So the New Zealand government is bringing out a Silver Fern Visa.
Its actually not that exciting really – especially if you have been dealing with Emigrating to New Zealand as long as we have. (I’ve aged decades – but its only actually been seven years - and counting).
So whats the deal (“facts” copied from Stuff.co.nz so as to stay within the silly New Zealand law).
Basically – this is what was termed in old money (before the system was changed from the General Skills list to the Skilled Migrant Category) – A Job Search Visa. Under that system – if you were within 5 points of being able to apply for a residency visa – you could be offered a Job Search Visa, which allowed you to legally come to NZ for six months and look for work. (It should perhaps be remembered that it is technically illegal to search for work while on a visitor’s visa – not that Agents or NZIS or anyone will tell you that – because no one cares anymore).
The Silver fern visa:
…will be implemented next April, giving people the opportunity to look for long-term work for up to nine months.
Once they have a job, people could apply for a two-year working visa, which could possibly lead to residency under the Skilled Migrant Category.
So basically it’s a 9-month version of the old Job search visa – allowing you to find a job legally – which most people do anyway on a visitors visa. Having the Silver Fern Visa is not likely to make employers look at you any more favourably – but hey – you can try explaining it to them and see if they get it. They won’t.
And also – you aren’t apparently going to get Residency straight off – but a work to residency visa, –which as I’ve said before – is a bloody dangerous move right now. There are 300 places available and you need to be between 20 and 35 years old to qualify.