New Zealand (or Aotearoa – land of the long white cloud), truly is one of the most picturesque and photogenic places on earth. A small island nation of just over 4.5 million people, New Zealand is made up of two major land masses (North Island and South Island) and a number of smaller islands including Stewart Island located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
New Zealand is located approximately 1,500km east of Australia and about 1,000km from the Pacific Islands. Due to its relative remoteness and being water locked, New Zealand was one of the last countries to be found and settled.
If you’re interested in a migrating to New Zealand, the country has an excellent skilled worker program that requires a skilled visa for New Zealand for those who wish to settle here.
The program requires that you are able to show that you qualify for a skilled visa. New Zealand asks that you can show that you are under the age of 55, that you have excellent work experience, training and education and that you’re fluent in English.
The New Zealand skilled visa program has a list of occupations that are eligible for the skilled visa program. In order to obtain a placement or to be granted a skilled migrant visa, New Zealand requires that you accrue points. The points are based on your age, your work history, your trade, your ability to speak English fluently. You can get additional points if you have a family currently in New Zealand or if you have completed a full time course in any New Zealand Universities.