Immigration Consultants and Lawyers.
Whether you are already residing in New Zealand or are planning a move to New Zealand, you should be aware of the benefits and risks surrounding your application or current permits. Have you considered working with an immigration consultant?
Losing your New Zealand job, as a result of the recession or otherwise may result in you not being eligible to work in another organisation. This can have dire consequences, the worst being that you could face having to leave New Zealand.
A work permit does not carry with it a guarantee for renewal or a guarantee that permanent residency will be granted. A sad fact that some migrants do not completely understand when making the move to New Zealand.
Unemployment in New Zealand is at its highest level since September 2000 with the outlook looking weak until early 2010.
In a July jobs update, www.trademe.co.nz highlighted that the number of applications per job advertised had risen by 50 per cent over the past 12 months.
New Zealand welcomes new migrants – people who will contribute to the country by bringing valuable skills or qualifications, setting up a business, or making a financial investment.
So what options are available to you? Immigrants in New Zealand fall broadly into three categories:
- Those that hold Citizenship
- Those that reside in New Zealand and hold permanent residency
- Those that reside in New Zealand and hold valid work permits
If you currently reside in New Zealand and hold a valid work permit that is about to expire, review your options.
- Are you eligible for permanent residency? If so then this should become your priority. Holding a permanent residency permit places you in a stronger position should you be required to find alternative employment because of downsizing or closing of the organization that sponsored your work permit application.
- Apply for the renewal of your work permit in a timely fashion.