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The Best 3 Ways to Move to Canada

You’ve imagined tellng your current boss that you’re leaving for Canada. You’ve researched where you want to live. You’ve started the job search. But you’re still not sure how to actually make the move from the computer screen to Canada.

Sound familiar?

We’ve compiled our top three ways to make your move to Canada a reality this year.

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Work in an in-demand industry, and land a job before you go

An obvious start, but make sure you’ve researched what jobs are actually in demand in Canada. You’ll get extra points on your visa application if you have a qualifying job offer from a Canadian employer.

We’ve compiled a post about Canada’s latest skill shortages – check it out to see if your occupation is needed in Canada.

If your occupation is on there, start your job search. You can try Working In Canada’s job board which is frequently updated.

If your occupation isn’t on the list, there are other visa options available to you – see ‘Get clued up on Canadian visas’ below.

Meet Canadian employers face-to-face

Or, even better than a job board, you could visit the Working International Expo. This October we’re coming to London and Dublin (our boutique, Canada-only show) with Canadian employers recruiting for a range of job skills and industries.  Attending an expo is a great way to meet these Canadian employers face to face. You’ll get the opportunity to sell your skills and experience and you may even interview while you’re there.

consider a move outside the big cities

Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are really popular with would-be Canadians, so think about making the move to some of the smaller provinces. The provinces experience critical skill shortages (meaning they’re more likely to look internationally for the skills they need) but still offer the incredible lifestyle and landscape of Canada’s major cities (arguably more so, as they’re less populated).

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operates currently in these provinces:

  • Alberta
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Yukon
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Saskatchewan
  • Ontario

PNP applications are given preference over other skilled visa applications (like the Federal Skilled Worker stream) by Citizenship & Immigration Canada, as they look to find the skills the provinces really need.

Get clued up on Canadian visas

There are multiple visa options into Canada for skilled workers, entrepreneurs, business owners, students, family members, and more.

The best way to understand the different routes into Canada and the options available to you is to get specialist visa advice.  At the Working International Expo, we’ve got Canadian visa experts (like Brazolot Migration Group) on hand to guide you through your different options and the visa process.

You can also explore Citizenship & Immigration Canada’s website to determine your eligibility.

Show your commitment

Canadian employers want to see an understanding about what relocating to Canada will really mean to you – and they want to see your commitment to making your new life work.

Have you ever visited Canada?  Do you have family in Canada?  Will you be bringing all your family with you to Canada? Or will all of your family be back home? How will you adjust to your new life?  Are you in it for the long haul or will you turn around and head back home after only a few months?

Consider the above questions and be sure that a move to Canada is right for you.

…It is? Great, going to the Working International Expo is a good way to show your commitment and enthusiasm. You can research all your visa options, meet potential employers and sort your move – from arranging professional movers to opening a bank account.

Make the move to Canada this October

You can arrange your move to Canada this October without leaving the UK or Ireland. The Working International Expo is coming to London, Dublin (our boutique, one-day expo featuring Canadian employers only), and Manchester, starting in a fortnight!

See you there!

Aurora Borealis, Canada

The Opportunities Overseas Expo UK and Ireland roadshow July 2013

This July, it certainly seemed like the Opportunities Overseas Expo brought the best of the weather to the UK – we landed in a heat wave that continued throughout the week and half of this July’s roadshow.

London: 6-7 July

We started in London, our flagship location where hundreds of people turned up (even though the weather was glorious and it was the Wimbledon final).

A nicely busy expo, visitors enjoyed meeting overseas employers and recruiters such as the Department of Health – Western Australia, Hays Recruitment (Australia and New Zealand), Hire A Hubby (New Zealand), The Physicians Recruitment Agency of Saskatchawan (Saskdocs – Canada) and Top Energy (New Zealand).

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Dublin: 10 July

Next stop was Dublin with a dedicated New Zealand jobs and seminars tour. Three employers flew in from New Zealand (Naylor Love Construction, Ryman Healthcare and Top Energy), alongside migration experts VisaFirst and Bayleys Real Estate Taranaki.

All the employers were really impressed with the expo attendees and met some great candidates.

Irish media really helped to plug the event with coverage in the Irish Examiner and the Daily Edge.

Top Energy Dublin July 2013

Newcastle: 11 July

We visited Newcastle for the very first time this July with a boutique event focused on migration advice and employment in Australia and New Zealand plus Canadian visa information.

The Department of Health – Western Australia and Hays Recruitment had roles available in Australia and New Zealand whilst Brazolot Migration Group was kept busy with Canadian visa enquiries.

Birmingham: 13-14 July

Our final stop was Birmingham, another busy weekend expo in the midst of the glorious British summer. The first time we’d been to Birmingham in a few years, the show brought a large number of Kiwi employers to central England, including Hire A Hubby, Naylor Love Construction, ACCENT Health Recruitment and Hays Recruitment.

They were joined by visa specialists Migration Planners, the Government of Western Australia running skilled migration seminars, The Physicians Recruitment Agency of Saskatchawan (Saskdocs – Canada) and Brazolot Migration Group (Canada).

What’s it like to attend an Opportunities Overseas Expo?

Here’s a selection of visitor feedback from the July shows:

“Really informative seminar, all questions/facts answered. Friendly staff and great venue. Very enjoyable.”

“Was brief but good. I found the Canada stand very helpful and quick. Very satisfied with attending.”

“It was great having a chance for one-on-one conversation.”

“Keep up the good work. The knowledge at the booths was good.”

“Generally interesting, had most of our questions answered and have lots of useful contacts.”

Next events

The Opportunities Overseas Expo will be back in October, details of upcoming events can be viewed at Working In Events.

Aberdeen and Manchester – did you know?

The Opportunities Overseas Expo UK and Ireland November 2012 roadshow is on the road – we’ve motored through London and Dublin and now we’re heading to Aberdeen and Manchester.

So it seems like the perfect time for a light-hearted look at the cities we’ll be alighting in with some little-known facts.

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ABERDEEN

  • In the late 19th century, Aberdeen was the British centre for envelope production – which probably explains why the self-seal envelope was developed in Aberdeen.
  • There are over 30 places named Aberdeen throughout the world.
  • Water polo began around 1863 on the River Dee in Aberdeen.

MANCHESTER

  • Is the city where Rolls met Royce – and a beautiful car was born.
  • The first modern computer was built in Manchester.
  • The atom was first split in Manchester.

Over to you

Feel free to share any facts about Aberdeen or Manchester – impress us with your insider knowledge!

Lining up to help rebuild Christchurch

Our Opportunities Overseas Expo UK and Ireland November 2012 roadshow is on the road!

Last weekend we were in London where hundreds of people attended, looking for their new job – and for some, their chance to rebuild Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Check out 3 News’ report of the busy expo.

We’ll be in Dublin (13 November) and Aberdeen (15 November), before finishing up in Manchester (17-18 November) – hope to see you there!

Fuelling your career abroad

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Fuel your energy, mining or engineering career by meeting overseas employers

Open any newspaper (or more likely these days, browse online via your favourite Apple device) and you’ll see the energy, mining and engineering industries are booming around the world. Fuelled by global demand for resources; government investment in infrastructure; or – in the very specific case of Christchurch, New Zealand – an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild a city, these industries are thriving.

Yet they’re also suffering from acute skill shortages, due in part to an ageing workforce beginning its downshift to retirement or a lack of students being enticed to train. Increasingly, those countries affected – such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand – are looking overseas to fill these skill gaps. Internationally recognised qualifications coupled with world-class experience means employers from these countries are keen to meet skilled professionals from overseas.

Explore your overseas opportunities

This November, you can meet a range of energy, mining and engineering industry employers at the Opportunities Overseas Expos in South Africa (Johannesburg) plus the UK and Ireland (London, Dublin, Aberdeen and Manchester).

You could meet Cameco. They’re a leading uranium producer from Canada who’ll be at the Jo’burg expo, looking to recruit construction managers (mining), senior metallurgists, senior project managers and senior engineers. EMS Recruitment and the Present Group from Australia will also be in Jo’burg, seeking senior mining engineers and head geotechnical engineers, amongst other roles.

Brierty Contractors from Australia will be in London and Manchester searching for civil project engineers and managers and quantity surveyors, plus more.

New Zealand opportunities include OMV New Zealand – a leading oil and gas producer based in the beautiful Taranaki region – who’ll be visiting London and Aberdeen. There’s also Truck Investments Group in Dublin and Manchester, looking for ready mixed concrete delivery drivers and heavy goods vehicle mechanics, amongst others.

Finally, if you’d like to be part of the Christchurch rebuild, come along and meet representatives from the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. Leading multi-national companies Beca, Downer and Opus will be in London, Manchester and Dublin offering engineering and construction roles in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand.

Find out more

More job roles and further details of the industries represented at the Opportunities Overseas Expos, plus event dates and locations, can be found at Working In Events.

What is FIFO?

Fly in Fly Out – or FIFO as it is more commonly referred to – is a method of employing people for remote country locations which is very commonly used in Western Australia. As an alternative to relocating entire families to often remote locations, the employee is flown to the work site for a number of days, and then flown home again.

Why FIFO?

Employers prefer their workers to be FIFO as the cost of transporting employees to site is far less than it would be to build, maintain and develop long term communities. Employees may prefer the FIFO opportunity as their families are often reluctant to relocate to small towns in remote areas.

What should I expect?

Mine Workers in Bengalla

Mine Workers in Australia

Rosters dictate how long you are on site, and how long you are home. Most rosters offered are 4 weeks on site and 1 week at home – 4:1 however these rosters vary depending on the project and the site.

Usually a FIFO position involves working a shift of 10 hours each day for a number of continuous days. When on site, you will be supplied with all meals, accommodation, house-keeping – some camps also offer swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms, cable TV and unlimited internet as a way of attracting and retaining skilled staff.

Read on for more on what’s driving the industry here in Australia and how you can get your FIFO job:

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Could Australian heavy construction projects be the opportunity you are looking for?

Newman Hub Conveyors

Conveyors at the Newman Hub processing centre

Australia currently has tremendous job opportunities on some the biggest heavy construction projects wordlwide.

Within the construction industry the term “heavy” refers to items produced such as iron ore, coal, oil and gas etc. Owners of heavy construction projects are usually large, for-profit, industrial corporations. These corporations can be found in such industries as Infrastructure, power transmission and distribution, metallurgical and material handling, oil and gas, chemical, power generation, mineral processing etc.

Heavy construction projects require a team of qualified individuals to ensure successful project completion. Specifically, in the fields of mechanical and structural engineering, project management, construction management, quality surveying, Health Safety & Environmental and quality assurance management. In Australia majority of heavy construction projects are located in regional areas ‘outback Australia’ therefore, fly in and fly out (FIFO) rosters have been adopted as a method of employment.

Read on for details on some of the biggest current projects here in Australia:
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How to get reliable immigration advice

Hi Everyone

This week, we have some great tips for helping you to find reliable visa and immigration advice. If you’re serious about moving country, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to get a reputable immigration adviser. Why? You’ve all heard the saying a stitch in time saves nine, and this is one case where it’s certainly true!

Why use an immigration adviser?

  • An immigration adviser will give you a realistic idea of your chances of success right from the word go. Of course, your eligibility will depend on your individual circumstances, including factors such as your age, work experience, skills and language ability.
  • If you are eligible, you’ll be told what immigration pathways are available and which one is going to work best for you. You won’t waste time and money heading down the wrong path then having to do a ‘u-turn’ later on.
  • You get the bonus of expert advice to sort out any hitches along the way. Immigration law can be a difficult beastie at the best of times and it’s constantly changing, so up-to-date advice not only smooths out the snags en route, it helps prevent them in the first place!

How can I pick a reliable immigration adviser?

  • Choose someone who is licensed or registered. Legitimate advisers and agents are regulated by a professional body which helps ensure that they are competent. While it won’t necessarily guarantee you professional service, it will go a long way to weeding out ‘cowboy’ outfits! In New Zealand, agents are called licensed immigration advisers, and they are regulated by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA); in Australia, they are called registered  migration agents and they are regulated by MARA; and in Canada, they are called immigration consultants and they are regulated by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
  • Ensure that their membership is current. If a licensed agent or business has been investigated for failing to provide a professional service, their licence will have been cancelled. Make a quick call to the regulatory body first to make sure they are still legit before you hand over any money!
  • Check out their credentials. You wouldn’t rent out your house or employ someone without checking their references, so ask if you can speak to a recent client, and check out the agency online too (web, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn). A reputable company will have a professional online presence with a history that can be tracked. If you have friends who’ve already migrated, ask them who they used and what their experience was, or visit ex-pat forums and get recommendations that way. This kind of research takes a bit of extra effort, but it pays off in the long run!

What next?

  • Read up about the immigration categories for New Zealand, Australia and Canada so you know what to expect.
  • If you’re considering emigrating as a skilled migrant, take Working In’s free online visa assessment to have see if you have the right skills to move to Australia or New Zealand. This will help you to determine if it’s worthwhile proceeding.
  • Visit our visa sections for Australia, New Zealand and Canada. There’s loads of info here, including more about visa categories and policy, and reputable advisers in Australia, NZ and Canada who can help you with your move.

Come and see us in person in the UK in June/July!
We have immigration advisers and migration agents attending our Opportunities Overseas Expos to help you with your migration questions so, if you are relocating, make sure you come along to an expo near you! We’ll be in in the UK in Leeds on 30 June-1 July, and in London on 7-8 July, and we’ll have some great job opportunities as well.

Hope to see you there!

Skill shortages in Oz & NZ

Hi again!

Great to see so many of you (9,210 altogether!) visiting us at our Opportunities Overseas Expos in London and Manchester last month, and at our Energy, Mining & Engineering expo in Aberdeen. There’s lots of great talent out there, and many of you who came along are now going through the recruitment process and getting ready for the next exciting step of your journey.

Next up, we’ll be bringing employers from NZ, Australia and Peru to Canada for the Energy, Mining & Engineering International Jobs Expo in May, so what better time to look at the areas of skill shortage, and find out just who’s in demand at the moment.

The Aussie mining boom
Everyone’s heard about the mining boom in Aussie, so it’s no surprise to find that main areas of skill shortage are connected to the mining and oil & gas sector. With a whopping US$229 billion (AU$232 billion) of committed gas projects in the pipeline, Australia has a critical shortage of experienced engineers, tradespeople and construction workers to staff up its raft of mega projects.

Calling all Senior Engineers!
Engineering shortages are biting especially hard, as major mining projects, including the massive AU$43 billion Gorgon project, exhaust the local labour supply. Australia’s national engineering body, Engineers Australia, has predicted that the country’s engineering workforce will need to double just to keep pace with the rapid development, so if you have engineering skills – especially at a senior level – you’ll be very much in demand!

Some of the roles that Aussie employers are recruiting for in Canada include well, reservoir & petroleum engineers; principal, civil, mechanical & process engineers; drilling supervisors; hydrologists; project directors and managers; health & safety managers and engineering managers.

Other energy/infrastructure specialists in demand include transmission line practitioners, waste water and water planning engineers,  site supervisors, environmental advisors and senior planners

Skill shortages in New Zealand
In New Zealand, the skills shortages may not be quite as intense, but the country’s growing energy sector is still short of skilled professionals, with mining specialists, engineers and geologists high on the list of those most in demand. The Christchurch rebuild is also putting the squeeze on the labour market, with engineers and skilled trades already in demand – a shortfall of up to 30,000 workers has already been forecast during the 10-20 year rebuild period.

Some of the roles that NZ employers are recruiting for at the Canada expos include mining, petroleum, geotechnical & field engineers; technical services and production superintendents; and exploration & mine geologists. Within the energy/power sector, there are roles for project engineers & managers, power system analysts, electrical network engineers, electricity asset managers, engineering analysts and substation design engineers.

Come & see us in Canada
So, if you’re in Canada, and you’re working in the oil & gas, energy, engineering or infrastructure sectors, come along and check out the jobs available in Oz & NZ (we’ll also have some jobs in Peru – again, mining-related roles including heavy diesel mechanics and truck operators!). 

We’ll be touching down in the three Canadian cities in 2012: Calgary (5-6 May) at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre; Vancouver (9 May) at the Hyatt Regency and Edmonton (12-13 May) at the Mayfield Inn & Suites.

Where to book
You can find out more about companies attending and the roles being recruited for at:
www.workingin.com/eme

CALGARY | BOOK NOW
VANCOUVER | BOOK NOW
EDMONTON | BOOK NOW

Hope to see you there!

Moving countries? Why should you go to a job expo?

Hi – and hello 2012! Fresh start to a fresh year and, if you’re still serious about moving country, now is the time to put those job hunting plans into action!

If you’re in the UK or Europe, getting a job sorted from the other side of the globe can seem like something for the ‘too hard’ basket but these days, if you can’t go to the employers, the good news is, they can come to you!

Finding a job – the easy way!

Finding a job at the Opportunities Overseas ExpoWorking In is holding its first migration and job expos for the year in London (this weekend, 24-25 March), Aberdeen
(28 March) and Manchester
(31 March-1 April),
and we’ll have dozens of employers flying in from New Zealand, Canada and Australia. The big bonus is that meeting potential employers face to face gives you a huge advantage in the job hunting process, and because you don’t have to leave the country, even better!

Why meet employers in person?

  • You have an unbeatable opportunity to sell your best asset – yourself! – up close and personal.
  • You can tell pretty much straight away if there’s a good fit between you both, and whether or not you’ll fit in with the company culture and philosophy.
  • If you plan your day properly, and do some research on the roles being recruited, you have the advantage of checking out not just one, but hundreds of employment opportunities – all under the same roof!
  • It’s an invaluable opportunity to network and build contacts. Make sure you prepare hard copies of your up-to-date CV to hand out to employers and, if possible, bring along a copy on a memory stick.
  • If it leads to a job or a job offer, then you’ve already smoothed the pathway for your visa application and increased your chances of being accepted.

Do your research on the jobs available!

A word of advice, before you go, save yourself time and do some research on the roles each company is offering. Getting the right match between your work experience and the jobs on offer is vital.

You can see what skills employers are looking to fill by clicking on the company logos on the Canada, NZ  and Australia pages.

Feeling inspired? Then get along and get that job!

BOOK NOW for Opportunities Australia: London, Aberdeen & Manchester
BOOK NOW  for Opportunities Canada: London, Aberdeen & Manchester.
BOOK NOW  for Opportunities New Zealand: London, Aberdeen & Manchester.

See you there!

So how do you get a visa?

Kia Ora,

I want to start by thanking the thousands of people who read our blogs over the past week, almost 11,000 of you!  The response has been amazing and thanks for all the great questions and comments.  We would love to reply to all the comments but Jenny and I make sure we read every one.  Some of the comments ask the same question, so we will use your comments to help create future blogs.  Do let us know if there is any topic in particular you’d like to see on our blog and Jenny and I will do our best to include that in one of our posts.

Jenny’s blog about how to write a CV was hugely popular.  Please don’t send your CV’s to us. There is much more involved in the immigration process than sending your CV to an employer or recruiter. One of the most frequent comments we had was “How can I get a visa and can you help me?”  So in today’s blog I am going to give you some information to help you plan your move.

The visa and the job offer are obviously 2 very important factors to focus on when making the move.  But there is so much more involved.  One of the first things you need to do is get accurate answers to important these important questions:

  • What type of visa’s am I eligible for?
  • What are my employment prospects?
  • Do I need a job offer to secure a visa or can I apply without a job offer?

You can only make an effective plan if you know the answers to these questions.

Other things you need to know:

  • How much money will I need?
  • How long will it take?

The answer is that every move is different. We help hundreds of people move to Australia and New Zealand each year and every application is unique.

Communication is crucial to the whole process.  English language ability is tested if English is not your first language and employers will want to know that you have excellent communication skills.  You may be able to move to New Zealand or Australia within a couple of months of securing a job offer but if you are applying for jobs now, are you ready to catch that plane and start work?

So, here is how Working In Visas help people make the journey:

  • Complete our online migration map questionnaire, find out if you are eligible to migrate http://www.workingin-visa.com/visa-assessment/free/stage-1
  • If eligible; you may be invited to talk to one of our experienced consultants who will answer all your questions and outline your migration options
  • You will be assigned your own Migration Agent to manage your move and be given all the tools and support you need to search and apply for jobs
  • Your visa application will be lodged so that it meets current Immigration Policy

Many applications are declined, simply because the migrant involved do not get accurate advice about their move, right at the start of the process.  Emigrating is one of the most life changing events you can undertake and so it is critical to make sure you make a plan.  If you are eligible to migrate and meet the immigration criteria then we may be able to help you.

On a lighter note it is Friday here in Auckland and we are just hours away from the highly anticipated Rugby World Cup 2011 Opening Ceremony!! I have my All Blacks shirt on and will be heading up to Parnell to watch New Zealand’s largest firework display and then off to watch the big game.  It makes me feel even luckier than usual to be able to live here right now – New Zealand as a whole has come alive, and with 90,000 international fans here to watch the rugby, the world really has come to play – It is fantastic!!  Check out the coverage if you get a chance it will also give you an insight into our culture http://www.tvnz.co.nz

Ka Kite (bye for now),

Paul

CHRISTCHURCH AND CANTERBURY WANT YOU!

TVNZ Media Coverage 2nd September 2011:

I have pasted below a link to an interesting interview on TVNZ this morning, about the reality that is the skills gap in Christchurch and Canterbury. 

Building a whole new city is a challenge New Zealand has never faced before.  Of particular relevance to many of you I know read this blog, is the focus placed on attracting skilled migrants from outside New Zealand, into the region.  More so now than ever before.

A few points covered off include;

  • Where can they source skilled people from? 
  • How big is this opportunity for the short and long term development of the region?
  • What kinds of professions are needed immediately and for the future?

Watch the Canterbury Employment and Skills Board speak with TVNZ Breakfast News on the link below:

http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/amp-sep-2-christchurch-looks-abroad-fill-skills-gap-4-27-video-4381836

Rugby World Cup Fever

When I first moved to New Zealand I actually knew very little about Rugby. I just didn’t get it. Didn’t understand the rules or how the scoring worked. If you ask me now what the backs do and who is in the All Blacks I can give you a complete breakdown. I wasn’t really into sport in the UK but living over here has changed that for me. Those of you who have been to our expos will have seen me proudly wearing my signed All Blacks shirt and winding up our Australian exhibitors when the All Blacks have beaten them again.

This weekend we will hopefully see a repeat of this when the All Blacks beat Australia in the final of the Tri Nations cup. It’s a massive event when these sides meet but even more important with the Rugby World cup just a few weeks away. It’s the first time the event has been held in New Zealand and the country is all ready in rugby overdrive (some people its fair to say are completely over it)

So why am I talking about Rugby on this emigration blog?

As most of you know we hold expos all over the world for people wanting to emigrate to New Zealand, Australia or Canada and the Rugby in New Zealand is a great opportunity to find out more about what it is like to live here so we have an event in New Zealand for those of you visiting for the games.

We have put on an evening so you can get all the insider info you need and this is going to be held in Auckland near our famous waterside Viaduct on 12th October. You will enjoy a taste of New Zealand culture and food as well as hear from guest celebrity speakers and make some useful business contacts.

Entrance is free and we would love to see you there. Spaces are limited so reserve your spot now by emailing emma.grate@workingin.com (clever eh)

Here is some more useful information for those of you who are making the trip

http://www.workingin-newzealand.com/news/36851/aucklands-queens-wharf-the-hub-of-cup-celebrations

If you are ever in New Zealand and want to pop into our main office then don’t hesitate. We are in the CBD in Auckland so just email me and I’ll take you out for a coffee and a chat. I’ll tell you great stories about how New Zealand beat Australia in the rugby world cup final and might even talk a bit about your plans for emigrating.

Sorry you can see I’m a bit rugby obsessed at the moment but it is part of life over these side of the world and something I have learned to appreciate which I never would if I’d stayed in the UK.  Emigrating is all about new experiences and nine years into my move I am learning new things every day.

Next blog will be over to Jenny and back onto immigration topics that will interest all of you.  It’s been great getting your comments to our recent blogs and so for a bit of fun take part in our poll below

Where have we been?

Hi Everyone,

sorry it has been so long since our last post but as you know we were over in the UK at our Expos in Leeds and London and the interest was even higher than expected. Over 5000 people attended and we were flat out busy. Jenny and I are now back safely in the New Zealand office (well, actually Jenny is taking a well deserved break in Fiji) and I just wanted to let you know how things have moved on already for some of the people we met at the expo.

The employers and recruiters who flew over from Australia and New Zealand were all really pleased with the quality of the people they met in the UK. Many have already offered jobs to the people they met who are ready to move and they are busy following up on the hundreds of others whose skills are needed.

The key thing to remember here is that when you come to an expo the exhibitors will be talking to a lot of people and they will be focusing very closely on those people who are ready to make the move. Coming to the expos and being able to show how committed you are will put you ahead of the others who are researching the move. Although employers and recruiters have flown thousands of miles to meet you they are still looking for the best quality people who are committed to making the move.

Of course we have lots of people who come along to the expos because they are researching the move and they want to know the best way to proceed. I personally met thousands of people who attended our working in seminars on Australia and New Zealand and hopefully got to speak to most of you. If you are not sure of the best way for you and your family to migrate then the best thing to do at the expo is sign up for our migration map and hundreds of people did this and we are now busy having consultations with these people giving them all the information they need to be able to proceed and that information is tailored to them and their circumstances.

Of course it’s not all work and it was good to spend some time in Leeds as I hadn’t been there in years and any down time in London is always fun. There is a lot of meeting and mingling with all the exhibitors at these events and this is where we have a unique position compared to other immigration companies. Not only do we organise the expos but we also exhibit at them and build relationships with all the other exhibitors and are in constant touch with them making those relationships work for our visa clients.

So if you did come along to the expo I would love to hear from you so please leave a comment. We are already getting busy organising our Canadian, South Africa and next round of UK expos due to take place in November.

I’ll be giving you some insider tips on how to make the most of the expo and even running some competitions so you can win some free tickets so do interact with us on this blog and we will respond to all comments.

We aim to blog more frequently (well when Jen gets back from FIJI, can you tell I’m jealous) so do keep checking in and tell your friends.

For those of you looking for jobs in New Zealand or Australia here are some handy tips to help you on your way.

A Positive attitude – You need to come across to employers as committed to the move with an upbeat positive flexible attitude. If you can also show commitment to the move by visits you have made to Australia or New Zealand or show engagement with a company such as workingin visas this can also add to your appeal

A Good CV – It is very important to have your CV formatted in a way that suits the employers. This could be very different to how you currently format your CV. Grammar and spelling is crucial and your CV should be tailored to each application

Understand your potential employer – Read the job description carefully. What are they looking for? Who are they and what do they do? You need to do as much research as possible before applying

Be Proactive – Follow up your job applications with phone calls as well as emails. Phone calls show motivation and are the best way to make contact. Keep track of your applications and even follow up the rejections with a request for feedback.

Know your timeframes – This is essential. Do not apply for jobs unless you are able to move. Some employers will wait months but most will want you to start work ASAP.

Leave your comments we want to hear from you

Ka Kite (bye for now)

Paul Goddard

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Business and Investment opportunity in New Zealand

I know I have talked about investing in a business as a way of moving to New Zealand before but we are seeing an increase in the amount of people we are assisting with this route to residence so I thought it was a good time to update and give an overview on this option that can really provide a solution to some people.
I moved to New Zealand on a Long Term Business Visa in 2003. One of the best things about this visa process is that it gives you a nice long timeframe where you can plan and make the move. The visa is also granted before you move which can minimise the risk involved i.e. you may be able to wait for the visa to be granted before you sell your house and make the move. Here are some of the benefits of this type of visa

  • It allows you to set up or buy a business in New Zealand
  • There is no minimum investment required
  • your partner may get an open work visa allowing them to take any job
  • it can lead to residency
  • you have 9 months from the visa being granted to actually make the move
  • you can choose where you want to live and set up your business in New Zealand

Of course there are lots of criteria to meet immigration policy and you will need the following

  • previous experience of running a business (being the director or senior manager of a business may be sufficient)
  • funds to support yourself during the period of the LTBV
  • evidence of the benefit of your business to New Zealand
  • a realistic and thorough business plan

There are other criteria to be met as well but anyone seriously interested can just leave a comment at the end of this blog and I will contact you. We know this is a popular option for people as we had almost 3000 replies to a recent survey we sent out before we had to stop the survey and handle the questions. Setting up and running a business is always full of challenges but doing this in a new country adds unique challenges. Luckily New Zealand has been voted the third easiest country to do business and you have people like me who have done this and can help you.

Investing in New Zealand

Some more good news it that there have recently been some changes in the investor policy for New Zealand. It is now possible to invest in residential property in New Zealand. There will be strict criteria around what investment is allowed but this is good news for investors who were not previously given this option.

You can also now transfer your money through non bank money transfer companies and the criteria under Category 2 has been re-worded so that people who have 3 years business experience and have run a business with 5 or more full-time  employees or a turnover of $1 Million + can now apply. Previously the criteria was 5 or more employees and a $1 Million + turnover. So it’s great to see that New Zealand is making some practical changes and making it clear that the country wants investors.

Australia too has options for business people and investors and we will be bringing an Australian expert in this area to our expos in the UK in July. He will be presenting at our seminars along with myself and giving you all the information you need. Check out www.expo-newzealand.com

New Zealand and Australia are lands of opportunity if you are willing to go out and chase it. I know from experience that you have to be 100% committed and that having expert help around you in the early stages can make all the difference.  Leave a comment and I will get back to you.

 

London and Manchester Expo update

Well it’s time for our first expos in London and Manchester and my bags are packed, ready for that long flight from New Zealand to the UK. It’s funny, but it seems to get longer every time I do it! I’ve selected the films I’m going to try to watch and booked a nice quiet seat at the back of the plane in preparation.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve the expo experience for our visitors and exhibitors and this year we have added more seminars and worked on reducing queues. This will mean you can get all the information you need to be able to take that next step to actually starting a new life in Australia, New Zealand or Canada. We have more exhibitors this year, reflecting the booming Australian economy and looming skills shortages.

We will also be updating you on what’s happening in Christchurch and how it is going to affect the New Zealand economy. No new buildings will be built for the next 6 months, but once the rebuild does begin it will give a well needed boost to the construction industry and the economy. The reserve bank in New Zealand has just cut interest rates, but has stated that this is just a temporary measure and interest rates will increase next year as the rebuild starts.  We have also experienced some internal migration since the quake with over 10,000 people moving from Christchurch to Auckland and thousands moving to Dunedin, Nelson and the cities that surround Christchurch.

Another new option at our expos is to upgrade your entrance ticket to VIP status. This is for those of you who are determined to make the move and want to get expert advice so that you can actually make the move a reality. I know how daunting this can be. Emigrating is one of the most life changing things you will ever do. I can also tell you that once you do commit to the move you will become more focused and can experience the peace of mind that comes with having people who have made the move help you do the same. The VIP tickets are limited and there are only a few left so to get yours just click here www.expo-newzealand.com

Some Expo Tips

The expos can get busy, do take your time and make the most of your visit. Most of the exhibitors have flown from Australia, New Zealand and Canada to attend these events so they do want to talk to you. Make sure you visit all the stands, even if you are not sure if they can help you. They will have lots of information to share even if it is just about what the weather is like in Perth!

Check out the seminar timetable as soon as you arrive and make sure you visit as many seminars as possible. We have added more seminars this year with even  more information. You will hear about what it’s like to live and work in these countries and also get tips and advice on how to apply for jobs and secure visas.

If you’ve ever run a business before and are interested in running a business in New Zealand or Australia, then make sure you attend our business seminar on the Saturday of the expo in London and Manchester. I will be explaining how I moved to NZ on a business visa and how we can help you do the same.

Well its time to change some dollars to pounds, buy myself a coat and say goodbye to New Zealand for a few weeks. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible while I am in the UK and helping you make a move down under.

See you at the expos

Paul Goddard

Australia/New Zealand overview

I am a glass half full type of person. I always look for the positive but as events over the past week in Christchurch have shown this positivity needs to be checked against a big dose of reality. As New Zealand moves forward information is becoming available and the country is looking to the future. Here is some information from the past few days.

The rebuild of Christchurch

Focus is now on rebuilding Christchurch and the size of the work is becoming apparent. The master builders association has said that the rebuild in Christchurch alone is equivalent to two years construction for the whole of New Zealand. Does New Zealand have enough workers to cope? In short the likely answer us no. The construction industry has been hard hit over the last couple of years and there is a large pool of builders here in New Zealand who need work. However, there are other factors to consider. Queensland in Australia has just been ravaged by floods and has a huge rebuild project. Traditionally 25% of the construction workforce in NZ goes to Australia each year for work. As the industry has been facing tough times the number of apprentices joining the industry has been falling. So in the short-term NZ will need structural engineers, project managers etc but when the rebuild gets into full swing we are going to be facing shortages of skilled construction workers. The master builders association are calling for a strategy to be put in place and skills shortages are really going to be an issue across a number of professions in NZ from 2012 for a number if years

NZ tourism

The head of the tourism board in New Zealand has a similar message and it is only 10 days since the quake and whilst there has been a number of cancellations of bookings in Christchurch and people changing their itineraries to other cities. He has said this is an issue that is effecting Christchurch and whilst there have been falling tourism numbers during the recession. The rest of New Zealand is remaining steady. There are also some bright spots on the horizon such as the rugby world cup which takes place in October. Again plans are being put in place and the message is clear New Zealand is open for business

What are we doing?

We have our expos coming up in the UK in a few weeks time and I will shortly be boarding a plane for that long flight. I will be talking about New Zealand at our seminars and giving everyone an honest overview plus explaining how you can make the move here. We will be doing our bit for Christchurch as well and are finalizing those plans at the moment. Again we have the same message New Zealand is open for business and the skills shortage is still here and will be increasing over coming years. If you are looking at Australia you need to home along.

Australia

The Australian economy us continuing to race along and the skills shortage is really biting. We have a large number of employers and recruiters flying to the UK with us and many are looking to offer jobs at the expo. There are some major changes to Australian immigration policy that take effect from 1st July 2011 and so we will be updating you on this and explaining how this will affect your move. We have around 50 exhibitors at the March expo and will be very busy so make sure you make the most of your visit by becoming a VIP guest

I WANT TO BE A VIP

More about the expo in my next blog

New Zealand is having a national day of morning in the coming weeks but one thing that has been emerging is the great kiwi sense of humour. Have a look at this advert and the comments people have left

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Home-living/Outdoor-garden-conservatory/Landscaping-materials/Stones-rocks/auction-357989041.htm

The glass is half full

Ka kite

Paul Goddard

New Zealand will rebuild

It has been a very difficult week here in New Zealand. We have seen the countries worst natural disaster hit Christchurch and it has shocked everyone. This is extra cruel as the city was just starting to recover from the earthquake in September. We knew there could be large aftershocks from that original quake and the people of Christchurch have been living with these for months but this quake was a new one. These events are predicted to occur once every 600 years but to have two within 6 months is very unusual.
The first quake happened in the middle of night and caused relatively little damage but last week the quake hit at lunch time and centered just 10 k from Christchurch CBD. The devastation is massive and the death toll us likely to exceed 200. Christchurch is a beautiful city. I have visited many times and have friends there who I am pleased to say are all safe. It is hard even to look at the images of places you know well just completely destroyed but this being New Zealand people will soon start focusing on rebuilding. The CBD is going to be closed for months and the cost of the quake will likely be more than 10 billion dollars but NZ is one of the best prepared countries for this type of event. The earthquake commission has billions of dollars set aside and the response from the rest if the world has been amazing. Once the rebuild starts it will provide work for the construction industry which has been hard hit in recent years and we may even need more construction people from overseas
Inevitably an event like this will see people leave Christchurch never to return so the city will need to build more than buildings and infrastructure. There are no figures on this at the moment and the people of Christchurch are very proud of their city so let’s see what happens.
The quake will effect the NZ economy as well Christchurch contributes 10% of the countries GDP, so measures will need to be put in place and this will take years to recover from.
Everyone is getting behind the city and we will soon hear some good news stories as people start to focus on making the city even better than it was before. For now all of us outside Christchurch are giving all the support we can. Earthquakes are something we live with in NZ and in the eight years I have lived here I have only felt one. Thankfully an event like the Christchurch quake is rare.

the following video just about says it all

Ka Kite

Paul Goddard

Welcome to 2011

I know, I know… It’s February already and I haven’t posted on here for a while. To be honest the summer in New Zealand kicked in as soon as I returned from our UK expos in October and is still going strong. These hot nights don’t lend themselves to sitting in front of my laptop so I have been making the most of things. Afterall that is one of the reasons why we moved here. I have also really got into the nitty-gritty of writing my second book and I now remember how therapeutic that can be. Going back to explore why we moved to New Zealand and the things that we have experienced over the last eight years is an enlightening experience and I never take anything for granted. I aim to have the book finished within the next 6 months but don’t hold me to that. I’ll keep you updated and give you some sneak previews in future posts.

Our March expos in the UK are coming round very fast and I will be on a plane in five weeks time heading for London and Manchester. We are constantly improving the experience for visitors to our expos and have made some changes this year that we are excited about and I hope to see you in some of my seminars that we are holding at the expos. The last few months have been hectic (apart from enjoying the sunshine) and we are seeing more and more interest in the expos both from visitors and employers/ recruiters in Australia and New Zealand. 2011 is going to be a big year as Australian employers are really starting to feel the skills shortage begin to bite and here in New Zealand whilst our economy still has sectors that haven’t fully recovered from the recession we are seeing evidence of the same thing happening here. The other big news in NZ for 2011 is the rugby world cup which is going to put a lot of focus on the country so if you are thinking of visiting around October be prepared and do let me know.

Talking of Rugby World Cup we have decided to hold two onshore expos in Rotorua and Auckland around the last week of the Rugby for those people who are visiting the country and would like to know about the options for making a more permanent move here. The Rotorua expo is on 13th October   and the Auckland expo will be held on 18th October just before the final which of course New Zealand will win. We will have employers, recruiters and economic development agencies in attendance as well as our team of immigration experts to give you the information you need to find out if emigrating to New Zealand is possible for you. If you are thinking of visiting anytime in 2011 then do keep these dates in mind as these are one-off events and are a great opportunity. You might want to switch that planned trip to October to make the most of your visit.

On a personal note I have just moved to Auckland and so my New Zealand adventure is still continuing even though we have now lived here for eight years and are very settled. It has been great experiencing new places and things to do and quite interesting as when we first looked at emigrating we were determined not to live in Auckland. It was just the fact that it is a large city and that was part of what we were trying to escape from in the UK. However, I can tell you that Auckland is not like any UK city and we are really enjoying it. It is a very different lifestyle to the rest of New Zealand but doesn’t have to be as fast paced as you would imagine. I am even enjoying getting the train to and from the office even though it is a little more laid back than the UK train system I was used to.

My son enjoy’s visiting Auckland museum and the Zoo and of course Sky Tower. He has never bored with that place in all the time we have lived here and I’m sure it would be his ideal place to live. So when you visit NZ do give Auckland some time and don’t just use it as a base. Over 40% of the people who emigrate to New Zealand settle in Auckland so you might want to find out why.

Will update you again soon

Paul Goddard

Back to the UK for our biggest expos

I can’t believe I will be getting on a plane again next week to make the journey back to the UK for our expos in London and Manchester. It has only been 3 months since I was last there but so much has happened. The world economy is making a slow recovery, kind of one step forward two steps back and we are just coming out of winter here in New Zealand and the season is going out with a bang with some high winds and even snow on the South Island.

Many of you will be aware of the Earthquake that hit Christchurch on the south island recently and it was a huge one at 7.1 on the Richter scale. The rebuild is well underway but I think what has been great is how well the country has coped with such a massive event. Over 80% of Christchurch was actually unaffected by the quake and luckily no one lost their life. There has been a lot of damage to buildings in the area and immigration has announced that it may relax immigration rules allowing builders and engineers to come in from overseas to help with the rebuild. One of the other things I wasn’t aware of was the fact that the earthquake commission has money put aside for these events which luckily don’t happen very often so although the quake is going to cost billions of dollars the country was prepared.  For those of you who may not be used to earthquakes (like me) New Zealand only feels around 20 per year and most cause no damage at all. Events like the Christchurch quake are rare and we were well prepared. I have only felt one quake in the 8 years I have lived in New Zealand and actually experienced 3 while I lived in the UK!

As we head into summer there is more positivity in New Zealand with the economy and job vacancies traditionally pick up. Getting ready to make the move in 2011 is a good idea and the Rugby World cup is being held in NZ during October 2011 and will be huge for the country. We are expecting over 80,000 visitors from overseas and many will be looking at the visit with a view to moving to the country permanently. We are holding two expos during the Rugby world cup so that people who are visiting can meet employers and find out what your options are for making a move here. The first will be in Rotorua and the other will be in Auckland and I’ll keep you updated.

Speaking of expos, we have just finished South Africa which was a huge success with people leaving the event very satisfied with the help and info they received. We now have the largest team of licensed advisors for New Zealand and Australia in the industry and we are offering people the opportunity to purchase a Journey Down Under package where we will assess your visa and employment options for both countries and have a consultation with you at the expo. I have learned a lot about Australian immigration in the past few months and the economy there is also doing very well. There have been huge changes to the immigration policy in Australia and we will be able to update you at our expos in the UK so do make sure you come along. You can get all the info you need and book your tickets here www.expo-newzealand.com

Our journey to work service is very popular as most people want to migrate with a job offer secured. Our teams in Auckland and Sydney have been creating relationships with more and more employers and recruiters which is great news for the people who do use our visa service. Can you tell I’m excited about these up coming expos?

Here is something to remember if you are coming along to London or Manchester. Take your time, talk to people on the stands and get all the information you can. Grab a coffee and make sure you come to one of our Australia/ New Zealand seminars so that you can get some clarity on how the immigration process can apply to you and your family. Make sure you come and talk to us on the visa stand or better still pre book your journey down under consultation. This way you will get all the information you need but also all the answers so that you can make the move down under a reality.

I look forward to seeing you there

Paul Goddard

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