Help with emigration advice

Old Jul 8th 2019, 3:09 pm
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Hello,
Iā€™m getting myself confused and stressed even before we start our job search!
We have been speaking with two agencies (emigration group Geoff Taylor and Paul Goddard from the down under centre) we have done all our initial assessments and looks like we have enough points to get a skilled migrant visa I am just feeling nervous about starting to hand over what I feel is the start of a lot of money to agencies we can find very little information about bar testimonials from their websites.
Can I ask if anyone had dealings with either and what your thoughts are?
My husband is a senior ICT project manager and Iā€™m a dentist and we will look to get Neil a job offer to kick fart our application.
Many help, advice or contacts would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Jul 8th 2019, 7:27 pm
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If you consider your process to be straightforward - i.e. as far as you know you will not have any difficulties with your qualifications being recognized in NZ, proving your skills and experience, police reports all good, no issues being able to prove partnership and no expected issues with anyone medically then I would completely steer clear of any Immigration agency. They do charge a huge amount of money and promise you the earth but in reality all they are doing is being the middle man and Immigration won't favor your application in any way just because you are using an approved agent. You still have to do all the leg work, fill in your own application forms and all the usual jazz, the agent doesn't do it for you at all. An agent is good for stepping you through the process and being available on the phone/email for advice but they only really earn their fee when there's a problem or delay. We did use an agent (WorkingIn, Auckland) but we knew our process wouldn't be straightforward and they offered half the usual fee as we signed up at an overseas expo.
You can do it all yourself and if needed just ask on here if you have any questions.
So, an initial assessment from an agent says it looks like you have enough points for Skilled Migrant Visa, BUT neither of you has a job offer........In reality that means you will NOT be approved this visa as points alone doesn't cut it. You need minimum 160 points on the EOI and a skilled permanent written job offer. Without the job offer you may have sufficient points but all this will give the principal applicant is a 12 month job search visa. If you don't score at least 160 points there is no point submitting EOI as it will never be selected.
Also bear in mind this type of visa, even with a job offer takes several months to secure even when everything is in place. I'd say minimum 9 months from job offer to submission of EOI to preliminary checking to receiving ITA to submitting ITA with qualification, skill/experience, partnership, police and medical evidences to getting the application allocated a case officer to getting through all the processing. Our Skilled Migrant process took 16/17 months from initial EOI submission till we were approved the visas and receipt of the letter stating we had been successful. That was because of the know delays caused by medical challenges we needed to get through.
I do remember the Emigration Group being around when we started the process but their fees were higher and no deals on so we went with the other option.
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As Escape says if straight forward keep the agency costs. you'll probably need it, and do it yourself. Its very straight forward, just make sure you read the accompanying guide on how to fill in the forms.
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Please check out the skills list to make sure you have the appropriate qualifications and worked time to enable you to possibly up lift a visa.
https://skillshortages.immigration.govt.nz/

also check out the salary ranges and see if they are within line of what you expect, cost of living is high here.
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I was in the same dilemma. Have a go at filling in the forms yourself and see how you get on. You don't need to use them if you find you want to use an agent but as others have said they may be able to give you info but you still need to do the leg work. I took free Info provided from Agents, did lots of research and this Morning have submitted by eoi with not too much difficulty without a agent.
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Originally Posted by HelenSmith View Post
Hello,
Iā€™m getting myself confused and stressed even before we start our job search!
We have been speaking with two agencies (emigration group Geoff Taylor and Paul Goddard from the down under centre) we have done all our initial assessments and looks like we have enough points to get a skilled migrant visa I am just feeling nervous about starting to hand over what I feel is the start of a lot of money to agencies we can find very little information about bar testimonials from their websites.
Can I ask if anyone had dealings with either and what your thoughts are?
My husband is a senior ICT project manager and Iā€™m a dentist and we will look to get Neil a job offer to kick fart our application.
Many help, advice or contacts would be greatly appreciated.
TIa Helen šŸ˜Š
You should be able to complete the forms and sort the applications yourselves. Any problems just come here and we will all try to help best we can. Most of us here did our own work visa and residency applications.

I sometimes think using an agent is throwing valuable $$ away. It can be money for old rope. Really it is when there could be an issue meeting criteria that it is best to use a professional and in that cae I usually suggest immigration lawyers. Having said that if one was dyslexic or was absolutely hopeless with paperwork, then yes, paying for an agent to collate the paperwork might be sensible. As ClairMidWife has written, you would still need to do all the leg work yourself.

As far as I can see from a quick look neither of your occupations are on the NZ shortage lists. Have you done the points checker please?
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