At the start of their migration journey migrants often ask us what to expect during the immigration process.
Who would be the best person to ask when wanting to find out what it is like to immigrate to New Zealand?
The answer is obvious: Other migrants who have made the move!
So we have talked to migrants and former clients from a broad range of backgrounds who were all happy to share their migration experience with you.
Find out what their motives were for coming to New Zealand and starting a new life, what they love about New Zealand, about difficulties they might have had to deal with and what their advice to you would be.
We are sure that you will find a lot of useful information or even familiar scenarios you can relate to!
"In Germany you live to work and in New Zealand you work to live!"
NZIC: How long did it take for her (2 year old daughter) to adapt to the language?
Daniela: 2 months. Then she was able to communicate properly with her teachers and friends.
Happiest moment? Plenty! Waking up to the Tuis every morning.
Patrick and Joe from Germany
Patrick and Joe are now running the popular Beach Hostel in Punakaiki on the stunning West Coast of the South Island.
JF R. and Claire R. from Paris, France
"When we got onto the plane we did not know what we would be doing in 6 months time. Which is probably the difference between many other applicants who already know what job they will have."
Yuri A. and Daniela B. from Genova, Italy
"If you want to enjoy your day at the beach or in the mountains then that’s free. A Prada bag is probably beautiful too but it is definitely not free. The priorities are different. It depends what you are looking for."
Nigel and Lori J. from Canada
"And then my wife actually said well what about New Zealand? And it honestly hadn’t occurred to me until she pointed it out. So we started looking a bit more and it seemed to tick all the right boxes in terms of climate, population, work environment you know everything just seemed right, schooling for the kids and so that’s what made us settle on New Zealand."
Tanja and Armin A. from Germany
"In terms of my business, I am a self employed personal trainer, it is far more easy to deal with people in this country, in acceptance of prices what you charge, it is what it is and no one tried to get a bargain or try to deal with you and that’s completely different overseas."
Tip and Donna D. from Florida, USA
"As a nurse things were very different, all of the medications had different names, you know you have to learn the way things are done in your new country and adapt and adjust to that. Its just adapting to a new culture, socially and in your work, whatever your profession is."
Sophie B. from Spain
"We are planning to move in September, mid or end. We are going to move to Auckland, probably the North Shore, because the school we went to send our children to is on the North Shore." Find out why Sophie and her family decided to move to New Zealand from Spain!
Robert R., USA
"My first trip to NZ was in 1995 and I liked it so much I promised myself one day I would return to live here. It took us almost 20 years to accomplish but we finally did it."
Arko B. from India
NZIC: At what point did you decide to stay in NZ?
Arko: Well I think the duck crossing the road was the point. That's it I’m staying here.
Arko is now living in Nelson with his family. Read why Arko decided to live in New Zealand and how he established a successful restaurant business and new life in Nelson!
Christiane L., Nelson, New Zealand, formerly from Berlin, Germany
Christiane came to Nelson with her husband Andre and their two daughters. Together the family started a now very popular Frozen Yoghurt Cafe in Nelson: Yogis
NZIC: How would your life be different if you had stayed in Germany?
Christiane: More work, not as much family time.
Read more about the family´s move to New Zealand and their Frozen Yoghurt Business!
Caroline Smith and her partner immigrated from Scotland
"Back in Scotland I was working usually a 60 hour week with a lot of on call hours. When we travelled through New Zealand we had an experience that really brought it home: It was about lunch time. We were driving by a beautiful beach and there were all these vans parked up and people had stopped for lunch and went for a surf. We thought that’s the kind of life that we want."
Heiko Wetzel from Germany
"People here are nice and friendly. They often have a smile on their face and yeah, are quite laid back, not in a negative way, they do their work and everything, but they always have time to chat and that is great."
Gwen and Mic from the UK
Heike and her family moved from Germany to South Africa and then on to New Zealand.
Heike says: "The planning ahead is difficult because of the issue that if you are not here you can't find work but if you are here you need to have a visa and if you don’t have the right visa you also will not find a job."
June B. from Germany
"... for me personally I feel I just have a much better lifestyle. Less working hours and more time for family and friends."
Jean M. from South Africa
About joining her two adult children and soon expected grandchild in New Zealand via Family Policy:
Kia Ora...Good news...wonderful news...!!! I will, with the greatest of pleasure let you have feedback of my experience with NZIC and your wonderful and caring way in which you have handled my immigration matters...so watch this space...! My sincere thanks to Katrin as well for all her help as well…! Jean - the granny with the polished wings, getting ready to teach Sesame Seed to fly, just as soon as he/she is born...!!!
A post on the facebook site for expats called Saffas Nurturing Saffas:
Today is the first day of the rest of MY life...my NZ Residence Permit came through yesterday...not bad when you consider that the application went in on the 31st March...! Compliments to the NZ Immigration Concepts people who made this possible. Thanks to friendly and efficient Katrin Schottke at NZIC for whom nothing was too much effort or trouble...!
Most of all - my gratitude and sincere thanks to the wonderful Julia Cooke at NZ Immigration Concepts Ltd in Nelson who raises the bar for competence and efficiency and who guided me every step of the way...!
I am impressed beyond measure and over the moon with happiness at the end result...!
Luane B. from Germany I am very happy to write a little testimonial. When I came first time in your office, not knowing if I have a chance to find a new home country in New Zealand I felt being in the right hands straight away!
You encouraged me, looked after me and even money wise I felt it is a good value! Your kindness was often even making me to prefer to drive to Nelson rather than to send form’s with the mail. It is a pleasure to visit you in your office.
I recommend you already a few times.
And finally - the happy news:
Dear Carsten, Julia and the rest of the team, finally I am home again! This is an incredible feeling and I have to get used to it again :) Thank you soooo much for not letting me give up!!! Lots of Love, Luane, New Zealand
June B. from Germany: Hi Julia, My passport arrived today and I’m even more excited now than before J
My work mate said I’m “like a 10 year old girl ” I can’t tell you how much this means to me and I’m really really thankful for your support over the last 2 years!!! It’s the biggest X-mas present in my life and I’ll have a proper celebration next week!
Thanks so much again and have a happy X-mas time.
Leo H. "When I first visited New Zealand in 1997, I was impressed with the beauty of the country and its people and decided this was the country I would love to live in.
Fortunately, during a visit to Nelson in 2007, I was introduced to New Zealand Immigration Concepts! They calmly took over my application for permanent resident status, which was granted 12 months later at a reasonable fee and without problem.
New Zealand Immigration Concepts maintains contact with reputable local professional bodies such as lawyers, tax accountants and investment advisors which are valuable links to newcomers.
I can honestly say that, anyone wanting to settle in New Zealand can be assured of solid advice and smooth processing of their residency application by contacting NZIC."
Marie Guibert S. "We truly appreciated that Carsten did not make false promises, but clearly explained what we would have to achieve by ourselves. He made the administrative process simple and clear. He also made sure we understood everything migration implies beyond its administrative part. We felt confident about our choice and knew how to achieve our goal step by step. We would definitely recommend him to a friend."
Suzanne M. "Dr Hallwass and his staff are thorough and factual. We are most satisfied with his service levels and follow up."
Ross McK. "I have always found Carsten to be responsive with a willingness to get things done promptly. His approach is efficient and I think this reflects his background German culture and professional training."
"Prompt and efficient service, very informative and extremely helpful."
LG. "Thank you very much New Zealand Immigration Concepts. Because of you I am now a NZ resident and everything is good. I really appreciate what you guys have done for me. Now I have no worries. I really liked your service it felt safe and professional.
Andre T. "About your service: Wonderful. Received my PR within record time. If I had questions regarding application, visa etc. they were answered whithin hours. All in all, great service."
Dan H. "I asked you to assist me in obtaining a work permit with the eventual goal of obtaining residency and citizenship in New Zealand. The process took roughly 6 months and I am very happy with the service that I received. I would have no hesitation in using your services again or recommending your services to anyone planning to relocate to New Zealand. The service provided was both efficient and very professional."
Frederik and Kerry d.B. "Dr Hallwass handled our application to immigrate professionally, giving us a clear picture of what was required, updating us along the way and had excellent follow up service on our arrival in New Zealand. We are delighted with his professionalism and thoroughness. He comes highly recommended."
Paa Dear Julia and all NZIC team, I could not believe it when Julia called this morning! Still feel like a dream! :-) but it is true I got it!! It was a great news and this is my great birthday present from all of you...thank you very very much.
Some Happy Comments in German
Hallo Carsten, das glaube ich ja wohl nicht, yippiiieeehh! DAS ist ja eine echt gute Nachricht! Vielen herzlichen Dank dafür.
Viele Grüße, J. und Familie
Hallo Carsten, bin nun angekommen. […] Kann es immer noch nicht wirklich fassen, auch die Familie ist aus dem Häuschen.
Hallo Frau Könnecke,
danke der Nachfrage. Wir sind das Proposal durchgegangen und diskutieren gerade über die Umsetzung.
Zum Feedback: wir haben von Ihnen in einer halben Stunde einen Weg zur Auswanderung aufgezeigt bekommen, der für uns gut durchführbar sein wird. Ich bin froh über diesen Weg. Neben einem neuen Hochgefühl macht sich auch Erleichterung breit; es ist also möglich. Ganz herzlichen Dank dafür. Da die Informationen in der Muttersprache geführt wurden, sind wir uns sicher, daß keine Mißverständnisse entstanden sind. Wir wissen das zu schätzen.
Beste Grüße ans andere Ende der Welt, D & K
Hallo Carsten, vielen Dank noch einmal für die wirklich unbürokratische, schnelle, zuverlässige und rekordreife Hilfe beim Visum und beim Jobsearch. Markus P, Germany