When to apply?

Old Jun 3rd 2009, 6:46 pm
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Hello

We're thinking about emigrating to NZ but we already know we can't actually move for a few years due to personal circumstances.

We would apply under the Skilled Migrant Category, I think we get about 125 points without a job offer.

With the timescale above in mind, we are wondering when we should submit our EOI?

So if our application was accepted and we were granted a residence visa how long the visa is valid for before having to land in NZ?

Cheers for any help
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Originally Posted by neilt View Post
Hello

We're thinking about emigrating to NZ but we already know we can't actually move for a few years due to personal circumstances.

We would apply under the Skilled Migrant Category, I think we get about 125 points without a job offer.

With the timescale above in mind, we are wondering when we should submit our EOI?

So if our application was accepted and we were granted a residence visa how long the visa is valid for before having to land in NZ?

Cheers for any help
Hi,

If you submitted an EOI today, it would go into the next draw which I believe is 17th June.
If you were successful in the draw, NZIS are quoting a timescale of 1 month to evaluate your EOI.
If this is successful, then they will send out an ITA. This is where you prove everything that you have claimed for in the EOI & have medicals & police checks. You have 4 months to return the ITA and all your supporting evidence.
Once the ITA is returned, it takes approx. 3 months to be assigned a Case Officer. If all is hunky dory & straightforward & they say yes, you then have 6 months to send in your passports (to get blue stickers) & migrant levy.
Once you have blue stickers, you then have 12 months to actually activate them within NZ.
So you can make it a fairly long drawn out affair.
Obviously if there are any medical issues, or your case is not straightforward, then the process can take a lot longer.
You can also speed up the process at any time by getting a job offer!
Hope all is clear & best of luck.
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