Settling in Waikato
As Immigration Consultants near Hamilton, we provide advice and assistance for clients with visa issues in Hamilton and the surrounding Waikato area. Often applicants are those who have completed their studies and searching for jobs. Or they could be new potential migrants wanting to escape a big city life wanting a more relaxed lifestyle. Either way, we provide a great service for applicants in Hamilton which is essential for peace of mind and successful results.
Finding work and a place to settle in New Zealand is hard enough however waikato area is a growing area for new migrants and settlements. Apart from Hamilton Centre, other popular places are Cambridge , Taupo, Thames and Coromandel Peninsula. These migrations away from big cites like Auckland are seeing unprecedented growth and new trends with lifestyle becoming a priority over work and money. These growing trends will only strengthen in the future as New Zealand develops its local regional base and economy.
Tourism & Growth
In Hamilton there are plenty of IT businesses, dairy farms and the main producer Fonterra. Hamilton is a growing city with new area being developed in the city fringes with retail offices and new shopping malls. All this offers a relaxed lifestyle with the Waikato river nearby and real estate at an affordable price compared to Auckland.
A geographically and culturally diverse area, the Hamilton & Waikato region has a range of activities and attractions to suit all ages and tastes – from surfing world-class breaks and crawling through caves to wine tasting and heritage trails.
It’s currently the 4th largest economies in New Zealand, largely due to agriculture, farms and business services. However tourism is developing fast and many attractions are very popular for tourism. These include Hobbiton, Hamilton Gardens Comma Raglan, Putaruru and Waitomo caves.
With the advent of online immigration services in 2016 it doesn’t really matter to have physical consultation and travel to Auckland where we are based. Not only that we persist customers globally so it doesn’t make much difference regarding geography. Often we speak to applicants on the phone or via email for a quick and accurate assessment followed by a consultation for a visa service.
We have assisted many applicants in the waikato area and have had great success with their immigration applications. If you are living in this area or thinking of moving there then contact us now and we can see if we can assist you with your visa application.
Attractions around Hamilton
Hamilton’s location is the location perfect point for an excursion. Geographically its only within a couple of hours’ driving distance from some of the North Island’s popular tourist spots (such as Auckland, Rotorua and Tauranga), and is also surrounded by a number of top destinations. Here are the best of them.
The amazing glowworm caves are just an hour south of Hamilton. Waitomo is famous for its rolling hills, unspoiled greenery and limestone caverns that have been around for millennia. A scenic underground cruise is the best way to see the glowworms. If you’re looking for an adventurous thrill, the area is also a great spot for caving, abseiling and black water rafting.
Its a must for Tolkien fans visiting Hobbiton. A 45-minute drive will transport you into Peter Jackson’s rendition of Middle Earth. Bus coaches regularly depart from Hamilton into the movie set too. A tour of this lush Kaimai Ranges location will guide you along 12 acres, which consists of Hobbit holes, the Mill and the World Dragon Inn. Those who want to ramp up their Lord of the Rings experience should also consider exploring some of the other filming locations around the Waikato region, including the Weather Drop Hollow, near Port Waikato and Trollshow Forest.
Raglan is a beachside town 48 kilometres west of Hamilton. It is a summer hot spot for surfers who are drawn by its consistent breaks and swells. Ngarunui (Ocean) beach is a good practice spot for less experienced surfers, while Manu Bay, Whale Bay and Ruapuke offer a challenge for seasoned veterans. Raglan also has an arty flair with its landscapes and natural surroundings inspiring many paintings, photography projects and local exhibitions. In fact, the Raglan Arts Weekend, held every January on the town’s Anniversary Day, was set up to celebrate this local surge in creativity.
Cambridge is a small town situated within a 30-minute drive from Hamilton. It is locally known as ‘the town of champions’, because it has produced many sporting superstars along the years.
Tirau is a small rural Waikato town 50 kilometres (31.1 miles) southeast of Hamilton. Don’t let its size deceive you though, the town is quite famous for its collection of grandiose attractions. The local i-Site Visitor Centre is housed in a corrugated iron building shaped like a big dog, while a pair of massive sheep look after the town’s wool and craft shop.
Putaruru sits on the Oraka river, 65 kilometres (40.4 miles) south-east of Hamilton. Over the years, the town has earned international attention because of its picturesque Blue Spring, where much of New Zealand’s bottled water comes from.
Otorohanga is 45 minutes from Hamilton or locally known as the Kiwiana Town – basically, a place that identifies or relates to the New Zealand sense of identity. The Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Park is its most famous must-do, housing the country’s best renowned bird specie as well as a myriad of other native wildlife. The town’s Sir Edmund Hillary walkway is where you’ll get to see its largest collection of cultural icons.
The Waikato War Driving Tour
For heritage and history fans, it’s a good way to get familiar with the battle sites in the area. Its starting point is Highwic in Auckland. It takes an hour-and-a-half to drive in from Hamilton. The journey then follows on to focus on the Waikato region, sweeping past the Bombay Hills to Whangamarino, Rangiriri and Ngaruawahia, before heading into Orakau, Pirongia and King Country.
Are your ready to submit your partnership visa in New Zealand? It’s always best practice your immigration adviser or yourself to put more information than less. This is due to many partnership applications being received by Immigration New Zealand every day. Often the immigration officer doesn’t know as much about your relationship as you do.
Applicants sometimes forget the level of detail which must be included. In particular this is common with young relationships which are less than 3 months old. Often these can require immigration interviews. They must prove they have lived together by using household bills, rental agreements and landlord support letters. Even more surprisingly, wechat, Skype and text dialogue can make up a large part of the relationship evidence, rather than traditional letters and emails.
The applicant has to prove to INZ that they meet 4 levels of criteria. These briefly include stability, being genuine, receiving support and recognition. Should the officer have concerns or doubts, the application may receive a shorter visa currency or be declined with poor and inconsistent information presented. There is an easier way to be successful and that is by asking us for advice. For more information on this topic see our Residence partnership visa section so we can assist you.
Partnership visas are becoming increasingly difficult with a higher bar now being set. Since the last policy change with skilled migrant applications, there seems to be more pressure on this type of category.
It used to be the case where you could just be married in a new relationship and it would pass the immigration test. However these days you need a couple to demonstrate a genuine and stable relationship evidence which includes documentation living together, social proof, family recognition and other supporting social information with Immigration New Zealand use the four tiers of partnership recognition. Any long distance relationship will often be looked on suspiciously, especially if people the couple haven’t met and it’s an online relationship. Even if they have met a few times in the applicant’s home country or holidays there is still usually a lack of solid information and evidence to show that the relationship is genuine or stable. For that reason often a general visitor visa is recommended for the initial stages of partnership pathways.
The most difficult aspect for partners of New Zealanders applying for a visitor visa is to demonstrate bona fide requirements. This requires evidence that the applicant has a home base to return to and includes some of the following stable employment evidence, consistent savings and spending habits, a good education & international travel experience and generally good documentation presented professionally.
When applying for a visitor visa, couples are also frustrated as the partner often wants to work immediately when in NZ. However trust and credible evidence with documentation needs to be gained from immigration New Zealand before a higher level visa can be granted.
Once reunited with the sponsor they can then test the relationship and live together for several months in NZ until they have eligibility for a work visa under partnership category. After then, they continue to keep up the documentation and providing they have lived together for 12 months or more, they may apply for a residence application under the partnership category.
For couples who are about to get married under a cultural arrangement which is particularly popular in India, the documentation is very specific for immigration requirements and no information can be missed.
Sometimes with couples in different nationality relationships the assessing officer may ask further questions or even request an interview. For these cases it’s important to have full intimate knowledge of each other’s’ lives so all would be seen as genuine full stop
Also with more established couples usually children can be included as dependents. For example if a New Zealander sponsors his partner she may be eligible for a partnership work visa and the child would be eligible for either a student or visitor visa depending on the child’s age. Note is worth seeing that any work visa over 1 year would be treated as domestic regarding school formalities which can be a financial bonus for applicants.
Our Immigration Adviser at Visa4u had a case where a client had previously sponsored his girlfriend with a work visa. They wished to swap their roles with her sponsoring him whilst she was holding a student visa. Many applicants forget when doing this, they need submit separate NZ partnership visa applications. However its important to link them together with good cover letters, relationship and partnership evidence with correct fees. As well as time and money, making the correct application under partnership categories is beneficial for future residence visa applications in NZ. Fortunately as we were organised, our clients were successful and there were no issues.
When applying for a job search visa in New Zealand, students often want to choose the simplest major for the easiest pathway. A list of entrance and study requirements and main Universities is here for easy reference. At the time of searching for jobs, the course you studied can make a big difference with immigration policy.
Occupations in Demand
It is true, the easiest/fastest ways can provide a good advantage however it’s important to be aware that there will be much greater competition and harder to stand out when conducting a job search. This especially applies when qualifying for occupations in demand. These lists ensure you are specialised enough so there is no need to conduct a labour Market Check which may demonstrate New Zealanders can do the same work. It’s worth noting these are updated around every 6 months. Usually there is tough criteria which includes a both a high-level qualification and work experience required. Currently some of the occupations are ICT, medical, Chef, Engineering and Trades related.
Making your employment prospects easier
We have a client who studied a more specific Bachelor degree and had a job placement even before graduation! He didn’t even need to do a job search. Why? Because he offered different skills and the type of work was more specialised and less general. Of course we helped him with his CV, market himself better and made sure he was ready but the fact that he offered something different put him way ahead of his friends both in work and visa opportunities, who were studying standard business qualifications and were searching for jobs months later. So it really does pay to take some time and do some research. Having the right study choice can help you stand out from the crowd and creates a positive strategy.