Do you need a migration consultant?

Old Feb 14th 2009, 4:55 pm
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Hi All

We are just at the start of the whole process really but have done a fair bit of research on lifestyle and where we want to be.

Anyway, we have had a full assessment done by a migration consultant who has concluded that my husband would have a points score of 130 without a job offer.

We are now swithering as to whether to submit the EOI without a job offer or take a risk as we are under the magic 140.

The main question I would appreciate help on is, would you recommend using a migration consultant?

The quote we had from the one who did the assessment was very woolly and had a huge cost range, right up to £16k which is far too rich for our blood.


Any advice?
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Hi All

We are just at the start of the whole process really but have done a fair bit of research on lifestyle and where we want to be.

Anyway, we have had a full assessment done by a migration consultant who has concluded that my husband would have a points score of 130 without a job offer.

We are now swithering as to whether to submit the EOI without a job offer or take a risk as we are under the magic 140.

The main question I would appreciate help on is, would you recommend using a migration consultant?

The quote we had from the one who did the assessment was very woolly and had a huge cost range, right up to £16k which is far too rich for our blood.


Any advice?
Hi,

We have done the whole process ourselves its pretty easy and no where near as expensive as the consultant has quoted you - what will they be doing for you for that money?

There are loads of people on here which can help with the process.

Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Have you filled in the online EOI? You don't have to submit it, just helps to check everything out. Then all you need is all the paperwork to back up everything you claimed. I would save my money and do it alone with help from here of course. What line of work is your OH in? Would he need to have quals assessed by NZQA? Is he on one of the shortage lists?
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Thanks. That was my general feeling too. I spend half my life at work filling in forms so I figured we should be OK if we follow the guides but I just wanted to check.

Yes, Rob is an electrician so is on the long term skills shortage list. We have already sent away his qualification assessment to the EWRB (only this week).

My thoughts are to send off my IQA to the Qualifications Authority at the same time as we submit the EOI. We are going to the Emigrations Expo in Edinburgh next weekend and may venture down south to Birmingham at the end of March as we have sent Rob's CV to a couple of electrical companies who are exhibiting there (maybe get an interview?!)

Something else you could probably help me with - what is a decile rating for schools? I've been looking at some of the eduction stuff and wasn't sure what this meant.
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Hi Denise,

I would do it all yourselves and save a lot of money, 16K for what????

I submitted my EOI with 130pts and no job offer and was selected straight away [job on the LTSSL]. I didn't use a migration consultant, did it myself with help from on here and the NZIS website.It really isn't that difficult to do.
Those with professions on the long term skill shortage list are usually selected at each fortnightly draw whether they have a job or not, so you should have no problems with selection.
The only thing that may be a problem is occupational registration for electricians though I don't know enough about it to be able to help. I do know that if you do not have occupational registration in a job that requires it then you will probably only get a WTR visa rather than PR. Though this may not be a problem for you anyway

Can't help with the schools question - I have no kids

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I'd just like to echo what others have said.

Personally I wouldn't go anywhere near a migration consultant, particularly one thats going to charge you 16 grand !!!!! What on earth would they do for you that could possibly cost that kind of money ??

The process really isn't that difficult and if you're used to filling in forms and reading straight forward instructions, the DIY route is definitely the way to go
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Something else you could probably help me with - what is a decile rating for schools? I've been looking at some of the eduction stuff and wasn't sure what this meant.
Decile ratings go from 1-10 where one is the lowest. It relates to the economy of the catchment area, not t
how well the school performs. You can check each schools ERO report - like our OFSTED report - online and most schools have a website to look at. I've found all schools very open to offering information so don't be affraid to email the admin person and ask questions. If it's a Primary you're after you'll probably need to know the school zone (catchment area) for housing.
Hope that makes sense, it is Sunday morning after all....
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Hi All

We are just at the start of the whole process really but have done a fair bit of research on lifestyle and where we want to be.

Anyway, we have had a full assessment done by a migration consultant who has concluded that my husband would have a points score of 130 without a job offer.

We are now swithering as to whether to submit the EOI without a job offer or take a risk as we are under the magic 140.

The main question I would appreciate help on is, would you recommend using a migration consultant?

The quote we had from the one who did the assessment was very woolly and had a huge cost range, right up to £16k which is far too rich for our blood.


Any advice?
Hi Denise
My son went to New Zealand and went in on a Spouse Visa and did all the paperwork himself. My daughter went in on a Skilled migrant visa (specialist nurse) and did all the paperwork herself and my husband and I (sound like the Queen) are hoping to go this year on a Parent Visa and we have done all the form filling ourselves. You just need to be a bit organised - make lots of notes when you read all the different papers that you need, plan out a time line re police checks, medicals etc., remember that they expire at different times and as evidence keep lots of household bills, etc., Good luck.
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Do it yourself we did and save your money its easy. Give it a go. GOODLUCK
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