Have you used a migration service?

Old Jul 7th 2010, 10:29 pm
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Hi guys, new to the forum but been lurking for a while. Our dream of emigration is getting closer and we have had initial discussions with a migration company based in NZ. Would welcome you thoughts on service vs cost, good/bad experiences and generally whether the use of an agent is worthwhile. Looking to come over as a skilled migrant - multi skilled maintenance engineer- but the catch 22 of job offer to get a visa seems a real pain, one which the agencies claim to ease by bolstering your job applications and smoothing the way through the paperwork.
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Old Jul 8th 2010, 11:49 am
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Hi Andy, NZ uses a points based system so the first suggestion would be to use the NZIS points indicator to see whether you qualify without a job offer?

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Hi Andy welcome from the shadows Sorry cant help with your question as we did not use an agent. I think most on here have not as you can save yourself a lot of money by doing it yourself & posting on here with anything you get stuck on.

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good luck ! I didn't use an agent, and I went through first time... look at the NZIS website before you make a decision. You will get lots of help on expats, this website made all the difference to me!
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Originally Posted by Andy_S View Post
Hi guys, new to the forum but been lurking for a while. Our dream of emigration is getting closer and we have had initial discussions with a migration company based in NZ. Would welcome you thoughts on service vs cost, good/bad experiences and generally whether the use of an agent is worthwhile. Looking to come over as a skilled migrant - multi skilled maintenance engineer- but the catch 22 of job offer to get a visa seems a real pain, one which the agencies claim to ease by bolstering your job applications and smoothing the way through the paperwork.
We did use an agent but I think it all depends on your circumstances. My hubby was getting close to the cut-off age and didn't have quite enough points to do the Skilled Migrant route so we had to come out on Temporary Work Visas for 12 months before we could apply for PR. We found the service of an agent invaluable. Just be very careful as some charge very excessive fees. We used the same agent again to get our PR but this time hubby's employer paid

If you want any more details, just let me know. Good Luck
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As Simonsi has suggested do try the points indicator and come back to us with your points score. Simonsi has given you the link.

If you want to employ an immigration consultant then make sure the person is licensed by the IAA.
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Originally Posted by Andy_S View Post
Hi guys, new to the forum but been lurking for a while. Our dream of emigration is getting closer and we have had initial discussions with a migration company based in NZ. Would welcome you thoughts on service vs cost, good/bad experiences and generally whether the use of an agent is worthwhile. Looking to come over as a skilled migrant - multi skilled maintenance engineer- but the catch 22 of job offer to get a visa seems a real pain, one which the agencies claim to ease by bolstering your job applications and smoothing the way through the paperwork.
hi andy

we are currently in nz and have seeked advisor in christchurch who is liscenecd..her fees are not bad at all compare to the one in the uk which we were going to use. my other half is a joiner and all we have done today was going to industrial estate and drop off his cv and cover letter with it and our advisors details on it..he has got an interview today with a company..so looking good...good luck
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