Future of migration to a Destination-Nation

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The future looked bright yesterday.

Yesterday, metaphorically.

Yesterday, the New Zealand government was bragging about being the country of choice, the ultimate destination for immigrants, because New Zealand offers:

Balanced lifestyle. For the record, New Zealand was ranked sixth in the world for work-life balance in HSBC’s 2017 Expat Explorer survey.

Peace of mind. International surveys as one of the most peaceful and least corrupt countries in the world, referring to the Global Peace Index 2017.

Friendly and family. The second most sought-after place in the world for families, according to HSBC’s 2017 Expat Explorer survey.

Clean and beautiful. Nearly 22,000 expats surveyed in HSBC’s 2015 Expat Explorer survey ranked New Zealand first in the world for its overall ‘experience’.

It was yesterday. Note that these factors were assessed in 2015 and 2017.

Yesterday was before the World Health Organization declared a pandemic.

Yesterday New Zealand was the poster nation for other countries to follow on how to be Covid-19 free.

For much of the past two years, Covid-19 was a phantom threat as New Zealand closed its borders to international travelers since March 2020 – even to its own citizens and permanent residents, including workers and students with existing visas.

The day after yesterday (circa April 2021), Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave in to protests from Kiwis abroad who demanded to return home.

Ardern said New Zealand’s border restrictions would be eased from early next year, allowing vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries to enter without having to quarantine. The country’s borders have been closed to almost all foreign travelers since March 2020.

The day after yesterday, the Omicron variant entered with the return of Kiwis and international travellers. Despite the mandatory quarantine, New Zealand is now shaking under the pressure of a major outbreak.

The week before last, the country reported 23,194 new cases. Cases fell to 14,212 on Saturday last week, with 118,585 active cases in the community and 252 at the border.

What about applicants for immigration?

New Zealand offers a direct route to permanent residence for people inside and outside the country. Candidates submit their Expressions of Interest (EOI) if they score a minimum of 100 points based on their age, qualifications, qualified work experience, job offer and additional points for the offer spouse’s employment and university degrees.

New Zealand selects skilled skilled migrants with Expressions of Interest from the pool. The last selection was made the day before yesterday.

The day before yesterday was March 18, 2020, yes — two years ago, thanks to the closing of the borders.

Today, it is not impossible to obtain the minimum of 100 points. But realistically, the most viable route for a potential migrant to permanent residency is through the option of study and then work until residency.

The processing of offshore visa applications has been suspended due to the 2020 Covid-19 border restriction.

In this last draw of 2020, the lowest score of the selected candidates was 160. Of the 684 selected, all but one of the 569 were already in New Zealand with job offers. There were only 115 foreign applicants, 47 of them with job offers.

This year, to improve the chances of being selected for residency, an applicant must be 1) already ashore or 2) working in a priority profession for selection in New Zealand, i.e. medical personnel or those on the published “rare list”:

Professions on the long-term skills shortage list.

Personal caregivers and other essential health workers.

Primary sector roles (see list here – https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/already-have-a-visa/one-off-residence-visa/2021-resident-visa- scarce-lists/rarity-list-2014-primary-sector-non-seasonal-roles

Those who require professional registration and in the health or education sector.

While application processing for applicants outside New Zealand has resumed to include onshore and offshore applications, the oldest application in the general qualified residency queue was received on December 14, 2018.

That was ‘the day before yesterday’ – March 14, 2022. Applicants for residency via the EOI route have to compete with up to 165,000 migrants who are already in New Zealand, holding eligible work visas via the New Zealand visa. sole resident announced by New Zealand immigration. Minister Kris Faafoi on September 29, 2021. Metaphorically, the day before yesterday.

How can a foreign candidate increase his chances of being selected?

Moving to NZ. Become an offshore candidate by first holding an International Student Visa (ISVH).

As an ISVH, the candidate can work 20 hours a week, earn around $18.95 an hour when school is in session, and work full-time during breaks.

With the advantage of having face-to-face interviews with an employer for a part-time job and ideally towards a full-time job offer, the ISVH has a good chance of being selected for permanent residency ( RP) by obtaining the maximum points. possible.

30 points for age: must be between the ages of 20 and 39 when invited to apply for PR.

50 for skilled job offer

10 if the job offer must be in an area of ​​absolute skills shortage (occupations on the list of long-lasting skills shortages)

30 if the job offer is outside of Auckland

50 for a recognized qualification based on assessment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Basically, it must be a bachelor’s degree comparable or equivalent to an NZE degree. The list of Philippine educational institutions whose academic qualifications are considered equivalent can be viewed here -https://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/#45793.htm

15 points for completing a full-time university program and earning a New Zealand degree in New Zealand

10 for at least two years of qualified work experience in New Zealand

10 points for having two to five years of work experience in an area of ​​absolute skills shortage

20 for offer of skilled employment in New Zealand to applicant’s partner

10 points if the partner has qualifications recognized in New Zealand – level 7-8, at least a comparable bachelor’s degree/postgraduate degree.

What part-time jobs are available?

International students take on all sorts of part-time jobs, from babysitting to working in their education provider’s library. The jobs you’re most likely to find include retail clerk, seasonal worker, supermarket assistant, waiter/waitress, kitchen helper, bartender, and call center worker.

Remember that part-time employment by itself will not guarantee a job offer that will lead to 50 points, as entry-level jobs are generally not eligible for qualified work experience or a skilled job.

All of these factors lead to the prize: permanent residence in the future.

The price should be paid yesterday.

Yesterday being the date one begins their academic year as an international student, eligible to work 20 hours per week on school days and 40 hours during out-of-school sessions.

Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Auckland estimate the cost of living at around $20,000 to $27,000 each year and the University of Otago (based in Dunedin) estimates between $18,000 and $21,000 $.

Annual fees for public schools start at around $11,000 for elementary schools and $14,000 for high schools. Annual fees for private elementary and high schools start at around $25,000.

Where are the future PR candidates from the Philippines?

These are the college or K-12 graduates, students that Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones projects as the specific component of the future of education in the Philippines.

“The future can’t wait for us,” Briones said during a recent visit to Benguet National High School.

Indeed, the day before yesterday.

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