Moving to NZ

Old Jul 13th 2015, 7:12 pm
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So my wife and I are on the fence on 2 possible destinations to emigrate to outside of the US. Both our job contracts end at the end of this year and we have a soon to be 4 year old son with us.

The other location we know a lot about, but can someone please give us some information maybe not online about NZ Life? North Island near auckland is where we are planning.

-Jobs, we are not job searching yet as many places that we see listed will not speak to us until we are fully committed and in NZ, so how hard would it be for us to find employment? I have an IT background of 5 years and she has retail experience/cleaning/warehouse background.

-Quality of life- i know on an island things are not cheap and we have to have materialistic sacrifices. Thats fine by us, we are more moving for work/life balance and overall difference on views with US political system/etc.

-Housing-Would it be typical to rent or buy early? How would credit go to new comers? We have a bit of savings and we wouldn't search for loans until securing jobs, but what kind of loans are available with interest rates?

-We are a young family (late 20's) with one child, blending into the demographics of age would be beneficial for us.

Any/all help, tips and advice would be appreciated. Pros and cons of my reasoning would be taken without offense as well.

Not sure if i mentioned it as I am sure someone will ask, but NZ is on my list for destinations purely for our love of outdoors. Beautiful scenery and near a beach. We have been wanting to live on a beach destination, and with the scenery, landscape NZ offers with smaller population just fits us nicely. That is not the ONLY reason as it shouldn't be, but it is a big one.
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Old Jul 13th 2015, 8:49 pm
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Hi and welcome, first I would check out if you could manage to up lift a visa

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/pointsindicator/

see the sticky in the Immigration section above to help you fill it in and know what you can and can't claim for. some points can only be claimed of your are actually already have a job offer
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Old Jul 15th 2015, 7:14 am
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Originally Posted by Murrica

-Jobs, we are not job searching yet as many places that we see listed will not speak to us until we are fully committed and in NZ, so how hard would it be for us to find employment? I have an IT background of 5 years and she has retail experience/cleaning/warehouse background.
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First. Welcome to the wonderful world of BE and to this little NZ forum.

Then on to boring practicalities.

Are you thinking to live in New Zealand permanently please? If so, then you do need to check out if you are eligible for a visa to remain first and foremost.

How hard would it be to get a job? Well. It is a job offer first and then you gain an NZ visa but much would depend on whether or not your occupation is in shortage in NZ and also whether or not you have the qualifications and work experience than NZ feels matches their own.

Have you a degree in IT please?
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