Greetings! And welcome to post #1 of our new look blog! Any thoughts? Feel free to share. The idea of the refurb was mainly to split out the content for the three countries we love most: Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The new look will give you everything you need about the country you’re most keen on, while Canada and Australia are still just a tab away.
And (… drum roll please …) announcing our new service offering, Working In Visas! Historically, we’ve been known best amongst the public for our job boards, and that’s not going away. We’ve always helped out with visas too, but that’s tended to be run off the back of the employment side. But that was then, and this is now! So if you want a New Zealand visa, you need to check it out.
Why are we doing this? Because visas are both vitally important and – frankly – horribly complex. We see far too many people get daunted and turn away from it midway through, often after months of wasted effort. Or we see people muddle through applications with the wrong information, that we could have seen was compromised from the outset. Worst of all, we meet people who have poured countless hours into visa applications that are simply the wrong ones: even if they get them, they won’t let them do the things they want.
So Working In Visas puts you directly in touch with the people who can make your visa happen. I urge you to check it out.
News from New Zealand: immigration news wires
New research has shown the number of overstayers to have reduced by 45%, from about 20,000 a decade ago down to 11,000 now. New Zealand had a colourful relationship with overstayers from Pacific nations in the past, which has since inspired plays, literature and even a hip hop record label. Even so, here at Working-In we tend to get a bit jumpy on the subject, so it’s great to see this number coming down. If you think you’re at risk of overstaying your visa, get in touch with us now, before it’s too late.
More cheerfully, New Zealand’s economy continues to offer up new jobs, so people with skills on the government’s short and long term skills shortage lists (external link) will find a receptive and buoyant market.
And the growth is not just in Auckland. In Christchurch, the rebuild continues across the board from private dwellings to large commercial projects, and key civic infrastructure like the international conference centre.
With this in mind, Immigration New Zealand has extracted skill sets from both the short term and long term skill shortage lists, to create a list dedicated to the rebuild. There are dozens of construction skills there which can lead to both short and long term visas.
There is also growth in a lot of rural areas, many of which had – not so long ago – been written off as “zombie towns.” For instance, the village of Kerepehi (pop 429) sat in the middle of the Waikato region, quietly un-noticed for decades. The dairy factory closed down. People left. Nothing happened.
And then a Chinese company converted the dairy factory into an ice-creamery. Almost immediately, things changed. The ice-creamery is generating solid export sales, which is leading to more jobs in processing and food science. The council reinvigorated the town’s water supply to cope with growth, and with numerous lots adjacent to the old dairy factory now zoned for industrial development, this is precisely what’s happening.
The point is New Zealand is not just Auckland. Rural spots not only offer a genuine heartland kiwi experience, but they’ll give you extra visa points as well. Check out our job listings to see what’s up.
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