But what’s involved in the process? Here are some of the considerations you may need to make before you head kiwi way.
Finding a job in New Zealand
It’s fairly easy to obtain a UK working holiday visa if you’re 18-30 years old and looking to spend no more than 12 months in New Zealand. But if you’re serious about moving your life permanently, it can be a little more complex. You can obtain an Essential Skills work visa if you are a skilled worker and your job is listed on the Immediate Skill Shortage List. If you are a farmer or you work in health and social care for instance, you can get this visa, but it is temporary and doesn’t guarantee you residency in the future.
A more permanent option, assuming your skills appear on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, is a Work to Residence visa. This allows people with specific skills to apply for permanent residency. This list includes trades, construction, engineering and health, but you have to be highly skilled.
Buying a property
The possibility of buying a property in New Zealand may depend on the type of visa you hold and it’s possible you will need to go through a screening process by the Overseas Investment Office. But once through this, property buying in New Zealand is regulated and organised, making it a simpler procedure than in the UK. It is also a pretty fast process, sometimes taking as little as three to four weeks to complete a house purchase; once a bid has been accepted, last minute offers cannot be considered which takes a huge amount of stress out of the experience.
As with any property buying process, take the time to get to know the area in and around the property: speak to neighbours, visit at different times of the day and ensure you understand the property’s land ownership agreement to avoid problems if you decide to sell in the future.
Making friends as an expat
Moving abroad can be an isolating experience for anyone, but it’s important not to accept that and go out and look for new friends. Don’t be afraid to look for other expatriates in New Zealand as there are a lot of them. If that’s still a struggle, or you live in a more remote area of New Zealand for your job, seek out activity groups that ignites a passion you have. Whether it’s sports, hobbies or a community group, take advantage!
Some New Zealand etiquette
It’s sometimes helpful to understand a little about the general etiquette of a country before you head over there. Here are some interesting things to know that may help your transition.
1. They drive on the left, too!
2. They don’t tip in New Zealand – they’re not being rude, it’s just not part of the culture.
3. Rugby is a very popular sport in New Zealand, but so is golf – there are more golf courses in New Zealand per capita of population than anywhere else in the world.
4. It’s worth learning a few words in Te Reo, the Maori language.
5. New Zealanders are similar to the British in that even the smallest of everyday encounters call for a polite ‘hello’ and ‘thank you’.
Pay money to New Zealand using specialist FX guidance
It is likely that you will need to pay money over to New Zealand to set up your life over there. If that is the case, it is worth seeking specialist foreign currency market guidance. moneycorp offer each and every client their own account manager who will get to know your needs and priorities and use this to explain various products and services we offer clients who are moving abroad. If you would like to take advantage of the services moneycorp offer, you can open an account online or by calling us on: 020 7589 3000.