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koogy Said,
May 21st, 2011 @3:19 pm  

If you get your credentials recognized ahead of time it will save you a lot of money and time! I am a nurse and came over as a partner of a kiwi, and got my nursing registration after I was already in New Zealand, and it was a real ordeal. It is much, much easier to get additional information for submission when you are still in the US, plus you will have time limits if you do the EOI and are chosen to receive an Invitation to Apply. (Plus once you do your application, you have to have your police report, which is good for 6 months, and your medical and chest x-ray done, good for 3 months) Seems like plenty of time but it slips by pretty quickly if you don’t stay on top of things from the start. The other thing you could do, is once you have your qualifications squared away, is start looking for a job – just seeing what is available. I don’t think anyone will want to even give you the time of day if you don’t have all this sorted out. No one wanted to hear about my 30 years of experience as a nurse – until I had NZ nursing registration and an practicing certificate. (I had a work permit even though I didn’t have permanent residence status when I came here, so was able to get a job in a hospital as a health care assistant, by a huge stroke of luck).

It is quite expensive to go through the whole permanent residence process, with the fee for doing the EOI, waiting to be chosen (if you have enough points – which is not a guarantee you will be granted an invitation to apply – depends a lot on the skills needs at that particular time. These lists can be found on the NZ immigration website.) Once you get your medical and police reports and submit them with the (non-refundable) $1400 fee, it takes time for them to process everything. (Months).

So, once you spend the money and are granted PR, you might have better luck finding a job. Plus, hopefully you will have a bit of experience so that will help as well, with the job search. There again, I think there are some time limits.

Do you have any idea where you want to live and work in New Zealand? Any idea of the problems in this country? What do you know about Maori culture and beliefs? Any ideas about what is going on with all the gangs in this country? Are you aware of problems in this country with drugs, alcohol, family violence? Check out the news in the New Zealand Herald, online. Most people think New Zealand is some sort of beautiful utopian place to live when it has it’s share of problems, like anywhere else, and the recession is very much in evidence here just as it is in the US. We pay taxes at about the same rate as in the US, but we also pay 15% GST on everything – all goods, food and services. You don’t know (and appreciate) how good you have it in the states! If you move here and start looking in from the outside, you will probably find that Americans are probably the biggest whiners on the planet. Here are a few websites to give you a start: for jobs and also to see what housing costs are like (rent is usually PER WEEK – and that is how you pay, not per month), for jobs, to get an idea of food prices. If you are not a permanent resident when you come here, you won’t have health care coverage, so consider private health insurance or just risk it and pay out of pocket if you get sick. Look at mobile phone and internet charges here, as well. You’ll pay for electricity and probably water, too. So, you can get an idea of how much it will cost to live here and then see what they are offering as far as pay for teachers. Oh, and on trademe, look under flatmates, as sharing a house can be a very economical way of starting out here – you don’t have to furnish an apartment, usually have your own room and share living areas with other people. Sometimes it works out great, sometimes you have flatmates from hell (been in both situations).

josh Said,
May 21st, 2011 @4:07 pm  

Please do yourself a favor and cross New Zealand off your list, the place has no future and no jobs for people like you. Look at Asia, Canada, Australia.
Here some experiences of people who wanted to be teachers in NZ:

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