Visa … the word now conjures an expensive and confusing process with as many facets as a brilliant cut diamond …. WOW that sounds quite posh!
Which visa is the right one? Why are there so many and what is the difference between a visa and a permit?
I chose a Work To Residence visa (WTR). It has advantages and disadvantages. The details are long and boring but it seems to be the most appropriate.
To get the visa you need to:
1, Spend time, effort and money getting a job offer (in our case, I needed to head south).
2, Spend more money on getting Police checks.
3, Spend a huge amount of money (close to £1,000 for the family) on medicals, x-rays and blood tests.
4, Send or take the whole lot to London.
So far we have completed 1 and half of 2. Lisa has her Police check back, I don’t (was I really that bad?). Our bodies have been examined, x-rayed and bled. Our Doctor, no not our Doctor but a ‘panel’ Doctor (jobs for the boys and for speed we had to go from Ramsgate to Chichester to see one) has been chasing the lost samples of blood at their local hospital. He reliably (how do I know that?) informs us that they will be here on Tuesday or Wednesday. Now there are a few potential potential problems. If the bloods do not ‘turn up’ then we have a big delay. If they need re-doing, are they mine or Lisa’s. This is a concern because Lisa is poorly and in hospital at the moment (hopefully home tomorrow, Monday). It would also mean a trip to Chichester again. I have no problem with the town (except that it’s full of ‘wrinklies’) but it’s another delay / expense.
If all goes to plan then on Thursday or Friday this week, I will be taking a train to the city of smoke to hand deliver some of the most important and expensive documents that I have had the ‘pleasure’ in acquiring. For the ‘pleasure’ of doing this I need to cross their palm with silver. I’ll also try to open a NZ bank account.
The good thing is that things are getting done. The bad thing is I’m running out of time!
The house is up for sale … any takers? The movers have quoted (close to £3,500) and my notice has ‘gone in’!!??!!?? This is all due to the fact that I’m needed in NZ on the 28th October! That’s 34 days from now (and today is almost over too), I have to fly there …. that’s 24hours in the air, and recover from the flight in time to give that all important 1st impression. In reality that’s about 1 calendar month.
Stress …… what’s that, if I had hair I’d have pulled it out and the bank manager would have helped I’m sure.
I must remember the rule: YOU DON’T GO TO NZ TO GET RICH, IT A RICHER LIFESTYLE. I think that you can’t get rich in NZ because your skin trying to get there.