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Greetings, fellow navigators!

Firstly, we’re blushing: our expo in London got picked up by the media. This piece by TVNZ focuses on medical recruitment in New Zealand, but there was a great buzz in all sectors representing the three countries Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

On to more practical matters, let’s talk about the one thing everybody needs: work.

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Australia

For a long time, Australia was heavily invested in mining and manufacturing. However, that’s now changing, partly due to the drop in global commodity prices, and stricter competition in manufacturing durables. So Australia’s traditional employment sectors are now being overtaken by professional services.

Leading these are the health services, which have seen quarter of a million new jobs since this time last year. If you know a few things about how to fix up a body, or how to care for people, check out these opportunities. 

And professions – across the board – have good opportunities too. From traditional things like legal and accounting to snazzy stuff like science, IT and robotechnology, this sector has taken on 150,000 people in the last year, representing growth of 14%. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer.

Lastly, if you’re into education (either at school, or tertiary, or work training), then you could be one of the 120,000 people who’ve helped this sector grow by 13% in the last year. Here’s how.

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Canada

The large Canadian economy – like many others in the developed world – is still emerging from the days of the GFC and its resulting shifts in commodity prices and global labour competition. As a result, mining and manufacturing have contracted in the last year. But there are new opportunities in professions such as public administration and finance, insurance and real estate.

Unemployment has turned a corner and – now securely below 7% – is independently projected to track down in the next 5 years. And, for those intending to work in the new-look Canadian economy, workplaces are likely to improve with a raft of new employment laws coming on line which will create safer, more transparent workplaces.

Meanwhile, recent research by Manpower group has shown that 32% of Canadian employers have roles which they’re struggling to fill. One of the main reasons for this is that there simply aren’t enough applicants with the right skill sets. However this might be a good problem for candidates, and applies across large swathes of the economy. Roles which employers are finding particularly hard to fill include: tradespeople, drivers, executive managers, technicians, sales reps, engineers, office administrators, labourers, accountants, clerks and teachers. Click here to view all.

New Zealand, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu in Autumn, lifestyle travel photography by lifestyle travel photographer Matthew Williams-Ellis

New Zealand, Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu in Autumn, lifestyle travel photography by lifestyle travel photographer Matthew Williams-Ellis

New Zealand

It’s been described as a “rock star economy.” And while not everyone would necessarily echo that exact phrase, New Zealand has more than its fair share of opportunity. The bad news is that diary (formerly known as “white gold”) is suffering a drop in global demand. As a result our quite large agricultural sector has retrenched somewhat as it retools for new opportunities.

The good news is that there are plenty of economic drivers to take its place. Business confidence is emerging from a post GFC slump with the biggest quarterly rise in 8 years, and unemployment is trending down, currently at 5.3%. Overall, the indicators are good.

Construction is one of the hot employment sectors, with 31,000 new jobs in the last 12 months. If you’re into designing, specifying, building and maintaining stuff, you should probably check our listings. Health and social services also have a large, growing range of opportunities. The professions are as strong as ever, and education continues its upward climb.

Lastly, one of New Zealand’s big export earners is tourism. This means there is a great many roles in some amazing places. Check them out! And stay tuned for more stuff from us especially about this sector.

Working International Expo is back next week!

Greetings, fellow navigators. It’s expo time again! If you’re in the UK, this is your chance to get face to face with employers from Australia, Canada and New Zealand, and advisors who’ll help you get there (along with your kids, your pet and your pension plan). We’ll be in:

 

London on the weekend of March 12 & 13

Glasgow on Wednesday, March 16

Manchester on the weekend of March 19 & 20

 

And if you’re anywhere else in the world, scroll down for an interesting situation involving a doctor, a small Kiwi town and $400,000 up for grabs.

But meanwhile, the expo: here’s the low down:

 

Employers

Imagine walking into a room that’s chock-full of employers looking to meet people, interview people and hire people. Our goal is to get people in the room and start up some conversations without the pressure or awkward anonymity that typically surrounds job applications. And if that takes a bit of starch out of the whole process, so much the better!

We’ll have employers from healthcare, teaching, IT, hospitality, trades, construction, and engineering. So if you move in those circles, you’ll make more – and better – contacts in the first hour of expo than you would in a month of CV wrangling (having said that, bring your CV! Someone will probably ask you for it).

 

Recruitment agents

In addition to employers, there’ll also be recruitment agents from Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Some of them are sector-specific, some of them are region-specific. All of them bring more opportunities to the table, and in more sectors. Fancy testing your animation chops in New Brunswick? Developing video games in Nova Scotia? Regardless of whether you’re a people person, a super geek or a financial wizard, you need to meet these people.

 

People to help with your visa

Getting a visa can be quite complicated, so dropping a couple of hundred on a licensed advisor who knows what they’re doing can save you countless hours of pain-inducing tail chasing, and it also improves your chances of visa success. You’ll find a select few at the Expo (including some of our very own from the Working In office), and you’ll have the chance to pick their brains about the visa you’ll need to do what you want.

 

Some other useful people

Once you’ve checked out the job and visa situations (maybe over a cuppa), you’ll want to shop around some of the other people who’ll be able to help to plant yourself in a new country. Firstly: money. It’s good to use a foreign exchange trader to help you convert your currency: some people stand to save, or lose, a lot. There’ll also be pension plan specialists who can help you figure out the best way to transfer your nest egg. And of course, leaving no-one behind, you’ll want to scope out the best way to transport your mutt or your mog from one side of the globe to the other. There are good folks to help with all of that.

 

So …

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Meanwhile, this just in from rural New Zealand:

A GP with his own practice in the small, forestry town of Tokoroa is struggling to find someone to share his burgeoning workload. Eventually, he took the role away from his specialised medical recruiters, and advertised the role himself. The salary? A cool $400,000!

That’s a bit more than twice the average income of GPs in New Zealand, and roughly twice the average house price in south Waikato. Alternatively, you could get a fleet of four brand new Mercedes SLKs, and blow the change on a 5 star world trip. Plus, the deal comes bundled with a share in the practice.

So, what’s going on? In short, rural New Zealand is crying out for skilled, English speaking doctors. The same is true in Australia and Canada (where French speakers are also in demand). It’s true that the bustling township of Tokoroa, with its population of 12,000 people working mainly in forestry and farming, is not on the career wish-list of every young doctor.

But small towns everywhere offer two great things to all types of skilled worker. First is community. Regardless of what you do, working rurally puts you directly in touch with people. That means it can be as much about your personality as your skills. True, you need to be the type who’s comfortable bumping into clients and colleagues at the local store, the pub or the school football match.

The second benefit is more tangible: the New Zealand and Australian governments both allocate more visa points to applicants who commit to living in rural areas. That applies both to working visas and entrepreneurial visas. Some Canadian states also have programmes paving the way to the rural heartland.

So, for the right type of person (front page socialites and serious city slickers may wish to decline), it’s well worth looking into regional migration. The visa can be easier, the work can be more rewarding, and by all accounts the money ain’t bad, either.

Whether you’re attracted to tiny towns or the mighty metropolis, get in touch to explore the opportunities in

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Can I move to Canada? Yes you can!

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The lifestyle

Canada is a land of diversity. With two official languages, everything from road signs to cereal boxes talk to you in both English and French. Sure, we import a bit of American culture. But we also take a lot from our European history, from our keen sense of irony to our parliamentary democracy. With a flourishing new-migrant community and a proud Inuit culture, Canadians are both cosmopolitan and open minded; urban and outdoorsy.

With roughly the same area as the USA but only 10% of the American population, there is a lot of space to go round. And what space! This is a place with over 30,000 lakes! Add to that the mountains, oceans and and forests, and it’s little wonder that Canadians love the great outdoors, just as much as their famous film festivals and thriving cities. There aren’t many places in the world where you can spend the day at work, get in a few runs on a ski field, and then catch an evening show.

The work scene

Canada, like most countries, is still in recovery from the global credit over-run which peaked in 2010. However, there are good grounds for cautious optimism. Unemployment is hovering at about 7.2% – about the same as the OECD average, and the OECD predicts a reduction in unemployment over the next 12 months. In the year since January 2015, employment has increased by 0.7%, which is about 126,000 jobs. Long term unemployment is one of the lowest in the OECD.

Most new jobs in the last year have been in healthcare and social services (4%), which has been attributed to Canada’s ageing population. Professional, scientific and technical services grew by 2.9%., while jobs in financial services, insurance and real estate grew by 1.7%.

So, if variety is the spice of life, Canada must be the tastiest place on Earth. Click here to find out what it takes to come and work, play and live like a local.

 

Why Australia?

The lifestyle

It’s a vast country, but by far the greatest majority of us live near the sea. The biggest cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns are all coastal, and – from the Gold Coast to the West Coast, there are miles and miles and miles of beaches, most of which you might call stunning. Australia without beaches would be a bit like England without pubs. No one would know what to do with themselves.

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The people here are a bit like the environment: energetic, colourful and slightly rebellious. In the high streets it’s not uncommon to see large, audacious print designs in boutique windows, or art with rich impasto, dripping with pigment on gallery walls. The blazing colour and boisterous rebellion also live on in movies like Mad Max, Crocodile Dundee, and Priscilla – Queen of the Desert; all of them loudly and proudly Aussie to the core.

But just because the weather gets hot and the people get boisterous, that doesn’t mean we’re short of culture. It’s called an opera house for a reason, after all!

The work scene

In 2015, over 215,000 new jobs were created and filled in Australia. That’s an expansion of almost 2% of the entire job market: not where it was in the heady days before 2010, but solid nonetheless. The good news is that this trend is expected to continue, with official estimates that employment will grow by 10% between now and 2019. That’s about 1.16 million jobs.

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And what sort of jobs are they? The top five employment categories are expected to be:

  • Health care & social assistance
  • Education & training
  • Construction
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Accommodation and food services

Hey, the climate’s awesome, there’s tons of energy, and there’s work for the right skill sets. Click here to find out what sort of visa you’ll need to work, play and live like an Aussie.

January: New Year Resolutions

Wish you were here!

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Another year, over and out. In New Zealand and Australia we’re all freshly back from the beach, while in Canada it’s been a more snowy, eggnoggy affair. It’s all good. The only thing missing is … you! What’s stopping you? 2016 can be your year to move.

Here are some tips to make your new life overseas come true.

  • Use our Working In job boards. They’ve got lots of jobs in many sectors, and every one of them has the welcome mat out for new migrants.
  • Use local recruitment agencies. If you find an agent that wants to put your name forward stick with them. They’ll be selling you whilst you’re fast asleep.
  • Engage a migration agent. They can be helpful especially if your occupation is in a ‘grey’ area (say if it’s not clearly identified on a Government list of skills in short supply).  Migration agents like ours can help you understand the best roles to apply for that make the most of your skills whilst fitting in with your destination country’s immigration requirements.
  • Research your preferred destination country, and build up a realistic image of what life will be like.
  • Focus on the goal and keep positive! Visa applications can require quite a bit of paperwork, so your determined attitude to see things through can be the deciding factor.

So, what’s stopping you? Here are some common challenges that we help people overcome every day:

I’ve got a visa, now I just need a job.

Congratulations! If you’ve gone through the hoops of getting a visa, then we’ve got employers lined up and ready to hire right now. Check out our Get in touch today for work in New Zealand, Australia or Canada. Or if you’re in the UK, come to one of our expos this March in London, Manchester and Glasgow. You’ll meet lots of employers from different countries, face to face. Literally hundreds of our expo attendees are now living happily overseas. You can join them!

I’ve sussed out the job, now I need a visa.

Good work! Now for the tough part: getting a work visa doesn’t happen overnight. Underestimating the visa application time is the most common reason for declined applications. The sad part is that most of those applicants would probably have got approved, if they hadn’t been in such a hurry! The visa application time varies, depending on about a gazillion variables. It might take a fortnight, a month or longer. Leaving the application to the last minute causes problems like job offers getting withdrawn, or errors in documentation, and then people get despondent. The Working In licensed immigration agents can help you get the timing right and maximise your chances of success.

So if you’ve already got a job offer, you need to get things moving. Get started now on your visa application for Australia , Canada and New Zealand.

My New Year’s resolution is to work abroad, but I’m not sure where to start.

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It’s quite understandable: moving your life from one side of the world to the other has never been high on the list of easy things to do. There are three things you need to do to make it happen.

  1. Check out countries that interest you (go wild, it’s only a web search). Then choose one. Here’s the skinny on our three favourites:
  2. Get started on your visa application. We can help you with that for New Zealand, Australia and Canada. LINK “Visa”
  3. Research the job market, and then get one. We can help with that, too: New Zealand, Australia or Canada.

And check out our migration expos if you’re in the UK to meet face to face with employers ready to hire in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

I want to do it, but I’m embarrassed about my past or my health.

The very fact that you’re even considering life in a new country means you’re probably doing something right. Every day at Working In we hear extraordinary stories about our clients’ lives. We promise every client 100% total discretion (which is a condition of our licence to operate as immigration advisors). And to be frank, we stopped getting shocked or embarrassed years ago. The more you tell us, the more accurately we can predict whether or not your application will work out. You can trust us to do right by you.

I’m ready to take the plunge, only, it’s kind of a hassle.

Lift up your finger. Easy does it. That’s good. Now open one of the following links:  Australia , Canada and New Zealand.

You will be connected with a team of licensed immigration advisors, dedicated to helping people do exactly what you are trying to do right now. It’s all our immigration consultants do, all day, every day. They’ll help you with all the hard parts, so they’re no longer hard. They’ll tell you which visa you should apply for, and whether you’re likely to get it approved, and what you have to do to get it. If there are any obstacles, they’ll know exactly how to overcome them. Working with a licensed advisor, you’ll be more likely to get your visa approved, and get it faster.

I’m out of excuses.

If you’ve got a taste for adventure, if you love different cultures and lifestyles, or if you enjoy your job and yearn for a change of scenery, what are you waiting for? Make 2016 the year of exploration! With the team at Working In behind you, you’ll be well prepared for the entire process, from the job search to the visa application and beyond. So, make 2016 your year of change, right now for moving to New Zealand, Australia or Canada.

Summering and mummering 

Christmas: summering and mummering in Canada, Australia and New Zealand

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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2015

It’s been quite a year for immigration. While the global spotlight was elsewhere, The Economist declared Melbourne the world’s most liveable city. You’ve got to hand it to them: four Australian cities made it into the top 10. Canada also did well, with three in the top 10, and in New Zealand, Auckland made the list at number 9, just ahead of Helsinki. But now, Christmas approaches. If you’re lucky enough to be in Canada, Australia or New Zealand over the holidays, here’s a guide to help you track down the treats in the silly season.

Canada

If you think you know what a white Christmas is all about, try Christmas in Canada. Here, you can tell any children in your life that they’re right next door to Santa’s place. Naughty or nice, makes no difference: no country is closer to the North Pole. And that pretty much guarantees that there’ll be plenty of white stuff to go around. mummer And don’t think for a moment that it’s all about snow shoes and eggnog. Well, it can be if you want. But there are also plenty of winter festivals, from Newfoundland’s Snow West to Quebec’s winter carnival, you can go dog sledding by day, partying at night. One of the great Canadian winter experiences is to skate the 7.8 km Rideau Canal, the world’s largest skating rink and the picturesque centrepiece of Ottawa’s Winterlude festival.

And … mummering! It’s a Newfoundland thing and it works like this. Dress up in funny costumes. Make sure you obscure the face, totally, and it’s good to include quite a bit of padding, so you’re really, really hard to identify. Drag is good. Then you go round to your friends’ place, knock on their door, and announce: “Are mummers ‘loud in?” Once you’re ‘’loud in’, things can get a bit loose, as your host is obliged to figure out who you are, while you’re allowed to talk funny, including the use of talking while inhaling (good luck with that), and they’re allowed to prod you to get a feel for your physique. What could possibly go wrong? Then you do a bit of a song and dance number, eat, drink and move on.

Australia and New Zealand

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In case you’ve never been to the southern hemisphere, you need to know that Christmas here is a summertime affair. So do summery stuff! Play beach cricket, drink lager, get a tan, wear flip flops (which Kiwis call ‘jandals’ and Aussies, to their shame, call ‘thongs’).

Many households ignore the weather completely, and go for the full mid­winter style of Christmas feast: roast turkey, fruit pudding, brandy butter, the works. It’s all good, but consuming calories by the thousand in 40°C can be tough, even for the most seasoned glutton.

As a result, increasing numbers of Australians and New Zealanders are leaving the dining room for the beach, the table for the barbecue, and roast veggies for vibrant salads. New Zealanders and Australians both like to lay claim to the invention of the Pavlova dessert, a fruit­ smothered meringue named after the famous Russian ballerina, and it’s a never ending smash hit in both countries, whatever the weather, especially at Christmas.

The antipodes also have a range of local Christmas trees. In Australia, the colloquially named Christmas bush, tree fern and Christmas bells all have stunning, natural Christmassy appearances. And in New Zealand, the pohutukawa has frosty­ white new growth and a vibrant red bloom coming right on cue in December. The fact that its natural habitat is the beach doesn’t hurt, and kids love climbing them. Just remember it’s a tree, and it’s protected, so don’t try and uproot it for your sitting room: not going to happen.

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If you’re in Sydney, the big news on Boxing Day is the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race, where hundreds of yachts ­ big and small, new and old, ­ take to the sea in a cloud of colour. Both countries have a thriving summer music festival scene, with the St Jerome Laneway festival in all Australian states and Auckland, plus a host of local one, two and three day festivals in both countries.

So, whether you’re summering in the antipodes or mummering in Newfoundland, the new worlds of Canada, Australia and New Zealand all have distinct ways of making the festive season their own. Look closely, and you’ll find it’s the perfect opportunity to get a strong dose of local culture in its purest form.

Merry Christmas everyone, from the team at Working­In.

Or, as they say in:

Inuit: Quvianagli Anaiyyuniqpaliqsi!

Maori: Meri kirihimete!

Bondi beach: On yer mate

New Zealand’s Welcome Mat for New Migrants

On 1  November 2015, a new policy came into place to attract new migrants to take up jobs in regional New Zealand.

‘Regional New Zealand’ means any place outside of the area covered by the Auckland Council (if you know Auckland, that means south of the Bombay Hills; and north just past Warkworth).

Additional Bonus Points

The new measure boosts the bonus points for skilled migrants applying for residence with a job offer outside Auckland – from 10 to 30 points.

And if you are applying under the business categories the points are doubled for entrepreneurs planning to set up businesses in the regions under the Entrepreneur Work Visa from 20 to 40 points.

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Why is New Zealand trying to attract people to locations outside of Auckland?

NZ’s Prime Minister says almost half of the 10,000 skilled migrants (and their families) who get residence each year move to the financial capital.

On the new policy, he says that “we want to balance that out a bit, by attracting more people into other parts of the country to help grow local economies”.

Migrants with offers for jobs in the regions will get extra points that will count towards the 100 they require to apply for residence.

However, they will need to commit to a region for at least 12 months – up from the current requirement of three months.

Business Opportunities

Mr Key has also unveiled changes to encourage entrepreneurs wanting to come to New Zealand to look for business opportunities in the regions. He said these changes will help spread the benefits of migration across the country – particularly in regions that are in greater need for workers, skills and investment.

 

NZ’s Immigration Changes – The Facts

For migrants:

  • Skilled migrants must reach a 100 point threshold to apply for residence – certain skills, industries, job offers and qualifications have a higher number of points attached to them
  • The bonus points for a job offer outside Auckland will increase from 10 to 30, therefore making it easier for them to apply
  • They will need to commit to a region for at least 12 months – up from the current three month requirement

Entrepreneurs:

  • An entrepreneur work visa was launched by the government last year to attract migrants who offer high-level business experience, capital and international connections
  • The extra points they get for setting up a business outside Auckland will double – from 20 to 40
  • Immigration New Zealand expects to approve up to 200 people in 2016 under the entrepreneur visa category

 

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Our view is that there are many fantastic,  challenging work opportunities in New Zealand – and the other main centres of Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, Tauranga and New Plymouth have a lot to offer.

Have a look in the jobs section of our Working In New Zealand website, to find something that suits you – or Like our Facebook page to keep up-to-date on New Zealand immigration and employment news.

 

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Immigration news round-up – August 2015

This month has seen the release of interesting findings from Canada’s new Express Entry visa system, and the launch of three new exciting provincial visa streams in Canada.

There’s also news of incentives for would-be Kiwis who are willing to live and work in areas outside of Auckland. Find out how to get your skills assessed in Australia; know your rights on an Australian Working Holiday visa; and beware a phishing scam in New Zealand.

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Assessing Authorities

With some visa applications, you’ll be required to prove that your international skills are transferable and relevant to Australia. To do this, you will need a skills assessment undertaken by an authorised organisation. You’ll need to contact them direct and they can provide you with all the relevant forms and information. You may need to pay to have your skills assessed.

View the assessing authorities in Australia.

Being treated fairly on a Working Holiday Visa

Australia offers Working Holiday visa schemes to many countries, including the UK, Europe and China, giving young people (aged 18-30) the opportunity to travel, work and enjoy Australia.

However two Dutch backpackers are taking their Working Holiday employer to court and suing them for unpaid wages. They undertook the unusual job of golf-ball diving (that’s recovering thousands of lost golf balls from golf course lakes and water features) and are claiming that they weren’t paid fairly for their work.

It’s a good reminder to make sure you fully understand the rules and regulations around Australia’s Working Holiday visa and your rights.

Read more about the backpackers’ experience.

Canada

Express Entry report released

Following the launch of Canada’s Express Entry system in January 2015, Citizenship & Immigration Canada has released a report of key findings from its first six months.

These findings include:

  • The pool is growing by about 1,500 persons/profiles per week.
  • The number of profiles completed was 112,701, with 48,723 (that’s roughly 43%) of these not eligible.
  • The most dominant countries of citizenship of invited candidates are India and the Philippines, which each supplied around one-fifth of those invited to apply.

Through the first 11 draws:

  • 4% of those invited to apply did not have a qualifying job offer or enhanced provincial nomination certificate.
  • 65% had a qualifying job offer.
  • 4% had an enhanced provincial nomination certificate.

However, not including the first four draws (because at that stage only applicants with a score above 600 were invited to apply before this threshold was lowered:

  • 41% of those invited to apply did not have a qualifying job offer or an enhanced provincial nomination certificate.

The majority of candidates selected in the sixth (March 27), eighth (April 17) and eleventh (June 27) draws had neither a qualifying job offer nor a provincial nomination certificate.

See the official data from Citizenship & Immigration Canada.

All of this is great news for people looking to apply for a Canadian visa as the requirements are becoming slightly less restrictive.

British Columbia launches new entrepreneur program

British Columbia has recently launched a new visa program aimed specifically at experienced business people and entrepreneurs. Successful applicants will be awarded a work permit. Then, if their business is commercially viable and provides significant benefits to the local economy, they (and their families) will be able to apply for permanent residency through the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP).

Like other Canadian visa programs, this one will work by you entering a pool of candidates with the aim of getting as many points as possible, out of a maximum 200. Only 200 candidates are accepted into the pool each month. BC PNP will then invite the highest-scoring candidates to submit visa applications.

Requirements for this program include factors such as:

  • Business and/or work experience
  • Personal net worth and source of funds
  • Adaptability
  • Business proposal, including proposal investment and local job creation

Find out more about the BC PNP.

Ontario opens two new immigration streams

Ontario is the most sought-after province by would-be Canadians and it’s just opened two new immigration schemes that are aligned with the Express Entry system:

  1. The Human Capital Priorities stream; and
  2. The French-speaking Skilled Worker stream

Find out more about the streams and whether you’re eligible – Human Capital Priorities stream or French-speaking Skilled Worker stream.

New Zealand

Incentive to move to New Zealand’s provincial centres

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, and home to thousands of newly landed skills – and now New Zealand wants to encourage people to look beyond Auckland if they’re making the move.

Effective from November 2015, skilled migrants will have bonus points trebled if they apply for residence with a job offer not from Auckland – although you will have to stay in that region for 12 months, rather than three. If you’re starting a business in the provinces, you’ll have your Entrepreneur Work Visa points doubled.

This means it could be easier and quicker for you to move to New Zealand, as long as you’re willing to live and work outside Auckland.

Scam Immigration NZ website warning

A fake website has been set up that is trying to trick people in providing their passport details. The official Immigration NZ website is www.immigration.govt.nz and the fake one is http://www.immigration-govt.nz.

Beware of this site if you’re searching for the Immigration NZ website.

Read more about the scam. 

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A Success Story – The Fraenkel Family

The Fraenkel Family moved to New Zealand from South Africa, with the assistance of one of our resident Immigration Advisers, Caren…

“Moving is a pretty stressful experience and it’s even more scary when moving to a new country. BUT with great assistance…..it makes a huge difference!

We originally lived in South Africa before making our move to beautiful ‘Kiwiland’ in early 2012.  My family and I now live in the sunny, Northland town called Whangarei, about 2 hours North of Auckland.  We absolutely love it here!

The people are friendly and welcoming and the ‘laid back’ lifestyle is just AWESOME. The beaches are clean and beautiful and everything is so green.  Our kids have so much freedom to play, explore, learn and grow.   Most important of all, we feel safe.

Caren was more than just an Immigration Adviser to us.  She was our first point of contact when we decided to make our dream a reality.  She went out of her way to get answers to questions we had.  She was also the one person that kept us positive when we thought we would never achieve our goal.  Caren literally bent over backwards to help make our move as easy as possible and she kept in touch to see how we had settled even after arriving in New Zealand.

We would definitely recommend Caren Donald as an Immigration Adviser to anyone serious about moving ‘Down Under’.

Thank you Working In,
The Fraenkel Family”

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The Top 10 Best Reasons to Move to Australia (the June 2015 list)

Last week we posted some fantastic reasons why you should definitely move to New Zealand.  But if you have your heart set on moving to Australia, you’re in luck because we have written a Top 10 list for Australia as well!

So here’s our Top 10 Best Reasons to Move to Australia list – compiled by the staff here at Working In, especially for this blog.

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Reason #1 – Employment Prospects

Australia has good job prospects, over most industries.  Here’s a great place to start searching for your new job Down Under:  http://www.workingin-australia.com/jobs 

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Reason #2 – Lifestyle

People living in Australia generally have a good work/life balance – that means more time for yourself, and more time with your family.  T

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generic beach AU Reason #3 – Climate

Australia’s climate has to be one of the best in the world.  Queensland is known as The Sunshine State because of its approx. 300 days of sunshine per year.

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multicultural australia Reason #4 – Society

You’ll find Australia is one of the most multicultural nations on Earth.

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Reason #5 – Nature

You can be close to water, the city and the bush in nearly every inhabited location in the country.

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Xmas AU Reason #6 – Opposite Seasons

You get to have Christmas on the Beach!  You don’t need snow to have Christmas .. it can be just as magical in the sunshine.

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Reason #7 – Culture

Has some of the best slang words ever invented. Do you know what Ankle Biter, Rip Snorter, or Bunyip mean?*

(Don’t worry, we’ve given you the answers at the end of the blog post)

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melb Reason #8 – And more culture!

The food, wine and coffee are some of the best in the world. Australians really take pride in these – check out The Coffee Experience in Sydney this September, or why not take a Self-Guided Tour of the Barossa Valley?

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adventure collage 2Reason #9 – There are things to do

There are so many things to do in Australia – whether you like relaxing, adventure, or family fun, there’s something for everyone.

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Reason #10 – Because you have always wanted to live and work in Australia..

..and why shouldn’t you?

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We hope our list helps you with your decision to move to Australia.

There will never be a ‘right time’ to move country, so don’t spend your life waiting for that moment to come along. Make it happen for yourself!

All the best,

Working In Team

* Wondering what those words mean?  Child / something fantastic / a mythical Outback creature

Royal visit sparks tourism boom

Royals visit Australia - leading to a tourism boom
The recent visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Australia has sparked a spike in tourism to the country. The highly-publicised visit in April with baby George in tow has created a boom in web traffic to tourism sites, and a massive increase in interest from British travellers. William and Kate embarked on a whirlwind 10-day tour of the country, showcasing some of Australia’s most famous attractions.

The huge international exposure has resulted in a massive rise in enquiries to various tourism websites, and exposure from the royal couple’s visit has been priceless, and already paying dividends, with visits from US and UK visitors already climbing higher than what they have ever been in the last 10 years. Even since the Royals returned to Britain, demand for holidays and tickets to Australia remain high.

Australia is a top migration for the British. We look forward to leaving the grim, rainy weather of Britain behind and taking in the Australian sunshine.

You can read more about making the move to Australia via our website. You’ll find an entire raft of information, including visas, jobs lists, facts and figures about the Australian way of life, and much more. To go a step further, why not attend one of our Expos, held in London, Dublin and Manchester in September? At the Expos, you’ll meet prospective employers, immigration advisers and other experts face-to-face, gaining vital information about job opportunities in Australia.

Federal Government backs migrants following budget

The Australian Government has released visa figures following the country’s recent Budget announcement. The number of visas granted to overseas workers remains fairly stable, with the 200,000 granted so far in keeping with the figures of last year. The percentage of skilled migration visas remains steady at 67.7%, with family visas following a similar trait at 32%. Within the skilled migration streams, 1,000 places have been reallocated from the skilled independent stream to the employer-sponsored categories. State and territory nominated numbers remain unchanged, and business visa numbers also remain at the same level as they were in 2013.

Overall, the figures show that the Federal Government continues to back skilled migrants, reflected in the fact that levels continue to remain steady and not drop away, as has been the case in other countries that operate similar schemes.

The New Zealand economy’s wheels are spinning

The New Zealand economy’s wheels are spinning after more than 113,000 new vehicles were registered last year, the highest number in nearly 30 years. The NZ Motor Industry Association statistics showed a fourth consecutive record-breaking month of new highest December passenger car sales since 1976. In total the new vehicle market raced away to 113,294 registrations in 2013, the highest since 1984.

On that note, the steady stream of skilled, professional migrants continues to flow into New Zealand – move-ready people from the UK and Ireland in particular have named New Zealand as their leading destination of choice. Industries that have proved most popular for migrant workers in New Zealand include construction, IT, and healthcare.

Though New Zealand’s primary job sectors for migrant workers are in those categories, the updated Skills In Demand List remains an important document for people looking to move to the country. It is now live on http://www.workingin-newzealand.com/ for your perusal. If you find your chosen profession on the list, it could make your pathway to New Zealand that little bit easier, so contact us to obtain your visa.

Finally, for this month, our next round of Working International Expos has been scheduled for September. We will be showcasing in London, Dublin and Manchester, and special, discounted Early Bird tickets are now available.

NZ Engineering & Construction Jobs Pavilion

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So you’re skilled and experienced in the engineering or building sector? Then you’re in luck this March at our Overseas Opportunities Expos in Manchester, Dublin and London.

Working In have partnered with Immigration New Zealand to bring you the NZ Engineering & Construction Jobs Pavilion. This will be the largest group of NZ construction employers recruiting in the UK (change for Ireland) to fill thousands of vacancies including engineers (civil, structural, etc), construction managers, builders, project managers, quantity surveyors and many more sought after.

Due to Auckland residential and Christchurch rebuild needs, New Zealand will experience many years of unprecedented growth in the construction sector. If you’ve ever considered taking your skills overseas then now is the time.

More info to be posted closer to the event on our Working In events website. We’ll also be asking people with these skills who have purchased tickets to the event to submit their CVs prior to meeting employers at the expo. Buy your ticket today so you don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Top 10 Easter traditions from around the world

If you were hoping that Australia, Canada and New Zealand enjoyed some weird and wacky Easter traditions, sorry to disappoint… You’ll be bombarded with Easter eggs in the supermarket from the day after Christmas and will undoubtedly overdose on chocolate over the long weekend.

However, other countries around the world have some pretty fantastic ways of celebrating:

1. Czech Republic and Slovakia: women and girls are whipped with decorated instruments by men and boys in a ritual designed to encourage good health and beauty. Hm.

2. Poland and Russia: they show off their knife skills by crafting butter into the shape of a lamb which accompanies their Easter meal.

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3. Germany: the Germans like to celebrate the coming of a new season by burning the remnants of the winter season – they pile the remainders of their Christmas trees and burn them.

4. Australia: ok, we lied, Australia has one quirky Easter tradition – the chocolate Bilby. Not only is it impossibly cute and different, it contributes to the Save the Bilby fund to raise awareness of their dwindling numbers.

Chocolate_bilby 5. Switzerland: not content with just eating the delicious chocolate version, the Swiss like to decorate their fountains with flowers, ribbons and eggs.

6. France: a very traditional celebration, the bells in France’s churches are silenced on Good Friday in recognition of Jesus’ death. The legend goes that actually these bells fly to Rome and then back again to be rung on Easter Sunday.

7. Orthodox and Catholic nations (some parts of Greece, Mexico, Portugal and Spain): an ancient Easter ritual, an effigy of Judas may be displayed and burnt.

8. Poland: apparently men are not allowed to make Easter bread because of a fear their moustache will go grey.

9. Finland: some children will dress up as witches and go searching for treats, which sounds a bit Halloween-like to us.

10. UK: another inventive use for an egg, in some parts of the UK, they like to roll their eggs down large hills.

Think we’re happy with the chocolate eating here in New Zealand.

Five ways to avoid the Blue Monday blues

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According to a British psychologist, the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year. Perhaps it’s the northern hemisphere’s wintry weather; the fact you’re not doing so well on your New Year’s resolutions; or you’ve got a stack of Christmas bills piling up.

Whatever the reason, here’s our list of five ways to cheer yourself up and beat the blue Monday blues without resorting to burying under the duvet until summer arrives again:

  1. Kick off your New Year’s resolution – assuming your resolution is to move, work and live overseas this year, start researching and planning your move. Think about where you’ll live, research suburbs, holidays, cost of living, the education system… there, that feels better already, doesn’t it? You’re doing something and making it happen. Result.
  2. Plan a holiday – shake off the blues by planning your next escape. You could even plan a trip to the country you’d love to move to this year, so not only is it a fantastic break away but it’s a research trip too.
  3. Search for a new job – new year, new challenge – new job? Make the job hunt even more productive by researching jobs in the country you fancy moving to.
  4. Inspire yourself – use everyone’s favourite internet search engine to gawp at gorgeous pictures of where you’re hoping to live. Feast your eyes on spectacular scenery and use that dreaminess to picture yourself there – it’ll fuel your desire to move, and your plan-making.
  5. Start a new hobby – get out of your January funk by throwing yourself into something new. Learning a language, some fancy new dance moves or knitting jumpers for cats. Whatever it is, it’s a great way to meet new people, flex your grey matter and may even help in your new home overseas!

How are you tackling the January blues?

Let us know your top tips!

Top 10 most broken New Year’s resolutions

Scrabble tiles spelling out Happy New YearAs January kicks in down here in the southern hemisphere, it means only one thing – summer. Yet for northern hemisphere-ites, the tree and tinsel is down yet winter is still firmly hanging around. So it makes sense for anyone hoping to work and live overseas to take advantage of the New Year and make a resolution to make the move.

Which brings us onto this post and a look at the most commonly broken New Year’s resolutions – now, you don’t want to see your work and live overseas resolution on here in a year’s time do you? If you recognise any of these, don’t worry – you’re clearly in good company.

  1. Get fit and lose weight
  2. Give up smoking
  3. Learn something new
  4. Eat healthier and diet
  5. Get out of debt and save money
  6. Spend more time with the family
  7. Travel to new places
  8. Stress less
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink less

If you need any motivation to stick to your New Year’s resolution, check out this quote by poet Edith Lovejoy Pierce:

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called ‘Opportunity’ and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Hopefully see you here in 2013 – get here by checking out an expo near you!

At the beach – be back when the sun goes down

It’s nearly Christmas! Charlotte, our Marketing Production Manager, takes a look at what that means for those of us in New Zealand:

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In case the rolling hay bale through your almost empty office wasn’t enough of a sign, here is a friendly reminder that it’s Christmas time! At Working In we are a number of beach dwellers, camping enthusiasts and adventure seekers so allow us to apologise in advance for our absence over the silly season… not only will we be out of the office until the 7th of January, but some of our staff will even be out of cell phone reception for the break.

Here are some stories of what we will be up to…

Nassim, one of our immigration advisors will be camping with the extended family. Not to be confused with ‘glamping’ (glamorous camping) Nassim thinks their adventure will be lacking in the pop up pantry and solar powered hair straightener to remind her of home comforts. Dawn from our accounts team will also be spending the time with her twins and husband miles away from anywhere she can be found.

Love is in the air with Jay, our web and e-communications coordinator, dining on the beach with his partner’s extended family and taking time in the New Year to move in to a new house. Sarah, our web and marketing writer, will be travelling with her husband – exploring the sites and sounds while campervan-ing in the South Island. And our newly wed Spaniard Pablo (business development manager) will be spending the break in Vanuatu with his wife – probably not getting a tan.

Amongst the Working In family we have a number of babies enjoying their first Christmas as well as children who are just learning to appreciate the meaning of the occasion and what it means when Santa arrives. We have families learning to horse ride, time being spent with grandparents (or avoiding them) and even some of the staff making the trip back to family overseas. Two of our New Zealand staff are already back in the UK for Christmas.

Those remaining in New Zealand will be enjoying what is promised to be a very beautiful summer with barbeques, a bit of back yard cricket, attempting to make pavlova, listening to horrible Christmas carols, fishing for delicious seafood and relaxing at numerous summer time festivals – this is all assuming the rain holds off – otherwise it looks like the X-box could be put to use.

Whether we are beaching, dining, swimming, skiing, hiking, reading or just plain relaxing, these Working Inners are outta here for a well deserved summer break!

So until we return… take a lesson from John Key, the New Zealand Prime Minister, and join in on the silly season antics.

Christmas wishes from the team at Working In – thanks for all your comments and questions in 2012, we’ll be back in 2013 and look forward to talking to you all then!

Working In will be closed from Monday 24 December –  Friday 4 January.

The team at Working In

The 14 days of Christmas

It’s Tuesday December 11th – that means it’s 14 days until Christmas and also the day we’re releasing our December enewsletters.

So we’ve felt a little bit inspired by the carol the 12 days of Christmas and have produced our own Working In Christmas carol.

Check out what we’ve been up to this year with this festive-inspired document!

Best bits of 2012

As 2012 draws to a close, it’s a great chance to look back over the year that was – what a busy and eventful year it was for the team at Working In!

January 2012

As our teams in the southern hemisphere enjoyed an extended sunny summery break, Alanah (one of our Business Development Managers) decided to have a truly wintery experience. She headed to Lake Louise, Canada for an incredibly snowy skiing spectacular!

February 2012

Splore Rox_FebRoxann (our Marketing Communications Manager) made the most of the summer months by heading to Splore festival, in one of Auckland’s regional parks, for a fantastic festival experience.

March 2012

Charlotte (our Marketing Production Manager) is well-known for her ridiculously active and generous, charitable nature. She proved this by taking part in the Oxfam Trailwalker – a 100KM walk/run in Taupo. Teams of four take part over the 36-hour long challenge. Not content with doing something brilliant for a good cause, Charlotte’s team (Tyrrell’s Trampers) also won 3rd fastest all girls team and a prize for single top fundraising effort.

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April 2012

Ok, we’ll admit it. No one can really remembered what happened in April – let’s assume we ate a lot of Easter eggs.

May 2012

As the weather heated up in the northern hemisphere, Alanah found her way back to Canada and had a memorable encounter with some local residents.

June 2012

As the middle of the year approached, the Working In team welcomed two new arrivals – Keri (our Marketing Production Manager), her husband and dog expanded their family with baby Summer while Kylie (our Marketing Manager)’s new little one, Charlotte, joined Ruby, husband Simon and the two family cats.

July 2012

July marked a pretty momentous occasion as we launched our brand new events website – Working In Events. It revolutionised the ticket buying process and allowed us the perfect stage to showcase our expos.

July also saw CEO Scott and Business Development Manager Bridget heading down to Christchurch, meeting a range of recruiters and local stakeholders to discuss the recruitment of the skilled professionals needed to rebuild Christchurch.

It gave Scott the opportunity to observe the beginning of the city’s rebuild, his thoughts from July include:

“It’s incredible how much of the inner city has gone and is getting ready for the rebuild. It’s hard on an iPhone to show how much damage is here. A lot of cranes down here and a lot of work to be done.”

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August 2012

Our Oz-based team moved into a frankly fantastic new office overlooking Sydney harbour – much to the jealously of the Auckland-based team.

The Auckland team made up for it by celebrating the Olympics – office-style. Each team took turns to present an Olympics-country themed morning tea and presentation, including quizzes and the very American beer pong…

Pablo, our Business Development Manager for Spain and Latin America, also celebrated a very special occasion in August – his wedding day!

September 2012

Hanna (Visa Delivery Manager) flew over to Sydney to take part in the marathon, achieving an incredibly impressive four hours and eight minutes.

Embracing the active spirit, Alanah met up with Brendan (Business Development Manager) in Vancouver where they undertook an epic cycle trip around the city.

October 2012

Anika & Morgan_Cathy_OctoberOctober heralded the arrival of not one, but two babies. Cathy (Business Development Manager) and her family welcomed twins Anika and Morgan.

In keeping with the new theme, we launched a new look Australian newsletter (with Canada and New Zealand following in December).

November 2012

As spring kicked in down under, our Visa team arranged a BBQ for their clients who they helped to secure visas for. It was a great opportunity for them to enjoy an uniquely Kiwi experience – an afternoon on the beach.

We also held our first ever Dublin expo that was a fantastic success, with Ireland’s national broadcaster even coming along to film.

The final new arrival of the year was welcomed – Business Development Manager Bridget and her husband said hello to baby John.

December 2012

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As we look forward to an exciting expo season in 2013, we finished up 2012 with our Christmas celebration. The Auckland team headed to Waiheke Island to sample the local goods (i.e. wine) and enjoy some laser clay pigeon shooting and archery.

Your best bits

Let us know what you enjoyed most about 2012.

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