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CathE Feb 9th 2011 11:43 am

EOI checks
Hello all,

I'm new to this site but was hoping someone may have some advice on an EOI question.

My husband and I are keen to emigrate to New Zealand and are in the process of filling out the EOI. The EOI form requires you to provide a contact name at your employer and we are trying to work out if it is likely that NZIS will contact the employer at the stage when the EOI is selected. My understanding is that most of the checks are done later at the ITA stage, although the NZIS website does state that it is possible they may contact people at the time the EOI is selected. Does anyone know how often this happens?

My husband's work don't know that he wants to emigrate and we would be applying for residency without a firm job offer. He would therefore rather tell his employers as late as possible, in case things fall through and doesn't really want them to get an unexpected call from NZIS!

perdieacres Feb 9th 2011 12:07 pm

Re: EOI checks
Hi and welcome!
Through our experience, our employers were not contacted but that may not be the same in every case. We were up front with our employers and they were very supportive with our application. Both myself and husband finished work in Dec 10 as we were expecting to fly out to NZ between xmas and new year but we had issues with our visas at the last minute. We were in a state of shock knowing we had no jobs and not knowing how much longer our application would take, however, both of our employers asked us back to our previous jobs and were more than happy for us to stay as long as was needed.
I would say 'go for it' - goodluck :thumbsup:

CathE Feb 10th 2011 8:41 am

Re: EOI checks
Thanks - that's good to know. I guess we either just take our chances and hope they won't bother checking at the initial selection stage or wait until my husband has secured another job in NZ to apply. The trouble with that is that so many jobs seem to say you already need a work permit / residency to even apply!

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