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visas to New Zealand, only serve as a guide and are not
official information. We cannot guarantee they are correct.
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Zealand Immigration official or web of the New
Zealand Embassy in your country.
We request an interview with
an officer called "Penguinesco" to answer
few questions about Visas for
NZ. The officer is an "expert" in the subject, because after all,
he makes two annual migrations, one looking for lady
penguins, and anotherone looking for the tasty seafood of the New Zealand
coast. An interesting feature of Pinguinesco is his yellow
eyes ( the yellow-eyed penguin is
only found in New Zealand is one of the rarest of existing
Below is the full interview
Penguinesco, it is true that New Zealand is full of jobs
and is really in need of overseas workers to supplement the labor market? They even say that it is easy to stay there forever? Is that true?
A:This is half true.
Firstly, New Zealand has a high demand only for skilled workers
but see, not any kind of skill work and if you want to work you will need a
permit or visa. It is true that New Zealand
governament is facilitating the highly qualified workers to fill several areas that are in
need, making fast and easier the
process of getting the work visa (work permit) and even
giving extra points for a permanent residence visa. All depends on the agreementsNew Zealand
has with the country of origin of the person concerned,
the qualification and the points you may receive for the immigration process.
|2) It is difficult to obtain a visa or work
visa in NZ?
A: It depends.
First you have to find a job, or have a job offer,
the kind of position which
can guarantees a secure payment for a certain period. In
addition to that, the employer has to register with Immigration and prove that he has no Kiwi
worker trained to perform
that job.Then is simple and just start the application for a Work Permit. But
you can not work until you have a positive response from the immigration department. Sometimes it comes out even on the same day, if you have completed all the documentation, sometimes takes up to 15 days or more depending on the volume of requests
immigration has .
Mr Penguinesco, it is true that immigration is stopping people from some countries at the airport, and sending them back in the same plane
they came from?
This could happen with people with come a wrong
attitute or suspicious profile to enter and will not
be granted the visa at the airport. The fact is that there are many people willing to abuse, illegal working, illegally
staying beyond the period granted. The mistake of one
person reflects in all communities, especially those who are wanting to do the right thing. Fortunately they are a minority. Those who do wrong
thing will probably end up deported. If they do the
right way, obey the laws and follow the rules, everyone would gain, including us
|4) I've heard
that there are some strategies and tricks to pass through
How it works?
A: The Immigration officers are highly trained and
aware against all types of tricks people does. Some people who had bought an English course for two
weeks bring huge suitcases with the intentions to
stay longer and work illegaly. The immigration guys are so used to tourists around the world,
they receive millions of them per year. Tourist must
be genuine visitors, show founds to stay and better
credit card. So the only tip I can tell you to pass the immigration is
tell the truth, because as the old adage, those who do not should not fear.
What kind of questions
the immigration offices do on arrival? May I ask for
a translator to help me understand?
Yes, you have the right to ask a translator if you need, but probably
some of the officers may speak your language. They
will ask standard questions to
your intentions of the visit. Some of the questions
could be, "What are your plans to do in New Zealand?
Why did you choose New Zealand? Where are you going to
stay? How did you pay your accommodation? How much money
you have or will have available? Do you know anyone in New Zealand?
What do you do in your country? Questions like that.
In fact they would be the same questions that you would
ask someone you do not know well if he want to enter and
stay in your house. If you suspect of the visitor intentions,
you would not let him in. Is'nt it true?
What would be the right answers for these questions?
A: Only the truth, nothing more. If your intentions are legitimate, do not have to worry about. Tourists, students and legal workers are
very welcome in NZ, as long as they maintain and obey laws.
And for those who want to immigrate, it is very difficult to get
those caught working
illegally or overstaying, probably they never will get it. To immigrate, the person must firstly have a good
caracter and a clean file with the justice system. A good English is
very important. For the migrant skileed category you
must be a
professional listed in the skill categories or take a course to provide
skill. Other way would be have a job offer in an area classified as
in demand and than later start the process. A person with a degree or qualification and being young, has good chances of
been granted. It means the person must have something to offer to the country. The more
skilled and longer work experience in a particular function
is better, and if a job is offered in New Zealand, it is even easier. Another good alternative is to
study and obtain a qualification in NZ. What
NZ does not in need is people with no qualifications, which
could end up hunging on social security. With the new
rules they lowered the points, and even if a person
has a low English level they may accept through a course pre-paid. The clear preference is for people with excellent English or whose native language is
English and people with a skill that may contribute to the growth of New Zealand. The
immigration process could lasts between 2 months and one year, and can be made inside or outside of New Zealand, such as at
your home country. In fact, never been so easy to immigrate to New Zealand, provided that the person is young, studied and qualified in a profession in demand.
Oficer Penguinesco, with repect to the Tourist Visa to NZ what do I need to do?
If your passport is
from a country that
New Zealand has
is the case of many
countires, you will not
need any other documents or visa.
get the ticket, take the
plane and the the time you arrive
at the airport immigration,
will be granted
if you fulfill the requiemtns as
tourist such as money to travel and a credit card
will be welcome.
This permission is
valid for three months,
and may be extended for
period of nine months.
permission does not entitle
the tourist to
work, unless you
get a vairation of condition and it
is approved a work
who are barred
only return again
to NZ if
they take a pre-visa
at the Consulate or
Embassy in the country of
Do students need a specific visa? Are students
to study for
less than 3 months,
may come as
a tourist and study
or travel, no problems with that.
For those going to
study for longer
over 3 months or in a
degree in a
or in polytechnics,
will have to take
a Student Visa
in the country of origin
or if already in NZ change for this visa.
With the Student
Visa it is possible to work part time to
work 20 hours a
week to help with books,
gain work experience
while studiyng. Some of the conditions are if the course is at least two years long,
if the course leads to
that qualifies for points under the NZ Skilled Category,
if the course is at least one academic year long
and you are part in tertiary exchange scheme,
other options are if you are studying in year 12
/ 13 and
have written permission from your school and your parents.
Study English courses if the main purpose of the course is to develop
English language skills but
you must also have
at least 5
Officer Penguinesco, tell me more about you...
I am a
the South Seas, known
as Megadyptes Antipodes,
or "Yellow Eyed
cold waters south of
New Zealand. Me and my
kind are in
danger of extinction, and
are protected by the conservation
department in New Zealand.
Therefore, I have a
just like my beautiful
you come to New Zealand,
you may have the
opportunity to meet me.
Some of my famly are at the Kelly Tarlton in
forgot that my Visa expired yesterday!