Information About Moving To New Zealand

The country of New Zealand has a lot to offer those who live there. Not only are they known to be one of the cleanest and most violence-free countries in the world, but they also can boast a level of resident contentment that few countries can even compare to. Perhaps that is why it is such an in demand place to live and why so many people want to move there. If you’re one of these people, then it’s important to know what it takes to make your move to New Zealand a success.

First Steps: Finding a Job

The road to immigration in New Zealand begins with work. While you can get a visitor’s visa and stay for a short, and finite, amount of time, if you’re planning on moving there, you’ll need to contribute to society in your destination country. In short, this means that you’ll need an offer of employment before you will be granted both a worker’s visa, and be allowed to move possessions into the country.

Finding a job in New Zealand is known to be pretty average, depending on where in the world you are migrating from. The country touts average unemployment rates that are dropping as the economy picks up, and a number of job openings in various sectors throughout the country. There are multiple websites out there, set up to help expats find a job, including some run by the government, with the intent on making the process a little easier.

To begin the process, find a job you are qualified for, get an offer of employment, and take the first steps in moving to New Zealand, you need to follow the steps outlined in the Skilled Migrant Category of immigration law. Meeting the base qualifications will require that you:

  • Are between 18 and 55
  • Are in good health
  • Have good character
  • Be able to obtain an offer of skilled employment

Once you decide to move forward, get things rolling by filling out an application known as the Expression of Interest and submitting it to the New Zealand immigration office.

Preparing to Move

Moving internationally, no matter where you go, is a process with many aspects that you’ll have to take care of before you can call the job complete. Now that you have an offer of employment, and you’ve been through the Skilled Migrant Worker application process, you can start thinking about and planning your actual move. This is yet another event that will require research and planning, so it’s best to start as soon as you know when and where you will be moving to.

First, like with many other moves, contact a variety of different international moving companies to get quotes and other information about relocation to your destination. You can also ask those who have recently moved to the area who they used, and what their opinion of that company is. Regardless of who you choose, always get a binding quote and know ahead of time what your responsibilities will be. Contact the New Zealand Embassy to find out what the specifics are of transporting your things into the country, and what you can, or cannot, transport. This will help you when it comes time to weed out things that should not be packed.

Pets and Animals

If you plan on taking your pets with you to New Zealand, then you should look into what the specific laws are governing the import of animals. First and foremost, realize that only dogs and cats are allowed in the country. No other types of animals will be permitted regardless of what they are or why you have them. Relocating dogs and cats require special procedures as well that you should meet ahead of time. For a complete list of what your pet will need in terms of inoculations and injections, you should contact the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Plan how you will transport your animal, and what you will do with your pet once in the country, carefully as well. In some cases, animals may have to be quarantined once they arrive in the country. Be prepared both mentally and financially for this eventuality. Sometimes, you may find yourself paying up to, or over, a thousand New Zealand dollars for boarding during quarantine. You should also keep a copy of all pertinent information with the animal at all times, especially since you will likely be shipping your pet by air. Always check with the airline to ensure you use an approved carrier, and attach a copy of their shot records and your contact information on the outside of the crate.

Additional Considerations

At this point, you might think that you’ve taken care of everything that you need to take care of in order to move to New Zealand, but in reality, there is plenty more to do. Before you actually make the move, be sure to check into the following so that you are well prepared to enter into your new life as a ‘Kiwi’.

  • Find a home to buy or rent and make sure all documentation is in writing and checked by a New Zealand lawyer. If your stay will be finite due to employment, consider finding a tenancy rental that will end when your employment ends.
  • Convert your currency to New Zealand Dollars and look into opening a bank account in the country. Keep in mind that banks in this country do not offer any kind of insurance on your deposits, so research of the institution that you choose is paramount.
  • If you’re coming from a country whose electrical power runs at anything other than the 240v system, consider selling electronic devices or purchase converters that will keep your goods running.
  • Know the rules of the road, as written in the Road Code book of rules for driving in the country. You will be required to pass a test to change your driver’s license and legally drive in New Zealand. If you’re bringing your vehicle, it will also have to pass an inspection every six months to ensure its road worthiness.

It might seem overwhelming at first, but moving to New Zealand doesn’t have to be impossible. The best place to start is at the beginning if you really want to make this dream of yours come true. Regardless of why you want to move to the area, consider doing lots of research before you make a final decision. Once you’ve made that choice, let us help you get there without the stress!