Skilled Migrant = PR?

Old Sep 5th 2012, 4:34 pm
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Dear Friends,

Forgive me asking what may seem a stupid question...

Is a skilled migrant visa the same as permanent residency?

I have a job offer and am about to start the visa process. I want to apply for permanent residency and have plenty of time to get things sorted (11 months). My job is on the skills shortage list (consultant psychiatrist) and I'm in the process of sorting out my professional registration with MCNZ.

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Old Sep 5th 2012, 7:37 pm
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hi,
we are going skilled migrant visa - its apparently the best way to get PR.
you get issued a 2 year work visa, then you can apply for residency. Its all abit confusing - well for me anyway! lol
there will be others here later who are more knowledgeable than I. Professional reg. takes the longest - it took 8 weeks for mine, would have done it sooner but i misread my forms!
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I think you are mixing up the terms?
skilled migrant visa is a way to get PR

or maybe I'm wrong?
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Old Sep 5th 2012, 8:01 pm
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Yes I am. Skilled migrant is one of the categories towards permanent residency. Silly me!
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Yeah basically you are applying for residency in NZ - and applying under the Skilled Migrant Category is just one of the ways to do this.

Once you are granted Residency as a Skilled Migrant your residency visa is issued with various conditions depending on many various things - but always that it is with travel conditions for 2 years. You can leave the country of course, its just that after 2 years you then have to apply for Permanent Residency which means you can come and go as you please in effect indefinitely. this is not the same as being a citizen - but nearly.
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Originally Posted by Caz8NZ View Post
Yeah basically you are applying for residency in NZ - and applying under the Skilled Migrant Category is just one of the ways to do this.

Once you are granted Residency as a Skilled Migrant your residency visa is issued with various conditions depending on many various things - but always that it is with travel conditions for 2 years. You can leave the country of course, its just that after 2 years you then have to apply for Permanent Residency which means you can come and go as you please in effect indefinitely. this is not the same as being a citizen - but nearly.
Rather good post Caz8nz.
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Shucks thanks bev!
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