There are so many great reasons why people choose New Zealand as a place to live however relocating to any new country is a huge commitment and can be an expensive process. To ensure that your move goes smoothly it is important that you do your research. Taking into consideration things such as the cost of living, weather, education, job opportunities and the kiwi culture help to make the transition as easy as possible.
Someone who has been through the whole immigration experience herself is Barbara Furci. Barbara moved to New Zealand with her family 8 years ago from Texas in the US. She now calls New Zealand home and despite the challenges of relocating her whole family, her only regret was not making the move earlier. Barbara has put all the knowledge that she learnt throughout the process into a handy New Zealand immigration guide so that she can help others by sharing her experiences. You can visit Barbara’s website at www.nzimmigrationguide.co.nz for further information. For professional assistance with New Zealand visas and how to find out what is involved in getting New Zealand residency contact Easy Visa, your licensed New Zealand immigration adviser at www.easyvisa.co.nz
Lake Wanaka is home to one of the most photographed trees in New Zealand. On the shores of the lake set against the backdrop of the Southern Alps a single willow tree grows and has proven itself hugely popular with visitors to the town. The tree even features in our homepage banner image on our website at www.easyvisa.co.nz
Photographer Tom Hall took his own photograph of Wanaka's famous lone tree which has had the honour of being selected as the second best photo of 2016 on the popular photo sharing website Flikr. Congratulations Tom!
Go to the Flikr website to see the image that Tom captured to gain this accolade: http://blog.flickr.net/en/2016/12/06/top-flickr-photos-from-2016/
Happy New Year! and what a year 2016 has been. New Zealand continues to be a popular country for people looking to live in search of a high quality of life with migration hitting new records last year.
A strong New Zealand economy is continuing to provide immigrants with plenty of opportunities with unemployment for the third quarter of 2016 falling to its lowest since 2008 . Events throughout the world last year have also had a big impact with the recent Brexit leading to uncertainty over the future implications for the future of Britain and then the election of Donald Trump dividing the US. The immediate effect of these events was felt by New Zealand immigration, with visa and residency enquires from these countries increasing dramatically.
For 2017 the high levels of migration show no immediate sign of slowing, however changes at the end of 2016 to the immigration policy did see the bar moved higher requiring applicants under the skilled migrant category to achieve 160 points instead of the previous 100-140. The aim of this change is to prioritise access for higher-skilled migrants. Ensuring future migration is controlled in a manner that benefits New Zealand is going to be crucial and could mean further changes coming in the year ahead so watch this space.
To plan your future and achieve your visa goals contact Easy Visa today.
From the team at Easy Visa, we wish everyone a prosperous and happy year ahead!