Migrating to another Country is always the biggest challenge to all aspiring migrants. Therefore, careful study and analysis of your actions and decisions are very important, it could make or break your dream. As a migrant here in New Zealand, I went through all of the immigration process that took me almost 3 years in preparation, landed in New Zealand, had the experience of difficult job hunting and difficult adjustment in work place.
This article will outline important tips that I consider to be very valuable for aspiring migrants. For them to be thorough with their document preparations, learning from others mistakes and get them equip with skills and right mindset before heading to New Zealand. All these tips were taken from my personal experience of my Journey to New Zealand and the people that I know.
Expression Of Interest (EOI)
This is the first thing you do, first step of the immigration process. Do your research, read information on the website before filling up the EOI form.
1. Enter information on EOI form correctly, follow instructions and honestly to avoid problems in the future. Your Visa Officer (VO) will contact your employer, your references and your school and if you think they do not give much attention to this. You are wrong.
2. Collect as many supporting documents as you can that has got something to do with your work eg employment certifications, tax records, promotion letters, SSS contributions, etc. Have it handy just in case your VO needs it. Remember, the faster you provide documents to your VO, the faster the progress of your application will be.
3. Educate yourself, sign-up to egroup (online groups) regarding NZ and learn from them. Ask questions, remember "there's no stupid question only stupid answers".
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
For those people who's English are their second language, you may be asked by your VO to take IELTS test. This is very challenging and expensive, that's why you need to prepare yourself before taking exam.
4. Listen to BBC news. Watch movies like Harry Potter and other British accent movies. Imitate the way they speak, I know this is sounds weird but you have to familiarize yourself with their accent.
This is very helpful in IELTS Listening exam. This will also come very handy when you arrive in NZ so that you will be understood in workplace. In fact, communication barrier is one of the reasons why most migrants can not get skilled related employment. Even if your skills, experiences and education are excellent, if you can not communicate, all these credentials are useless.
5. Motivate yourself to speak English. If you're not comfortable talking to your peers in English, talk to yourself, talk to your dog or find someone you can comfortably talk to. The main point is practice every day. It pays to enroll in English short training to improve your English speaking skills. This will boost and build up your confidence to speak in English.
This stage is when your EOI has been accepted, submitted the Invitation to apply (ITA), completed medical exam, completed all the paper works, NZQA, etc. This is also a nerve cracking experience, as you will have a face to face interview with your VO.
6. Do your homework. Search on questions that your VO might ask. You may start composing your answer and practice it seriously. Some of the basic questions are, "Why did you choose NZ as a place of migration?" "What preparations have you made in regards to your migration to NZ?"
7. Be motivated in developing your English speaking, writing, and listening skills. I could not emphasize more how crucial this stuff but if your VO is not satisfied with your English skills, s / he might decline your application. Ask your partner to practice English as well because there are some parts of the interview that is intended for her / him.
While waiting for the result of your interview, you must upgrade your skills based on the advertised roles in NZ jobs website, eg trademe jobs, seek etc. Anticipate the skills that you need most eg. for engineers, CAD skills is a big advantage. Perhaps try shifting or doing CAD works upon starting your EOI, I know it's a downgrade to most of the engineers but I tell you, most of the engineers here that has CAD skills has great chance of getting a job.
WTR (Work To Residence)
Before heading to New Zealand spend time revising your CV, have someone to check it. Identify role you are applying for, be specific on what you're good at and avoid jack-of-all-trade style of CV.
8. Send hundreds of application letter and mention that you will be arriving on that date. This way, once you arrived in New Zealand, you have couple of interviews lined up, at the same time you are trying to find another prospects.
9. During the job interview, just be yourself, do not be concerned about your accent or anything. Address your interviewer by his / her name, do not call them Mam or Sir, I find others get offended when you address them Mam or Sir.
If you are lucky to get a relevant job before your deferral period, you can extend your visa for another 3 months while waiting for immigration approval for your Permanent Residency.
10. Constantly communicate with your visa officer at this stage because time is very crucial here, update your status and follow-up. Once you receive your PR invitation to apply, you'll just need to pay migrant levy and you're done.
It's quite straight forward but there are hundreds of migrants who struggle to find a relevant job here in New Zealand for so many reasons, such as unpreparedness, immigration policy issues, employers awareness about Skilled Migrant and many more.
I hope you find this article helpful to your journey to New Zealand and I wish you good luck.