Moving to New Zealand

Dec 21, 2019 24 Comments

Hi, Anyone here moved to or going to move to New Zealand from the US? What are the changes you see (quality of life, work culture, housing, food, salary etc)? Do you think it's worth moving there or wait for GC here on H1B?

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  • Apple Oslooo
    I lived there for 4yrs (2008-2012), came to US to do my MBA and have been here since.

    Ask me what u want to know.
    Dec 21, 2019 5
    • American Express rr108
      OP
      Canada and Australia are bigger markets but getting PR there now becoming difficult.
      Dec 21, 2019
    • Apple Oslooo
      When I worked in NZ 8yrs ago, my boss told me that there were 2 ways to get promoted

      When he retires or When he dies 🤣
      Dec 21, 2019
  • Amazon UxOY54
    If you’re indian there’s no GC in our lifetime. So either be content to earn well but be prepared to leave or move to other countries like Canada or Australia/ NZ but earn much less
    Dec 21, 2019 3
    • Vrbo VAAv52
      Canada, New Zealand or Australia
      Dec 21, 2019
    • American Express rr108
      OP
      That's true, we can not get same pay range as in the US but will always live in a fear. Even if country wise cap changes it will take next 10-15 years to clear the current backlog.
      Dec 21, 2019
  • Fast Enterprises, LLC $€£¥
    Lived in NZ for a short time. Beautiful country. High quality of life, and high cost of living to go with it. Weak tech market and career growth opportunities. Was a great life experience, but could not see myself living there the rest of my life. Would consider Canada over NZ if getting an American PR is the biggest hurdle.
    Dec 21, 2019 3
    • Fast Enterprises, LLC $€£¥
      Weak career opportunities and pay. Everything is expensive. Traveling to other countries is inconvenient and expensive. Not as diverse as major metropolitan areas of the US.
      Dec 21, 2019
    • American Express rr108
      OP
      That's true. I am confused though, I feel I am very restricted with H1B visa. I don't think that GC is an option as it's too long so just want to see if it's worth to wait and face uncertainty every 3 years or live with limited options to progress but no uncertainty :(
      Dec 21, 2019
  • Apple / Eng
    bl3e

    Apple Eng

    BIO
    Just an another engineer. Hoping to find a few friends here :)
    bl3emore
    What company are you moving to in New Zealand?
    Dec 21, 2019 3
    • Expedia Group / Creative चूतड़
      You can’t initiate Permanent Visa for NZ sitting in US. You go there on a temporary visa for 2 years and then apply for permanent visa , that’s how it works. You don’t need a job offer to initiate a temporary visa.
      Dec 21, 2019
    • American Express rr108
      OP
      I have applied for a skilled resident visa and EOI is approved. I got an ITA and in process of applying for residence. That skilled residence visa is good for unlimited stay but I think you are right about permanent residence.
      Dec 21, 2019
  • Google gacebook
    NZ the most beautiful country in the world and wonderful people there. If the recent leaders would not have changed the housing policies for foreign nationals, I would have considered spending my retirement there for sure
    Dec 21, 2019 2
    • American Express rr108
      OP
      I think you can buy property if you are on certain visa types and lived in NZ for 183 days in last 12 months.
      Dec 21, 2019
    • Apple Oslooo
      Trust me that law was really needed.

      I was the member if city council of Auckland, housing problem was getting bad.
      Dec 21, 2019
  • FLYR hQJf32
    Where in NZ? Auckland is pretty cool and I’d say comparable work culture. Good quality of life too, pretty expensive relative to rest of Nz though
    Dec 21, 2019 1
    • American Express rr108
      OP
      Yeah, mostly the big cities like Auckland, Wellington , Christchurch etc. Are there any other cities with jobs in IT?
      Dec 21, 2019
  • Salesforce iwereu
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