September 2006

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Upon Arrival: What to Expect

“Upon Arrival: What to Expect” is the third of the series of articles about migration to New Zealand. TNZF wishes that these articles, one way or

another could provide clarifications on some issues arising during the immigration process.

The New Zealand job market is very competitive. This is an overall description of the job market. There are variations depending on the industry the

immigrant is qualified into. There are more opportunities in the field of natural sciences (i.e.Engineering) than in the field of human sciences (i.e.

Human Resources). A check on the New Zealand Immigration Services website to know the current market demand is a good option.

Questions like “Why am I not qualified, I have been doing this job for more than a decade now?” or “How can I have a New Zealand experience if no

company will employ me?”. There are more questions than answers really. These questions have not been included in the assessment of an immigration

applicant’s qualifications. Other items that should have been a very important part of the assessment is “Have you been practicing your profession?” or

“Is your line of experience, the same as your academic qualifications?”. If you answer “YES” to both of these questions, then you have a better chance of

landing to a job which qualifies you to be granted residence visa. If not, then TNZF suggests that you need not pursue your plans of migrating to New

Zealand as you will only be forsaken in seeking a job suitable for you. You might only be more debt ridden after the process than before you even started

it. This is not to discourage potential immigrants but to serve as an eye opener. Immigration consultants may be painting a different scenario to lure

more applicants thus more profit at the expense of our kababayans who just wish to have a better life in another country like New Zealand.

Upon arrival, expect that you will be in a jungle. A jungle where only the fittest will survive. This is a very crude analogy of the job market

situation but this is the truth though some way or another, it hurts. This is a reality to expect upon stepping on a New Zealand soil as a new migrant

totally different from what many perceive as another land of honey and apples. This situation is aggravated by the fact that a new immigrant have only

six (6) months to find a suitable source of income as stipulated in the contract agreed upon by the immigrant and the New Zealand Immigration Service.

TNZF believes that six(6) months is just too short to be able to compete in the New Zealand job market for those who do not have previous New Zealand

work experience.

Based on the two (2) questions earlier mentioned, if your answer is “NO”, do not pursue your plan to migrate to New Zealand as a skilled migrant even

if your pass the initial assessment. You will not be able to find a job based on you academic qualifications. Why? First, you do not have enough

experience on your profession. Second, you will not be satisfying your immigration contract requirements. Working for six (6) months as a factory worker

will not pay your bills especially if you have only loaned to pay the immigration hefty fees.

If you decide to take the challenge, then complacency should not be included in your traits. Before your planned arrival, you should have done your

research and have sent initial job applications. Normally, an advertised job requirements takes around several weeks before its closing and selection of

the successful applicant. Send as many applications as you can. There will always be a bigger chance of getting a probable employer notice your

application in this manner than just sending application once a week. Everyday past is a day deducted to your six (6) months visa duration. If you have

not done yet, get for a NZQA qualification. This will augment the chance of getting noticed.

TNZF is not discouraging Filipinos to migrate to New Zealand as a skilled migrant. This is a part of TNZF service to the Filipinos by engaging in

“Awareness Campaign” hoping that Filipinos will be PRO-ACTIVE in planning their future as a skilled migrant to New Zealand. Tulad ng

kasabihan nating mga Pinoy, laging nasa huli ang pagsisisi! Pero pag handa sa kahit anumang pangyayari, walang problema na di nalulutas. PINOY KAYA