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    Finally had the interview with the CO in New Delhi on Thursday(15th Nov) after a 4.5 years of hibernation!! I had almost given up, but now I have to start all over again... The BIG question of should I migrate?? Should I risk my career after 11 years of experience and a well paying job in India. But NZ move is still very tempting.

    Time frame:
    1) EOI selected Feb 2008
    2) ITA applied Feb 2009
    3) Interview with CO Nov 2012

    But the decision on my case is still pending. Will update after the decision is made(a decade this time ;-) )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Srivatsa View Post
    Finally had the interview with the CO in New Delhi on Thursday(15th Nov) after a 4.5 years of hibernation!! I had almost given up, but now I have to start all over again... The BIG question of should I migrate?? Should I risk my career after 11 years of experience and a well paying job in India. But NZ move is still very tempting.

    Time frame:
    1) EOI selected Feb 2008
    2) ITA applied Feb 2009
    3) Interview with CO Nov 2012

    But the decision on my case is still pending. Will update after the decision is made(a decade this time ;-) )
    Hi Srivatsa,

    I am a s/w engineer with about 10 years of experience all with top-3 giant companies in India. I shifted to NZ about 6 months back and i guess I can pretty much relate to your scenario. So here is what I have to say:

    1. I am assuming you are a s/w engg (as based out of bangalore) and mostly you will be looking for a s/w job. (If this assumption is wrong skip to point-2.) Well the s/w industry in NZ is very small. A dozen good companies may be and work is limited. Point being -> do not expect to land a job here. Find a job before you take the plunge. This actually applies to all the trades I guess!
    2. There is a huge difference in standard of living with 1 person of family working versus 2. If both you and your spouse are comfortable working then it should be good but if only one of you will work then it is going to be a bit tricky. Expect to spend about 3K every month in wellington and even more in Auckland for a modest living. With one person working you would be left with no more than 2K (assuming you will have a good annual sal in the mid-high end range). A little bit of expense here n there and it can become tricky!
    3. NZ is a very beautiful place but not quite the hip place you might expect. In winters place is dead after 6 pm. In summers it stretches till about 10 pm.
    4. With 11 years of experience you should be a team lead and in a big responsible role which wouldn't be the case here. You would probably join as a team member and will be treated like one. From career point of view not a good decision at all.
    5. Weather is sh*t (especially compared to Bangalore)
    6. Medical facilities are not very prompt. If you need a to see a specialist doctor, wait for a day or two is common. unlike India where you can get one even in the dead of the night.
    7. Don't expect school to teach much. generally speaking your kid would be knowing much less than indian counterpart (textbook knowledge tht is).
    8. House quality is not that great. A majority of your 3k would go for rent but even then the quality of house may well remain below compared to a house in say whitefields, Bangalore.


    Not all is bad though..

    1. As i mentioned it is a very very beautiful place. People are generally helpful and quite trustworthy ( I lost my wallet on train one day and got it back AS-IS the next day.. I don't think this would happen in many places in the world)
    2. Work pressure is negligible to none. In fact I sometime get bored due to it. People work in a very relaxed manner here. I often keep reminding myself that this is what I came here for. :)
    3. Exchange rate nowadays is very good.. (bad initially but good after you start earning $$)
    4. School fees is almost zero and although your kid would be knowing much less than indian counterpart he would start appreciating other aspects of life such as sports n stuff!!!
    5. It is completely noise pollution free place. A great place to meditate really (pun intended)! when TV is off I can hear the hmmm of 'silence' in my ears. Sounds strange but true.
    6. There are stories in media about increase in crime but I learnt that it is because each and every crime actually gets reported. Reality is quite different and it is very safe country in general.
    7. Good place to raise kid if you don't mind going to jail just because you raised your voice to teach them something... OK I am exaggerating but violence against children is not tolerated at all. Almost all of the asian fraternity believe that this is an overkill and there should be some liberty. This is not a +ive or a -ive point but just a point which you should know perhaps. I said "Good place to raise kids" as in-general schooling is okay and even medical response time for kids ailments is good. No medical charges at all even in emergency visit.
    9. Scientists say that a big earthquake which will destroy many cities is just around the corner.. I made this up so just ignore it.. but it is a very very earthquake prone country. Do research about it. A volcano erupted in central north island 2 days ago. Must add though that being such a bio diversified country it offers great scenic views and activities which you can't expect in any other place in the world.
    10. I purposefully omitted point-8 so that I can write this point and +ive count becomes higher than -ive count. I am after all in NZ you see!

    Enjoy!


    Edit: I almost skipped a beat when after hitting 'post reply' it took me to login page. Thank 'movetonz' site developer that it got posted right back. I sure couldn't have written this again as my 3 glasses of wine are now wearing down. btw, did I mention that NZ has some of the best wines in the world to offer!!!
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    Thanks for the detailed reply Manu&Tanu(sorry couldn't get your name)!! Proves that NZ has best wines to offer I wouldn't have done it myself either... Anyways you are correct in your assumptions:
    1) Software Engineer;
    2) More responsibility plus decent salary compared to my expenses here. Fortunately been only with product companies, which might actually be a deterrent in adjusting to a whole new environment. Especially if its not the right match for my skill and experience(I assume that would be the case most probably)
    3) Single earner as of now. My spouse can look for a job in couple of years since my Son is still young(1.8 years)

    I know it would be step back for me in terms of monetary benefits and career for initial couple of years, but the hope that the quality of life would surpass this is what draws me into NZ. Also, expecting the first two things will improve later. I have to weigh in the positives vs negatives. Feedback from first hand experiences like yours gives a more clear picture and helps in preparing better.

    Thanks again for taking time to give a detailed reply. Will keep you posted on my progress.

    PS: Regarding point 7: i cant raise my voice even here My son has lot more protection in house. He always demands, commands and shouts(in the same order)and gets what he wants. "Little Emperor Syndrome" huh.

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    There are limited numbers of software development jobs in New Zealand, as it is a small country, but there are many more companies than twelve. There would be more than that in Christchurch alone. Not many have a high profile however, so they can be hard to find, and many jobs are not advertised, as the positions get filled before they need to be advertised, through word of mouth.
    The jobs that are advertised are often through agencies, and these are fairly narrow minded in the way they operate, not seeing that skills are transferable across platforms for example, so they tend to look for someone with exactly the same experience as the position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by People Space View Post
    there are many more companies than twelve
    Don't get me wrong on this. Offcourse there are many more companies than mere 12. Anyone who has taken even a passive look on seek listing would know that.

    I guess I went overboard in 'giving the perspective' as the place from which the forum poster hails from (Bangalore in India) would have like a dozen IT companies in every major street of city on an average!

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    "(Bangalore in India) would have like a dozen IT companies in every major street of city on an average!"
    Also there are hundreds of IT professionals on each of those streets. So the ratio seems to be similar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Srivatsa View Post
    "(Bangalore in India) would have like a dozen IT companies in every major street of city on an average!"
    Also there are hundreds of IT professionals on each of those streets. So the ratio seems to be similar
    Haha.. Very true!

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    I received a mail stating that my online status has been updated, and when I checked it says under Visa type "Residence" as Approved :-) Not sure if its actual Residence visa or WTR visa. Have mailed my CO regarding the same.

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    I finally got the confirmation email from my CO today. My Residence Visa is Approved in principle . I need to send in my passports and pay the migrant levy by July.

    Updated Time frame:
    1) EOI selected Feb 2008
    2) ITA applied Feb 2009
    3) Interview with CO Nov 2012
    4) Online status changed to APPROVED: Dec 22 2012
    5) Confirmation mail: Jan 8 2013

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    Congratulations on receiving your confirmation email, Srivatsa:)

    What questions were you asked during your interview the CO?

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