I want to know how to apply to immigrate from west Africa to nz? Everything I read seems only to apply to South Africa.

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Customer: I want to know how to apply to immigrate from west Africa to nz? Everything I read seems only to apply to South Africa
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Tenkodogo Burkina Faso
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: none because I don’t know where to start. I only know I need a job offer/ sponsor?
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I need to know when to apply as I have read there are certain time frames to apply, I need to know how much it costs & what type of visa to apply for? I have a partner in nz who is a born kiwi although we haven’t been together long. However we have a good connection & want to marry. But first I want to take the right steps & earn my way with good work.
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Hi My name is ***** ***** I am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington with more than 42 years of experience. I am here to help with your questions.
Customer
Thankyou Chris. Can you give me some answers to the original questions?
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The borders to New Zealand are  closed at present because of Covid. Only New Zealand citizens and permanent residents can come to New  Zealand and there are no other visas being granted except for essential skills.

I cannot say when the  borders will open, but think it will be later this year. What is usually recommended is that you start with a visitor visa, which enables you to have a look to see whether you want to live here. In your situation there is a basic requirement of good health and a clean police record, together with good English skills. If you wanted to live here you would need to start with a work visa, and look at the skill shortage  list issued by immigration. If you have the necessary skills, you would then need to apply for a job and your employer would need to sponsor your immigration. You cannot get a partner visa unless you have lived with your partner for more than 12 months.

Customer
we understand the borders are closed at the moment, this is all so we can prepare for when they are open again.
I am actually the kiwi asking these questions for my partner to immigrate here.
On a visitors visa how much money are you required to have as I have read different things.
If he came on a visitors visa is he able to apply for a job & sponsor once here then upgrade his visa to the working visa?
He has good skills is a highly trained prison guard, he’s healthy, has no criminal record & is fully vaccinated.
Customer
Also, I read somewhere in amongst all the immigration stuff that u can actually migrate to nz without all the hassle & live here indefinitely if u have 100 thousand dollars!? Is this correct?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

For a visitor visa you are expected to have funds to support yoursellf for the duration of the visitor visa. Once he is here he can apply for a job and then a work visa.

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I don't think a present card is on the skilled shortage list however

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Sorry, typo above-should be prison guard

Customer
Ok Thankyou. Why does it say in immigration about all the other jobs you can apply for like easy jobs to get in nz etc? I also read it cost more to come on a skilled worker visa? He can do other things including construction which he has experience in & farming. I think construction was on the list unless that was another part of all these different rules. It’s all so hard to understand. Finally (for now) if you come as a visitor do you have to get a 2 way ticket? & do u have to have all the holiday funds yourself or can I for instance declare I am
Prepared to cover his costs?
Customer
The skill levels these idiots say u need r ridiculous . It amazes me how anyone can migrate to this country! & yet refugees are let in with no skills & handed everything on a silver platter. Sorry Chris just letting off steam. It’s all extremely frustrating.
Customer
Oh sorry but to clarify…. Am I right in assuming you can apply for a normal work visa meaning applying for any job rather than coming over on a skilled shortage visa?
Customer
Sorry, I have a million questions but I need this answered aswell, if he was to come here on a holiday/visitor visa & then we married does that make a difference since he would then be married to a kiwi born nz citizen?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Being married doesn’t make any difference so the key is 12 months together
Customer
Ok so r u allowed here for a year on a visitor visa?
Customer
if you come as a visitor do you have to get a 2 way ticket? & do u have to have all the holiday funds yourself or can I for instance declare I am
Prepared to cover his costs?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

The visitor visa is for a maximum of 9 months and you can provide a guarantee of the costs. He must have a return ticket however

Customer
Ok & is that maximum 9 months include if u apply for a work visa or can a work visa be applied for & added onto that 9 months? Because otherwise how are we ment to be together for a year in order to marry?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

The visitor visa is separate so any work visa is added on to that

Customer
Ok that’s good. Thankyou very much for all your patience with all my questions etc. if I need anything else answered I will be sure to entrust your services again.
Thankyou. Vanessa.
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Glad to help

Customer
Hi Chris sorry I need another question answerd. There is no nz embassy in the country my partner is coming from… so can a visitor visa be applied for & paid for online? He is in west Africa, Tenkodogo Burkina Faso.
Customer
Also how much is the cost of a visa?
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Chris The Lawyer, Expert

Most visa applications are on line so he should start like that.
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