Finding a place to stay in a new city may be a bit overwhelming for most new migrants. I bet there are dozens of questions in your mind like, “where do I find all the accomodation listings?” or “where are the cheaper suburbs in Christchurch?”. These sorts of questions are not easily answerable without proper research and I am writing this article to guide you in the search for your accommodation in Christchurch.
In anticipation of a residence visa application, a friend had authorised me to renew her police clearance certificate (PCC) issued by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) when I visited the Philippines a few weeks ago. The Immigration New Zealand (INZ) requires residency applicants to submit police clearance certificates issued not more than six (6) months prior to application lodgement. I will share with you in this blog my experience of visiting Manila and going through the NBI clearance renewal of a Filipino living in NZ.
A few months before I left for New Zealand in 2015 on a working holiday visa, I dedicated my time in researching how I should bring money to New Zealand. Dead-set on hand-carrying cold hard cash instead of doing a costly bank-to-bank transfer, I researched where to buy New Zealand dollars and which currency exchange dealer or ‘money changer’ would give me the best Philippine peso (PHP) to New Zealand dollar (NZD) rates.
There is less than two weeks left until the Philippine Working Holiday Scheme application opens again on the 8th of February 2017. Have you started preparing for it? This application is highly competitive (100 slots only!) so it would be very beneficial if you are able to know the contents of the application form beforehand. Luckily for you readers, I am able to share with you the screenshots of the working holiday application form for the Philippines. Hopefully this step-by-step Philippine working holiday application guide will help you to secure a slot to come to New Zealand!
The Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has a couple of online systems in place to allow for the submissions of visa applications online. In this post, I will share with you how to create an Online Services user account which you can use to apply for a working holiday visa and a Silver Fern visa, or submit an expression of interest for the Skilled Migrant Category residency program.