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Is it expensive to migrate?

It depends on the visa type, and if you have a job offer in place.

If your employer is willing to pay for your relocation, then it can be quite inexpensive to migrate!

However, we recommend that you budget for having to pay for your own relocation as this is more common. Depending on the size of your family and visa type, costs can range and therefore speaking to one our licensed immigration advisers will provide you with the information you need on the costs that are applicable to you.

Do I need a job offer to migrate or apply for a permanent residence visa?
It is ideal if you do, as it simplifies the visa process and increases your chances of success. That said, often people find this a bit chicken-and-egg, to have a visa you want a job, to get a job you need a visa. Some candidates apply without a job in place and then find a job when out in the country they migrate to, but most find a job first online and then follow through with the visa application.
If your skills are sought after, an employer will likely accept that you need to apply for a visa based on their job offer.
Starting the visa process will signal to an employer or a recruiter that you are serious about moving to Canada, New Zealand, the UK, or Australia, and if you are finding it hard to get a job offer from outside of New Zealand, you may need to consider planning a trip to New Zealand to meet up with employers and recruiters.
At what point do I need to pay for a visa or service?

We offer free evaluations and free initial assessments—either face-to-face or over the phone—so up to the point at which you have all the information about your eligibility and visa options, there’s nothing to pay. If you decide to proceed and you sign our service agreement to state that you want us to proceed with your application, you then have to pay your initial deposit + VAT or One time, we will confirm our fees in the free visa evaluation we complete and send to you by email.
We always advise clients to get the visa process started so they are visa-ready when they have a job offer in place. We will also put together an immigration strategy for you to follow, which will provide some guidance.

How can I find out more information before I proceed?

We expect you will have lots of questions and will be searching the internet for answers regularly. Other ways you can get answers is by attending one of our seminars or webinars; this is likely to answer all your burning questions about lifestyle, money, employment, visas, moving, and many other topics that others ask that you may not have even thought of!
The events are held often. Another method is to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or our website. We regularly post information around visas, lifestyle, the economy, industry news, and also just lots of good immigration news to keep you up to date.
Failing that, you are always welcome to email us at [email protected] or call us at +971 4 33 800 72.

What are the current prospects for employment in Canada?

Employers in the Canadian health care, engineering, and financial services sectors, construction and skilled trades, machining and heavy equipment operators, automotive, and agriculture industries are recruiting qualified individuals who are lawfully permitted to take up employment in Canada on a temporary or permanent basis. Many of these firms are currently advertising available positions in Canada’s leading newspapers, trade journals, and on the Internet.

What does Canadian permanent resident status confer?

Pursuant to the provisions of Canada’s constitutional laws, the holder of a Canadian permanent resident visa and his or her accompanying dependents are permitted to permanently reside in Canada and earn a livelihood in any one of the ten provinces or three territories within Canada. In addition, individuals with Canadian permanent residence may attend primary and secondary education institutions in the various provincially administered public school systems, tuition exempt. Permanent residents also qualify for provincially administered universal health care coverage.

Who is included in the application for permanent residence?

The application for permanent residence generally includes the applicant, their spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner, who is 16 years of age or older, and any unmarried children under the age of 19. Children over the age of 19 may, in prescribed circumstances, be included as accompanying family members.

Must an individual reside in Canada to maintain permanent resident status?

Current legislation provides that permanent resident status is maintained if a person is physically resident in Canada for at least 730 days (2 years) within any period of 5 years, or if other circumstances are met.
If not physically present in Canada, permanent resident status can be maintained while abroad if the Canadian resident is abroad with a Canadian citizen spouse or parent; with a Canadian employer; or with a Canadian permanent resident who works for a Canadian employer.
It is sufficient for a permanent resident to demonstrate at examination, if they have been a permanent resident for less than five years, that they can potentially meet the 730-day residency obligation with respect to the five-year period immediately after their arrival in Canada. An officer is not permitted to exclude the possibility that an applicant who has resided abroad for three years may still be able to comply with the residency obligation during the remaining two years of the five-year period.
Canadian residency rules are among the most flexible. In effect, one who is recently admitted as a permanent resident can theoretically leave Canada for up to three years after activating their resident visa to pursue their existing obligations while preserving their Canadian permanent residence throughout this initial period.

Are assets/personal net worth determining factors in the selection process?

Under the skilled worker class, applicants must provide evidence of sufficient funds for the family to travel and settle in Canada as measured against the current annual low-income cutoff (LICO) published by Statistics Canada.
A sum of approximately $25,000 would satisfy the requirements for a family consisting of the applicant, his or her spouse, and two children. Such evidence may be furnished immediately prior to visa issuance.
Exempt from this financial requirement would be applicants who have received an approved job offer in Canada.

What if the intended occupation requires registration/licensing?

There are several occupations in Canada that require registration and/or licensing as a condition of employment, a process that varies from province to province. However, the employment requirements, including occupational licensing, are not a requirement that must be met as a condition of immigration approval.

Where are applications submitted for Canada?

Applications for Canadian permanent residence under the Skilled Workers Class are initially filed inside Canada through the Centralized Intake Office—Case Processing Center in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Once approved, the application will undergo further processing at an appropriate immigration office outside of Canada that serves the country where the applicant is legally residing or the immigration office that serves the applicant’s country of nationality.

How long does the process take for New Zealand immigration?

It does depend on your skill set and the visa you’re applying through. For instance, if your skill is in high demand and there’s a job waiting for you, we can often fast-track you. Working holiday visas are also quick turnaround. Speaking to one of our licensed immigration advisers will provide you with the information you need on the timeframes that are applicable to you.

How easy it is to get a job in New Zealand?

This depends entirely on your employment history and skill set. If your current occupation is on the skills shortage list and you are qualified and experienced, there should be demand in New Zealand for your skill set.

How long does it take to get a permanent residence visa to immigrate to Australia?

Every application is different, and processing times largely depend on the type of visa being applied for. For the most recent guidelines for Australian visa processing times, see Global visa and citizenship processing times on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

How do I find out if I am eligible to apply?

Please click here for a summary of the current programs: 
Link for Australia Page
Link for Canada Page
Link for NZ Page
Link to Portugal Page
Then take a FREE initial check of your eligibility to be referred to our experienced consultants.

Will the immigration authorities or Embassy help me to prepare my application and make sure that everything is correct before applying?

No. This type of service is no longer provided by the government. The authorities exist to enforce the immigration law, make decisions on residence applications, and issue residence visas. Although basic information and application forms are available, the authorities are unable to provide independent advice and personalized guidance on your specific case. An immigration consultant can provide this kind of service.

Can the immigration authorities refuse my application?

Yes. A surprisingly large number of applicants are unaware of how strictly the immigration regulations are enforced and are often unnecessarily refused or delayed due to technical errors on their application or by submitting the wrong supporting documentation. So, the moral of the story is to consider seeking the professional guidance and independent advice of an experienced migration agent before lodging an application for residence. Migration agents exist to help you find the best way through the immigration maze and are highly effective at doing so.

My Migration Agent has assessed me as being eligible for residence in Australia. If I apply without his or her help, can I be certain of success?

No. Although you may fundamentally qualify under the immigration policy, you are by no means guaranteed of success. Your application must be prepared in accordance with the prevailing immigration regulations and submitted together with the appropriate supporting documentation to be approved by the immigration authorities. The ways in which to do this are not always clearly laid out by the immigration authorities and result in many applicants presenting their cases incorrectly, inevitably leading to refusal. So, you should consider seeking the advice of a registered migration agent.

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