I thinking of moving with my partner to either Australia or New Zealand, love both. I run my own web site and she is a primary school teacher. My questions are.
Which is easier to get into Australia or New Zealand
Should I do it myself or should I use an agent, any recommendations?
Both have similar requirements inasmuch as you need to be skilled or have enough points to gain residential entry. Your timing is good as NZ has about 3% unemployment and Australia slightly higher. There is a massive skills shortage in both countries. Australia needs about 140,000 skilled migrants next year alone.
I know all of this because I work in the Working Holiday Visa market as an independent consultant [But i'm not trying to sell you anything]. If you want research your options go to www.dimia.gov.au. This is the entry point for immigration to Australia. NZ is www.immigration.govt.nz. I'm a New Zealander living in Oz and have passports for both countries so know a thing or two about both countries. I recommend you trawl through the sites; focus on skills entry and first establish under which category you think best suits you and your partner. If you have any questions email me via TP and I will do my best to answer them for you.
Neither country is harder than the other to migrate to. The good thing is once you get into one you can work in the other. A good migration agent will of course cut through a lot of the clutter for you. Make sure you get two or three quotes first. And always ask to check their license number. If you are unsure you can go to www.themara.com.au. This is the licensing body for migration agents in Australia. Hope this helps
When you say "The good thing is once you get into one you can work in the other"...do you mean that you only need to apply for a visa for either country but you can work in both? If this is so, this is great news because I was considering applying for both visas....
That's only when you've actually migrated there - not for a working holiday visa unfortunately.
Thanks Sander, yes that was a bit vague. You have to have permanent residency and be eligible for an Australian passport to work freely in NZ.
Lol! Not vague at all Majito, now that I read the word MIGRATION glaringly obvious in the title of the thread!
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