Google ‘what’s New Zealand best in the world at’ and guaranteed you’ll find the national rugby team, the All Blacks, up there. Although rightly proud of their sporting prowess on the global stage, New Zealand is world beating in other ways too.
The world’s most free country
What does it mean to be free? Well for starters, to enjoy freedom of expression and belief, as well as tolerance of immigrants and minorities. In the Legatum Prosperity Index, New Zealand has topped the personal freedom category. This suggests that New Zealanders feel safe, respected and able to explore their opinions and beliefs without persecution.
An annual ranking of 142 countries, the index ranks countries on a range of factors, including wealth, economic growth and quality of life. However, it doesn’t just look at economic indicators (like a country’s income), it also looks at people’s well-being – making it unique. It’s the only global measurement of prosperity based on both income and wellbeing.
See how well New Zealand fared on other factors too.
Best experience for expats
Global bank HSBC has just released the results of their Expat Explorer Survey. Surveying the opinions and experiences of expats (so the people who have actually done what you’re hoping to do), it’s a fascinating look into what it’s really like to move, live and work internationally.
Although New Zealand actually came in at number two (behind Singapore at number one) overall of the world’s best countries for expats, it still topped a number of the charts.
Key wins for New Zealand include:
- Number one for entrepreneurship – great news for anyone hoping to set up a business in NZ.
- Number one for overall experience with number one rankings in quality of life, finance and healthcare.
- Number one for quality of life, health and integration under the family category – reassuring if you’re taking your family with you to NZ.
Look at how New Zealand compares to other countries for expats – it’s definitely one of the best.
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On 1 January 2015, Canada launched its most exciting immigration overhaul yet – Express Entry. A smarter and more streamlined process, it aims to get the skills and experience Canada needs into the country quicker than before.
If you’re one of 347 eligible occupations and meet certain criteria, you could successfully move, live and work in Canada and start living the Canadian dream.
Are you eligible for Express Entry?
To be able to apply for Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker program, you need to use Express Entry. To be eligible for Express Entry you must meet all of the below criteria:
- Your occupation is on the eligible occupation list (see below) and have one year of continuous full-time paid work experience or the equivalent in part-time continuous employment within the past 10 years;
- Your work experience must be classified by Canada’s National Occupational Classification system as Skill Type 0 (Managerial Occupations), Skill Level A (Professional Occupation) or Skill Level B (Technical Occupations and Skilled Trades);
- You must score sufficient points under the skilled worker point grid that has six selection factors including language skills, education, age, and work experience. The current pass mark is 67 out of 100;
- You must undergo language testing to prove your English or French language skills;
- You must have enough funds to allow you to settle in Canada;
- You must successfully pass a background security check and medical exam.
How Express Entry Works
If you’re interested in applying for Express Entry, here’s how the process works:
- Fill out an online profile that includes details of your language test scores and work experience. There is no charge to do this.
- Your application then goes into a pool with other applicants where you’ll be ranked against other applicants. You can remain in the pool for up to one year. If after a year you haven’t been invited to apply, your application will expire.
- If you’re a top candidate, you will receive an invitation to apply.
- If you’re invited to apply, you can apply online for permanent residency.
The current processing time is six months or less.
Before you apply for Express Entry, you need to make sure that your occupation is on the eligible occupation list. There are 347 occupations on this list – for the full list, check out our separate blog entry.
Where to go for Help
To help you through the Express Entry process, there are places you can go:
You can also start your job search today, for jobs located in Canada – good luck!
Whether it’s calling one of the world’s most liveable cities home (hello Melbourne), exploring some of the most famous skylines (hi Sydney) or losing yourself (not literally we hope) in the stunning job opportunities in the outback, Australia offers a lot to potential new Aussies.
If you’ve got the skills and experience Australia needs then you could be moving, living, working and playing there soon. See if your skills are in demand in Australia.
About the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
The SOL is updated regularly to reflect the changing needs of Australia. You need to nominate an occupation on the SOL if you’re applying for:
- Independent points-based skilled migration and you’re not nominated by a state or territory government agency – this is SkillSelect
- A Family Sponsored Points Tested visa
- A Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) – Graduate Work stream
SkillSelect is how Australia chooses which applicants to invite to apply for a visa. To apply you submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) online. You’ll then go into a pool of other applicants where you’ll be ranked on things like your work experience, skills, age and language abilities.
Depending on your ranking in the pool of applicants, you may then be invited to apply for a visa.
Find out more about SkillSelect.
The skills on the SOL
There are currently 191 occupations on the SOL. If you need a skills assessment as part of your visa application, you need to contact the assessing authority directly to get this. They will provide all the necessary forms and information you need and there will be a cost for this.
View the SOL, along with details of the relevant assessing authorities.
The Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL)
If you’re applying for a visa under these programs:
- Points-based skilled migration and you’re nominated by a state or territory government agency under a State Migration Plan
- The Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS), and you’ve been nominated by an Australian employer to fill a position in an occupation that appears in the CSOL
- The Temporary Work (Skilled) visa – subclass 457
- The Training and Research visa (subclass 402)
You need to find your occupation on the CSOL, not the SOL.
View the current CSOL.
Get help with your Australian visa
To help you through the Australian visa process, you can:
You can also start searching for your new job today – good luck!