QUOTE(malayantiger @ Sep 21 2016, 04:32 AM)
You know the saying 'I envy you, you envy me!'. Many who have migrated will not tell you the hard slog and hardship they have to face initially. TBH, its no plain sailing, for me anyway. I uprooted the family to make it in a 'new' place. It was like 'do or die'. If I had to pack our bags and 'balik kampong', I donno. Perhaps all my friends and relatives will laugh at me saying 'I told you so'. All in all, it took me and my family 7 long years of uncertainty before ILR (indefinite leave, i.e. PR) came to fruition. So where to begin? Let's see...
1) Do plenty of research. Seek all avenues. Regularly check up on immigration rules of that particular country. Rules keep changing!
2) Join some immigration forums. Look up the internet, there are plenty. Learn from other people's experience. mistakes.
3) Have not only Plan A, but Plan B and even Plan C. For example when our ILR seems doomed at one point, we even look at Canada as an option.
4) Have enough resources before you take the plunge. By that I mean enough savings to stretch you out say over 6 months without income.
5) Ask yourself if you really like the country you want to migrate to. Going there on holiday is very different from living in that country.
6) Are you prepared to leave all your creature comforts, your relations, friends, your 'status', job, etc, etc for a new life? You can get very lonely and frustrated in a new place!
The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be in taking up the challenge.
...finally, if all this end in failure, can you take it in the chin and tell yourself, 'At least I tried, and I have nothing to lose!' If you have to balik kampong and eat the humble pie, how?
QUOTE(iambloodymuch @ Sep 23 2016, 09:56 AM)
no need to sponsor.
this express entry is point based. hurm i tried to roughly calculate mine, got around 380 points.
usually minimum points to be invited somewhere close to 500.
if you got job offer event better, can add 600 to ur points.
QUOTE(duck v3 @ Sep 25 2016, 09:35 AM)
it all depends on your criterion for migrating
for me ive been in new zealand for almost a year now, and i have to say the country suits me the absolute best
1 : the most important factor, high pay. but payscales depends on what you're working as. if you're on the skill shortage list, then the pay is very good. for me, im doing automotive engineering and i still get paid a qualified techican's pay although im just doing part time @ 25$/hr since i got a diploma
2 : the quality of life here is extremely high. clean air, clear surroundings, breathtaking sceneries, and the hustle and bustle of a metropolis in the heart of the cbd.
3 : stable temperature all year round. spring and autumn averages 13 degrees every single day with chances of rain. but winter and summer can get brutal though, this year winter drops to 0 degrees at the lowest point, but other than tht it hovers around 5~8 degrees (at night). when i arrived, summer was almost over. there was no wind at night in summer, and temperatures hovers around 20~25 during the day. at night its around 18~22.
4 : more culturally diverse than malaysia (this is true to the bone). there are genuine european, asian, and american food here. one sushi place i've been going to is ran by a genuine japanese chef. another ramen joint is also ran by a japanese. and the food here, it's pretty hard to find terrible food haha
5 : if nature escapades are ur thing, south island! queenstown, dunedin, christchurch, invercargill, and the glacier passes. then there's great barrier island and stewart island!
6 : houses are (still) affordable. a modest condominium unit (they call it apartments here) costs in between 600k ~ 1m $ for the highest end ones. if you're getting paid 40$ an hr (100k p/a) , you can definitely afford one.
7 : sheer driving pleasure, literally. windy roads, scenics drives, and most importantly, no need for ac! wind down ur window and u can feel the cold air! you could just rent a bmw m5 or something and go cross continent with it. not kidding
all in all, it all boils down to what you want that country to be like, and how u want to live your life!
Sweet! How I wish....
How did you first get citizenship to NZ?