Moving to New Zealand from the United Kingdom

New Zealand and the UK have a lot in common, like similar values, a shared history, and the English language.

People who have moved here from the UK say that Kiwis are relaxed, friendly, and easy to get along with.

Many UK expats find that New Zealand has a friendly atmosphere, an easy going way of life and great work life balance.
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Sam and Katy Smith talk about the move and the lifestyle their family now enjoys in New Zealand. (NZ Story)

Famous work/life balance

People in New Zealand enjoy a great lifestyle.

Working hard and getting ahead is important to us. We’re a well-developed, well connected country with all sorts of opportunities to advance your career. But New Zealanders also believe life is for living.

Workmates and employers alike respect the fact that you have a life outside the office, to pursue your own interests or simply to share in quality time with your family. Why wouldn’t they - when they’ll be out there doing the same, taking advantage of all the opportunities New Zealand offers for relaxation, recreation and exploration.

It’s called work/life balance, and we reckon we’ve got the mix just about spot on.
NZ ranks 3rd globally in HSBC Expat Explorer Survey for 2020
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Great environment for families

One of the most important things we can offer is a great environment to raise a family.

Families enjoy our famously clean air and also feel very safe here. The 2020 Global Peace Index — comparing 160 countries for the risk of personal violence — rated New Zealand the world’s second safest country after Iceland. The UK ranked 42nd..

Along with affordable, quality education, we give children the opportunity to get close to nature and enjoy a diverse range of healthy sport, recreation, and adventure activities.

Quality of education

The quality of New Zealand’s education is another attraction.

We ranked third just behind Finland and Switzerland in The Economist’s 2018 Worldwide Educating for the Future Index of 50 major countries, and we are among the world’s main ‘host nations’ for international students.

At the other end of the scale, all eight New Zealand Universities are in the top 500 of the 2019 QS World University Rankings. All of them offer at least one subject ranked in the world’s top 100.

Along with affordable, quality education, we give children the opportunity to get close to nature and enjoy a diverse range of healthy sport, recreation, and adventure activities.

Clean, beautiful + temperate

Every country has a certain amount of natural beauty. New Zealand just happens to have loads of it.

New Zealanders share a strong sense of guardianship (kaitiaki-tanga) for our environment. For example, we maintain robust controls over land development, fishing, water quality and conservation. We’ve dedicated over 30% of our land area to national parks and other protected areas.

We don’t get the extended periods of extreme weather that some parts of the UK do, so you’ll find it easier to enjoy a healthy, outdoors lifestyle all year round. As in the UK, New Zealand weather is different depending on where you live. For example, Queenstown near the bottom of the South Island gets winter snow, but that is very rare in a North Island place like Wellington.

So, what can you expect?
Well, if you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Narnia Chronicles or The Piano, you’ll have an idea: soaring mountainscapes, mysterious lakes and rivers, dramatic volcanic plateaus, vast open plains, braided rivers, thermal wonderlands, fiords, native forests, glaciers, miles of farmland and even more miles of glorious coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches…. all that sort of thing.

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Why are we your best bet?

Although we work with a range of clients, you'll most likely apply through a Skilled Migrant Resident Visa or an Essential Skills Work Visa.

A New Zealand job offer will be the crucial requirement for your visa application; but it is very difficult to get a job offer in NZ without a work or resident visa.

NZ ranks 3rd globally in HSBC Expat Explorer Survey for 2020

How our Fusion Service has helped thousands of migrants move to NZ

The quality of our Fusion Service is completely unique in New Zealand.

We are not just doing hopeful paperwork for your visa, or giving you generic job search guides and CV templates.

Our Visa Assistance Service and our Job Search Service are expertly aligned with each other. Your Licensed Immigration Advisers and Job Search Professionals will cooperate closely throughout your entire immigration process,

We will as assist your employer through the steps of legally hiring you, such as Labour Market Testing.

Full resident entitlements at the end:
Live freely, work and/or study in NZ
Ability to bring your partner and dependant children
Rights to free education in state schools, tertiary fee subsidies
Travel to and from NZ at any time
Access to welfare, voting, and jury service
Access to public healthcare
Visa Assistance
We take care of all visa related aspects of your migration, facilitate the swift processing of your application and liaise with Immigration New Zealand and other relevant authorities involved in your visa process.
Job Search Service
We take care of all job search related aspects of your migration and expertly assist you with finding a job that matches your skills and expertise.
Strategy + Liaising
Both visa and job teams liaise throughout your process to ensure that your job search is aligned with your visa application at all times.
Employer Assistance
We assist your New Zealand employer with the bureaucracy and formalities they have to observe for your visa application process, significantly lowering any hesitation to hire a migrant. We also keep them up to date on your visa application process.

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Open Hearts, Open Spaces, Open Minds

Experience New Zealand's features and gems in this video by INZ.