Software/Database engineer

Old Jun 26th 2010, 9:31 am
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Hi everyone. I'm not British but I love visiting your forums and reading the discussions. Now, I have a question of my own about immigration to NZ.

I'm a software developer and Indian citizen. Until last year (about 11 months ago), I lived and worked in the USA on a H1B visa. Finally I got laid off and when I couldn't find a sponsor, I came back to India. In short, I've been jobless for over one year.

I was considering moving to a developed country where I could use my skills as a software engineer to get permanent residence. Would New Zealand be a good place to consider considering a one year gap in my employment?

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Go to the NZ Immigration website here. Residence can be obtained under the Skilled Migrant Category for which there is a points calculator here to give you a quick idea of how you rate as it is a points-based system.

Your US experience will be good as it is in a "comparable labour market" to NZ. I don't think the 1 yr gap will be an issue from the questions they ask.

Depending on how many points you come out with you may or may not need a job offer to clear the hurdle for residence.
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Go to the NZ Immigration website here. Residence can be obtained under the Skilled Migrant Category for which there is a points calculator here to give you a quick idea of how you rate as it is a points-based system.

Your US experience will be good as it is in a "comparable labour market" to NZ. I don't think the 1 yr gap will be an issue from the questions they ask.

Depending on how many points you come out with you may or may not need a job offer to clear the hurdle for residence.
Thank you so much. I got 120 points based on all answers (answered conservatively). Wow! So, does this mean I am good to go?
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That depends on the criteria for selection, once you have submitted your EOI (Expression of Interest), then it stays in the pool until selected or for 6mths.

If you look around that site there is a history of the two-weekly selections detailing how many points were needed with various criteria over preceding draws.

140pts is needed to guarantee selection, often that requires a job offer but it looks like you may be in shouting distance.
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