My boyfriend and I are interested in migrating to NZ! Could you guide us through the process and requirements? :) Let me

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Customer: Hi there! My boyfriend and I are interested in migrating to NZ! Could you guide us through the process and requirements? :)
JA: What steps have you and your boyfriend taken? Has he filed any paperwork with the government?
Customer: Let me give you a short background of myself. I am 26 years old. I am a law graduate. I was under full scholarship when I was in England doing my law degree. I graduated with First Class Honours and then after that I did the Bar of England and Wales and did very well too. I am fluent in English, Spanish, Chinese and Malay. I have some relatives in NZ as well (they are my cousins and my uncle, my uncle is my fathers brother). My boyfriend is Spanish, he is an Engineering student from England. We met in England 2 years ago. We plan to get married next year. He has a Spanish passport and PR of England Oh! No we have not taken any steps towards migrating to NZ or done any paper work that's why I'm doing the research right now to find out what needs to be done and whether we are eligible
JA: The Immigration Lawyer will be able to walk you through that. Have your uncle and your brother and your boyfriend talked to a lawyer about this?
Customer: no we have not spoken to any lawyers about the matter because it was just a recent decision of ours to consider NZ. Previously we wanted to move the UK. It would be easier to move to the UK as well since my boyfriend has the PR of UK but we are seriously considering NZ at the moment and would like to know more information about the process and whether we are eligible. Also, the relative I have in NZ is my father's brother (so he is my uncle).
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Customer: I think that is all.. Is there any relevant information I should share with you or that would be helpful to know? And also, is there a charge to speak to the lawyer?
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Customer: Ok sure thank you very much
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I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question

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The first thing you should be aware of is that the borders to New Zealand are closed until next year some time. So while you could start an immigration process it is unlikely that there will be much you can do until then. The first requirement is clear health and police records which I expect will not be a problem. There are working holiday options for most countries which I suggest you consider. That would not be possible until next year of course. If your boyfriend has engineering qualifications, it is possible that they might be on the skill shortage list. With his qualifications and a job offer he might be able to obtain a work visa. There aren't as many more jobs available, but again getting a job offer is the best start. With your impressive qualifications, it is quite possible that you would be able to get a job. That is a start but I do suggest that you have a look at the official immigration website, because that has a lot of detail and you can explore the various options.

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Hi Chris! What a coincidence! My relatives are in Wellington too!
Thank you for your informative reply. I understand that the borders are closed but we are doing our research before the borders reopen in order to identify whether it would be either easy or difficult for us to migrate and whether there is anything that we can do in the meantime to make ourselves more qualified to migrate there.
I understand that law is not one of the skills that are under shortage, that is why I am concern whether I would be able to get a job. Previously in the UK one would require a sponsor from one of the listed companies in order to work in there. Would it be difficult for me, as a foreigner to obtain a legal career in NZ?
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Hi Chris, I hope you don't mind if we continue to chat here instead of the phone call. Please let me know if that is fine with you
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Getting admitted to the bar does need a course through the Council of Legal Education which would take about a year. You could work as a lawyer without a practising certificate however. That would mean working for a corporation or government legal services.
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Don’t worry about the phone call, this site automatically asks for that
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But look at the law sites for legal jobs and with your impressive record you may get an offer
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I don't mind at all working in a corporation or for the government. Unfortunately, I don't have much working experience. May I know how the employment process works in NZ? Can I apply from abroad through online searches and if they are impressed by my qualification can I be employed or is there any immigration requirements that need to be adhered to?
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Getting a job offer is the first step and then you can use this for a work visa. You can apply from overseas and perhaps interview by Zoom
Customer
I see! So I can merely just apply online and get a job offer and from there they would sponsor my work visa? If I were to visit my cousins in Wellington, would I be able to use this time to apply for jobs and attend interviews as well? Are there any requirements for the employers to employ foreigners or will the foreigners be treated and categorised the same as locals? Because in England there is a totally different employment process for foreigners and locals there.
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They wouldn’t necessarily sponsor the work visa. It is a good idea to come on a visitor visa as you can go to interviews and check things out. There isn’t any distinction between visitors and New Zealanders for jobs however
Customer
I see. Thank you very much for your time and information. It is good to hear that there is no distinction between visitors and New Zealanders when it comes to the job market. I will work on my working experience in the mean time before going over. Is there anything I should do that would increase my odds?
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I think you have a reasonable chance of getting a visa
Customer
Thank you very much Chris! I think that would be all. A friend of mine, after graduating from law school (she obtained a second upper from the same law school as me) immediately went to NZ to work there in the legal field. However, she told me the reason why it was very easy for her to get a job was because her older sister is a citizen there and sponsored her. I'm unsure why, but she told me that without said sponsorship it is difficult to secure a career in NZ. Could this information be inaccurate?
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It can be useful but not a strong influence
Customer
Ok! Thank you very much for your time and help :) I think that is all. Is there any other information that I should be aware of in your opinion? :)
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I don’t think do
Customer
OK! Thank you very much for your time and help :)
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