Americans are Googling how to move to New Zealand. Here's a step-by-step guide to becoming a Kiwi after the pandemic.



Slide 1 of 12:  Around election time, Americans tend to start googling ways that they can move to another country. This year is no different, and on election night 2020, Google searches for "how to move to New Zealand" skyrocketed. There are a few ways you can move to New Zealand if you're a US citizen under normal circumstances, either temporarily or permanently. For workers, one of the most accessible ways is the Long Term Skill Shortage visa. But you probably won't be able to move to New Zealand anytime soon. The border remains closed to the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, and New Zealand has suspended applications for most temporary visas until February 2021. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. New Zealand isn't just an escape hatch for Silicon Valley doomsday prepper billionaires like Peter Thiel; it's also become the object of many Americans' affection during the election cycle.On November 3, 2020 — election night — Google searches for "how to move to Zealand" skyrocketed.Data from previous election cycles suggests that interest in moving to New Zealand extends beyond just searching.In the 12 weeks following the November 2016 elections, US-based applications for New Zealand citizenship increased 70% year over year, according to the Associated Press. If you're looking to make the move to a land of rolling, green hills and sheep as far as the eye can see, you can do so either temporarily or permanently under normal circumstances.But it's worth noting that New Zealand's border remains closed to the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, and temporary visa applications are on hold for most offshore applicants until February 2021.Once the pandemic is over, here are the steps you can take to actually make the move and become a Kiwi if that's your ultimate goal.Read the original article on Insider
Slide 2 of 12: The first thing New Zealand's immigration office needs to know is if you want to emigrate for work, study, investing, or joining family.The path you go down will determine which kind of visa you'll end up applying for.
Slide 3 of 12: If you have a job, the country has a number of options in terms of the kind of visa you can apply for. Two of the most popular for future residents are the Skilled Migrant and Long Term Skill Shortage visas.Skilled Migrant visas are for people who want to "live and work in New Zealand indefinitely" and "have the skills to contribute to New Zealand's economic growth." New Zealand defines skilled employment as work that requires "specialist, technical or management expertise" and "meets a minimum pay threshold" — currently $25.30 an hour, or NZD $38.25 per hour.Under normal circumstances, applicants must first send an Expression of Interest to New Zealand Immigration detailing their employment, work experience, and qualifications before being invited to apply. The Long Term Skill Shortage visa is for people whose skills fit one of the jobs listed on the New Zealand government's immigration website.
Slide 4 of 12: With this particular visa, you can work for 30 months in New Zealand in a position for which the country has a shortage of available talent. After 24 months of working in a job related to the list of skills, you can apply to become a permanent resident. You can also apply for another temporary work visa.

Slide 5 of 12: You can view the list here.It includes jobs in construction, engineering, finance, health and social services, telecommunications, hospitality, science, and tradecraft. If an applicant's skills don't meet any of those listed, there are also paths to acquiring a visa through the arts, sports, and entertainment.
Slide 6 of 12: Once you've gathered all of the necessary documents, including a birth certificate, a (relatively) clean bill of health, references, and employment history, you have the option to submit the application either online or by mail.New Zealand's immigration office says online applications for the Long Term Skill Shortage visa are generally processed within six months.
Slide 7 of 12: According to a decade's worth of visa statistics, far more applications get accepted than denied.Between July 2019 and June 2020, 197,824 work visa applications were approved while 12,276 were denied.In 2021, New Zealand Immigration will be replacing six temporary work visas with a new singular Temporary Work Visa; however, the process for reviewing applicant candidacy will remain largely the same, according to a fact sheet released by New Zealand Immigration.
Slide 8 of 12: Most people find temporary places to stay before settling into more permanent housing, especially if they anticipate moving around a great deal within the first two years.The immigration office also recommends settling your new bank account before getting too deep into the move.
Slide 9 of 12: The country touts its cheap (and sometimes free) healthcare, sweeping views, easygoing climate, and friendly people. There are endless hills to hike, rugby matches to attend, and new culture to embrace.

Slide 10 of 12: ... most people (if they aren't the child of a New Zealander) will need to gain citizenship by grant.In order to be considered for citizenship, you have to be a resident for at least five years, know English well enough "to be able to hold a basic conversation," have few, if any, marks on your criminal record, and have an understanding of "privileges and responsibilities of a citizen." Most applicants are not called in for a personal interview, but there are certain fees involved. 
Slide 11 of 12: "They include the right to travel freely overseas and return on a New Zealand passport, full access to economic rights, and full access to educational scholarships and awards that are reserved for New Zealanders," the immigration office states.
Slide 12 of 12: Read more:Americans are Googling how they can move to Canada during a divisive electionNew Zealand's most expensive home ever, a 2-floor penthouse that rises above the clouds and comes with a butler's kitchen, just hit the market. Here's a look inside.Stadiums in other countries are hosting fans at full capacity as American arenas push bounds amid surging casesNevis Swing in New Zealand is the world's biggest swing

Americans are Googling how to move to New Zealand. Here’s a step-by-step guide to becoming a Kiwi after the pandemic.

New Zealand isn’t just an escape hatch for Silicon Valley doomsday prepper billionaires like Peter Thiel; it’s also become the object of many Americans’ affection during the election cycle.

On November 3, 2020 — election night — Google searches for “how to move to Zealand” skyrocketed.

Data from previous election cycles suggests that interest in moving to New Zealand extends beyond just searching.

In the 12 weeks following the November 2016 elections, US-based applications for New Zealand citizenship increased 70% year over year, according to the Associated Press. 

If you’re looking to make the move to a land of rolling, green hills and sheep as far as the eye can see, you can do so either temporarily or permanently under normal circumstances.

But it’s worth noting that New Zealand’s border remains closed to the US due to the coronavirus pandemic, and temporary visa applications are on hold for most offshore applicants until February 2021.

Once the pandemic is over, here are the steps you can take to actually make the move and become a Kiwi if that’s your ultimate goal.

If your goal is to move to New Zealand, your journey begins with a choice.

The first thing New Zealand’s immigration office needs to know is if you want to emigrate for work, study, investing, or joining family.

The path you go down will determine which kind of visa you’ll end up applying for.

For people looking to work, your best bet is to have a job already in hand.

If you have a job, the country has a number of options in terms of the kind of visa you can apply for. 

Two of the most popular for future residents are the Skilled Migrant and Long Term Skill Shortage visas.

Skilled Migrant visas are for people who want to “live and work in New Zealand indefinitely” and “have the skills to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.” New Zealand defines skilled employment as work that requires “specialist, technical or management expertise” and “meets a minimum pay threshold” — currently $25.30 an hour, or NZD $38.25 per hour.

Under normal circumstances, applicants must first send an Expression of Interest to New Zealand Immigration detailing their employment, work experience, and qualifications before being invited to apply. 

The Long Term Skill Shortage visa is for people whose skills fit one of the jobs listed on the New Zealand government’s immigration website.

The Long Term Skill Shortage visa is a good “try before you commit” option.

With this particular visa, you can work for 30 months in New Zealand in a position for which the country has a shortage of available talent. 

After 24 months of working in a job related to the list of skills, you can apply to become a permanent resident. You can also apply for another temporary work visa.

The list of needed skills is fairly comprehensive.

You can view the list here.

It includes jobs in construction, engineering, finance, health and social services, telecommunications, hospitality, science, and tradecraft. If an applicant’s skills don’t meet any of those listed, there are also paths to acquiring a visa through the arts, sports, and entertainment.

The next step is applying.

Once you’ve gathered all of the necessary documents, including a birth certificate, a (relatively) clean bill of health, references, and employment history, you have the option to submit the application either online or by mail.

New Zealand’s immigration office says online applications for the Long Term Skill Shortage visa are generally processed within six months.

Have hope, because your chances of getting approved when borders open back up are good.

According to a decade’s worth of visa statistics, far more applications get accepted than denied.

Between July 2019 and June 2020, 197,824 work visa applications were approved while 12,276 were denied.

In 2021, New Zealand Immigration will be replacing six temporary work visas with a new singular Temporary Work Visa; however, the process for reviewing applicant candidacy will remain largely the same, according to a fact sheet released by New Zealand Immigration.

If your work visa gets accepted, New Zealand has a few pieces of advice for moving.

Most people find temporary places to stay before settling into more permanent housing, especially if they anticipate moving around a great deal within the first two years.

The immigration office also recommends settling your new bank account before getting too deep into the move.

Once you arrive, enjoy New Zealand!

The country touts its cheap (and sometimes free) healthcare, sweeping views, easygoing climate, and friendly people. 

There are endless hills to hike, rugby matches to attend, and new culture to embrace.

For those who love it so much, they want to become citizens …

… most people (if they aren’t the child of a New Zealander) will need to gain citizenship by grant.

In order to be considered for citizenship, you have to be a resident for at least five years, know English well enough “to be able to hold a basic conversation,” have few, if any, marks on your criminal record, and have an understanding of “privileges and responsibilities of a citizen.” 

Most applicants are not called in for a personal interview, but there are certain fees involved. 

Your new status grants you the rights of any native New Zealander.

“They include the right to travel freely overseas and return on a New Zealand passport, full access to economic rights, and full access to educational scholarships and awards that are reserved for New Zealanders,” the immigration office states.

The only thing left is to enjoy life as a naturalized Kiwi.

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