New immigration measures, designed to get migrants to settle outside Auckland came into effect this month (November 2015). Skilled migrant residence applicants will now get triple the bonus points, 30 points on their EOI if they plan to work outside Auckland. Entrepreneur residence applicants will get double points on their EOI if they plan to set up business outside Auckland. This is a big advantage as it will make it much easier for applicants to get over the 140 points threshold for being automatically selected from the pool.
Most immigrants traditionally stay in Auckland and other big cities for obvious reasons of finding employment and having larger ethnic communities. However, it may well be worth considering moving outside Auckland in order to find a job with the new points system.
Massey University immigration expert Paul Spoonley says: “If getting the points are a challenge to gain approval to settle permanently in New Zealand, then one strategy would be to agree to go to a non-Auckland centre or region.”
You may also be surprised by the ethnic diversity in other cities so you will have no issues fitting in or finding work. Diversity is growing extremely fast in many cities such as Hamilton and Southland (Invercargill).
Dr Wardlow Friesen, author of an Asia NZ Foundation report has found high proportionate increases in Asian populations outside Auckland. He states that between the 2001 and 2013 Censuses, the Southland region had the biggest percentage growth at 233 per cent – from 852 to 2838.
Opportunities for employment or business are also on the rise as the economy spreads out to the regions. There is a global trend towards decentralisation which goes along with increased technology. This decentralisation of the economy will increase as improved technology such as wireless nodes and public transport infrastructure makes these smaller areas more viable for business and more globally connected.
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