OK, you've looked over the
information available (check the index
) and you've decided that
this is the place for you.
How do you start.
If you only want to come as a tourist, just to see our lovely country,
then from the UK, you are visa free, and on entry into NZ, your
passport will be stamped and given a 6 month visitor's permit. You
cannot legally work in NZ under this permit, but you are free to go
anywhere, and can depart and return as often as you wish.
You must however have good health
, no major
convictions and sufficient money to support yourself while here. You must have a return air ticket in your possession.
All of these requirements are summarised here
If you decide that you would like to come and work here, but don't know
if you want to stay for the rest of your life, then you have two
If you are under 30 and have no children, then you can apply for a Working Holiday Permit
This will allow you to stay in NZ for up to 23 months, and will
allow you to work (in a temporary position) for up to 12 months.
Like a visitor's permit, you will need to show a return ticket, and
have sufficient funds (or a job) to support yourself while you are here.
If you enjoy your life here, you can still then apply for a;
This permit (and visa), if granted, will allow
you temporary residence in New Zealand while you are employed.. It will
not cover any partners or children, who will have to apply for their
own permits and visas. If you become unemployed, then your permit
may be cancelled, and you may have to leave.
There are some restrictions on leaving and re-entering NZ, mostly
administrative, and you may need to re-apply if coming back in (more
charges and fees). If you have children, then some areas of
education my attract larger fees than for NZ citizens and residents.
If you decide that you want to stay for a longer term, then you can go down two routes.
If you have been working for over two years, and
you are earning more than $45,000 and
you are under 55, then you can apply under the Residence from Work
policy for a Permanent Residence Permit.
If you have been working for less than 2 years, then you may apply for a Permanent Residence Permit under the Skilled Migrant
New Zealand has a fairly liberal immigration policy. It
accepts large numbers annualy from the UK, Pacific Islands, Somalia and
It divides the immigrants into different streams, each with its own
Prospective migrants from the UK would normally apply under the Skilled Migrant
category. This category operates under an Expression of Interest
(EOI) point system.
You answer the questions asked, and points are awarded for
qualifications, employment status, relatives in NZ, etc.
There is even a free on-line estimation of points
service, which would
indicate how many points your application would score.
Currently (March 2008) the point threshold is 140
points. If you score at or above this level, you will probably be asked to apply for Permanent Residence.
It is possible to hit this number of points without a job or job offer
in NZ, but it would be difficult. (more on the point scoring system
It should be noted that the EOI is only the first step. If
your points are sufficient, then your EOI will be drawn from the pool
of EOIs during the fortnightly filtering process. An
announcement of a minimum point level is made, and all EOIs above that
level are eligible to be drawn. EOIs are also pre-screened, to
ensure that the major details are correct, and that no inaccuracies
have crept into the application.
draws your EOI, a more detailed check will be made, and if it is found
to be correct, you will be asked to apply for Permanent Residence.
The procedure is summarised below (taken from the INZ website)
you commence the process of applying for a Permanent Residence, you
should prepare by doing the following (more details later):
- Obtain certified (by a JP or Notary Public) copies (at least two of each document) of;
- Your qualifications, including:
- School qualifications
- Degree certificates
- Post Graduate Certificates
- Course transcripts (all of the papers/modules you have sat and passed)
- Letters of reference (detailed, with courses taught) from your current employer.
- Marriage certificates (if any)
- Proof of co-habitation (joint bank accouunts, house rentals etc.)
- Birth Certificates (You, your partner, children)
- Birth Dates and personal details of siblings and parents (information only, don't need to be certified)
- Certificates of nationalisation (if any)
- Passport (Key data pages)
- Photographs (passport sized) get at least 5 pairs.
- Evidence of (lack of ) criminal record from Scotland Yard (even if you live in Scotland, N.Ireland or Wales)
- Offer of employment in NZ (if any)
- GTC or STC registration
- NZQA Recognition of Non-New Zealand awarded Degree
- New Zealand Teaching Council Registration
- You will also probably need an Inland Revenue Department (IRD) number so you will be able to work for an NZ employer
Not required for the application process, but needed for everyday use is a bank account.
Most NZ banks will let you open an account from the UK or anywhere else, but will need evidence of identity and address.
An account is required by your employer, as all schools electronically transfer your pay into your account.
It will be needed by you for many things, but mainly for an EFTPOS
card. Kiwis tend to pay for almost everything by electronic funds
transfer, like a UK Switch card.
Before going into more details, it may be prudent to calculate how much
you will have to pay to complete the application process and come and
work in NZ.
I've detailed the costs (March 2008) below. The figures in RED
are the ones I would expect you would have to pay if you follow a
conventional approach. The figures in BLUE are other fees you
might have to pay if you are coming into NZ by another approach.
All prices are in New Zealand Dollars.
|Type of service
||Fee in New Zealand
||Fee in Pacific
||Fee from anywhere else
|Work Visa (Allows you entry and re-entry to NZ)
|Work Permit (allows you to stay and work)
|Working Holiday (Must be under 30, no kids, max 23 months)
|Expression of Interest (online form)
|Returning Resident's Visa
|Migrant Levy (per person on application, to a max. of $1200)
|NZQA Pre-assessment (for EOI only), per qualification
|NZQA full assessment
|NZQA fast-track (additional paymernt to get results back ASAP)
|Immigration Medical check (average, may vary) per person
|Teaching Council Registration
|Total for a single applicant
|Total for a couple (partner not applying for NZQA status)
Remember the fees above are just to cover the basic paperwork.
I've also included below a rough estimate on the costs of getting
here and establishing yourself. (and family). NOTE
: The air fares are returns. If you come in on a visitors or a working visa, you must have a return air ticket.
|Air Fare (return)
|Car Hire (2 weeks)
|Flat Rental (1 month)
(clothes, belongings and furniture). Takes 4-6 weeks to arrive
|Food and essentials ( 1 month)
From the data, you will need between $16,400
just to arrive, work and survive for the first month.
Teachers are paid every two weeks, but the centralised company
(PayServe) which calculates and makes the payments, often takes between
2 and 8 weeks to get your details into the system. Most schools
can help out by making a cash advance on your salary if PayServe stuffs
There is however a plus side. If you fulfil the necessary
criteria, you may be eligable for an International Relocation Grant of
$4000. Check the Teachers Recruitment Web Site
for more details.