol on really bad days!!! Will this be a problem with immigration???/
    Shouldn't cause a problem because NZ is more concerned with your health problems being a burden on their health service. Taking a few tablets isn't classified as 'being a burden', thankfully . You will all have to undergo a strict medical examination as part of the application process and this can sometimes throw up some unexpected problems, but otherwise you should be fine.
    Other than that, you could read up on the official immigration website .
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    Hi Thank- you Mother bear for you quick reply- I can feel myself welling up- as I really want this!!! How daft!!!!!
    I feel more reassured on the hip thing!!!!
    Hubbys job--- Oxford University
    IT messaging specialist and microsoft qualified/ team leader
    Network Specailist
    Domino Administrator
    Notes Support Administrator
    Domino Support Specialist
    These are some of the titles hes had- but basically the same thing!!
    I am a retired qualified paediatric nurse- but willing to do refreser course if needs be!!!!!
    This is a fab site
    Thanks again

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    Hi Mother bear- just read your reply properly-- I'll have a look on the list!!!

    OOOPs xxxxxxx

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    Oh, I just thought . Some of the links contained in the old thread I mentioned above have since been amended, namely the LTSSL and the ISSL, so it might be a good idea to click on those links again as I've now updated them. The ones you will see now are the current LTSSL and ISSL.
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    Hi Mother Bear.
    We read the lists last night and Mark seems to fit in the catergory for both permanent and temporary residency!!!
    Are next question is-- it says on the lists- regarding IT employment- that Mark would need a degree in Computer Science!!!!! The question is, Mark has a degree in Town Planning and a Post Grad in Urban PLanning- not in Computer Science. He has however, worked in IT for the past 12 years-and is currently working for the Oxford University, leading the Domino Messaging Team. He is also a cerrtified IBM professional (CLP) and Microsoft qualified (MCTS) so with all these qualifications and training, would that be sufficient for employment?
    Thank you for yor time
    lol Steph xx
    ps- we worked out using the points indicator- that Mark had 220 points- is that a good start? xx

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    I'm afraid I'll have to leave this one to the IT-oriented members on here. Some job skills can be qualification AND/OR over a certain number of years work experience, but looks like INZ is wanting to see quals. Perhaps someone can confirm or correct this.

    220 points is an excellent score, as most people aspire to getting 140 or over because then you are fast-tracked and automatically selected to receive an ITA. Bear in mind that INZ will scrutinise what you tell them, so take care that you haven't over-calculated, as can happen.

    I hope someone can put your mind at rest about the quals, but it states in black and white that they are looking for them.
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    Hello Mother Bear.

    Thank- you for your quick response!!! Its so mind bogling and confusing- but hopefully when we get all the info we need, then it will make it easier for us to apply.
    Thanks again
    xxxx

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    Hi Again-- you will bann us before long!!he he

    ANother question-- sorry!!!
    When we did the points we added that he would have a job offer ( wishful thinking ) Without the job offer- he would still have 170 points!!
    So without the exact degree and 170 points- how would that affect our chances???

    LOL Steph xxxx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark+Steph View Post
    So without the exact degree and 170 points- how would that affect our chances???
    This is what I'm hoping some IT boffins can tell us. IT is quite a complicated subject with lots of different job titles in lots of different areas and involves lots of different types of qualifications. I can work a PC, but that's as far as my knowledge stretches, I'm afraid . Hopefully someone will be along soon to help out, although it's getting towards bedtime in NZ now, so we may have to wait until tomorrow if no one in the northern hemisphere knows the answer.
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