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Essential Skills Visa, cost/application/timeline

Old Apr 12th 2016, 8:54 pm
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Hi all,

Im in a bit of a quandary, i have a 1yr Bunac working holiday visa and have recently applied for a job and have a job offer.
Unfortunately i made a bit of an error when applying and have to be in NZ by 21/04/2016.

This is looking a little doubtful at the moment, so would like to know my options.

Im an Analyst programmer
Age 36
10+ yrs experience in the role and ICT/Banking related jobs.
with a current job offer above the $55k threshold
Qualifications: HND software engineering

think i have 95/105 points, 155 with a job offer.

Would it be possible to get an Essentials Skills Visa?
Can i apply for this or does the employer?
Whats the costs?
Are there any better options?
Im happy to work there for a few years and then see about residency.

Any advice greatly welcome
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Old Apr 12th 2016, 9:07 pm
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you could possibly start the job on the Bunac if you haven't already used the quota on it then apply for a more long term visa whilst working. you would need to make sure you have the relevant qualifications as stated on the immigration site. Skill Shortage List Checker – Immigration New Zealand

are you already in NZ?
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Old Apr 12th 2016, 10:03 pm
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Hi thanks for the reply.

I'm afraid I'm still in the UK and I'm pushing it to reach nz before my Bunac entry window closes.

I was thinking of working in nz for a year or so before I make a decision in wether to stay.

Was wondering if the essential skills visa is the best fit.
The employer is accredited.
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