A recent survey revealed that Kiwis were the happiest and among the most productive workers in the world, with 74% reporting having a good work life balance. New Zealand is known world over for its work-life balance. In a survey conducted by HSBC in 2017, the land of the Kiwis was ranked the third most popular place on Earth for expats to live and work. Added to this, numbers have revealed that the job market in New Zealand, has been strong over recent years, driven by firm economic growth of around 3% annually, making it one of the most preferred destinations for immigration.

 

The recent reforms to the New Zealand immigration policy also encourage migration in sectors facing skill shortages and to encourage permanent migration of highly skilled work force. Demand for ‘highly skilled’ workers is expected to grow faster than overall jobs over the next three years. Some of the highly skilled occupations expected to witness fast growth include business and system analysts and programmers; ICT managers; architects, planners and surveyors; advertising, public relations, sales managers; and legal professionals.

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There are a range of visas that allow individuals to live and work in New Zealand permanently. Some of the visa categories are Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa, Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa and Entrepreneur Work Visa among others. Under the long term skill shortage list work visa, if an individual has the required qualifications, skillset and experience required for an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and has an offer of employment in that occupation, then they may be eligible for this visa. If a person has been working in New Zealand for more than 2 years while holding a Long Term Skill Shortage Work Visa, then he/she may be eligible for the resident visa. The Entrepreneur Work Visa is for experienced business people who want to work in their own business in New Zealand.

New Zealand is truly an amazing country. The people are friendly, the climate is pleasant and the lifestyle is unbeatable. Set within a picturesque landscape, New Zealand offers it’s residents a perfectly balanced lifestyle. It is a secure and peaceful environment for families, offers great career opportunities and the possibilities for exploration and travel.These multitudes of reasons make it one of the top choices for immigration.

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