NZ Update – Off, Off And Away!
So it’s fixed. Flights are booked for 25th September 2018. Container will probably leave start of the month. Woohoo!
Concerning the visa
After some communication with the EOI officers at immigration New Zealand it turned out I was eligible for a permanent resident visa. So we got that and then a visitor visas for the rest of the family. Once in NZ we’ll directly go for residence visas. Along the way we made quite a few mistakes (assuming we didn’t need the NZQA for the EOI and no medical exams for the kids for the visitor visas) so we lost a lot of time, nerves and digital medium of exchange (aka. money). Long story short: If you ever try this, do consider paying a little more and getting a professional adviser or be ready to spend a lot of time researching and throughly studying the application guidelines.
Concerning the flights
This one is pretty straight forward. Book flights as you usually would. One-Way this time. I’ll do another post one some tips concerning international flights with three lively kids. Spoiler: no sedating knock out medicine. Sorry.
Concerning the container
This one isn’t over yet it will be quite tricky because biosecurity in New Zealand is (rightfully) very careful. Any organic material, be it a little dirt under hiking shoes, may result in biosecurity fumigating your entire container. I don’t want that. More medium of exchange I’d prefer to keep and not that kind of stuff I’d like to have im my blankets. I’ll most definitely do a post on this one and link it here. Depending on whether you’ll be flighting economy class or not this one will probably be the most expensive single transaction you’ll do for this story of resettling. If you have a future employer to covers this. . . good for you!
That’s it for now. See you guys on the other side!
Image by Mantas Hesthaven