Advice pls on WTR and PR

Old Mar 20th 2009, 10:20 am
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Default Advice pls on WTR and PR

I've been trying to find detailed explanations on WTR and PR but all I've found is fairly vague information. Can anyone help? Thanks
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Old Mar 20th 2009, 9:42 pm
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Permanent Residency PR

If you wish to emigrate to New Zealand , then you would aspire to become a permanent resident. This permit allows you to live and work in New Zealand.
Along with the PR you would also be given a Returning Residents visa which would allow you to leave and return to New Zealand.

In order to gain PR you need to make an application to NZIS - New Zealand Immigration Service.

NZIS have a number of routes available by which a person might be granted PR. The most common is the skilled migrant category where a person has a skill that New Zealand wants. This is a points system.

Another way that people can gain PR is to be given Work To Residency . There are two types of WTR.
One is where someone gets a job offer from an NZ accredited employer. There is a list of accredited employers on the NZIS website. The person needs to earn $55K pa for a straight 40 hr working week. Once they have been doing that for two years, they can apply for PR.

The other WTR is where someone has applied for PR through the SMC points system - skilled migrant category - most likely without a job offer .
NZIS sometimes take the view that it is not certain the person would be able to find work in his field / trade / skill and therefore may be unable to settle permanently or support a family. In such cases NZIS will offer a WTR.
This means that the person has a set amount of time to enter NZ , find a job & start working. Once this happens the person would apply for PR again and be given it if they fill all the criteria.

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Old Mar 22nd 2009, 6:57 pm
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Default Re: Advice pls on WTR and PR

You can submit an EOI while on a WTR and get PR before completing 2 years with an acreditied company. This means doing all the medicals, police checks, cost etc again but releases you from being stuck with an employer for 2 years if PR is granted.
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