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  • Stay updated with the latest news about New Zealand's Job Market and Immigration Issues.

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    Merry Christmas from the NZIC Team As 2014 is drawing to a close we like to take the time to look back and reflect on the past year. It has been an exciting one for our team, with a lot of positive developments, which we would like to share with you, our clients and future clients.

    There have been travel adventures and new temporary offices in Paris and Milan. NZIC has become a member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce , we have

    attended the UK Migrant EXPO in London and Manchester and finally - our new website. Have a look, the new design will make it a breeze to access information and we are constantly adding to it, so stay tuned.

    Have you ever wondered how others have made the move to New Zealand? Read our Migrant Interviews. It might give you an insight into what the process is like and how working with us can help you make it so much smoother.

    And finally (and long overdue), we would like to welcome Susan Oakden to our team. Susan, originally from the UK, has lived in New Zealand for 12 years now and is assisting our team with administration and client liaison. She is also the friendly voice on the phone, so give us a call, she will be happy to talk to you.

    Christmas in New Zealand is of course less about snow and more about sun, swims and barbeques on the beach or in the backyard. From December onwards thousands of Kiwis get ready for their annual holiday, looking forward to endless summer days on the beach or in the bach (the original Kiwi holiday house), games of backyard cricket, fishing, hiking, shorts and jandals. The Pohutakawa trees will be in full bloom and many Pavlovas will be consumed. New Zealand Christmas Traditions might be different to your home country, but either way, enjoy this newsletter, have a lovely Christmas time - Winter or Summer - and a great start to the New Year. Some of the stories covered in this month's update are:

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  • Meet the Team

    Dr. Carsten Hallwass Director Licensed Immigration Adviser 200900212

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    Julia Cooke Licensed Immigration Adviser 200901849

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    New Zealand named world's best country Sweet As - A video that will make you smile The most welcoming countries in the world The Final Hobbit World Corruption Ranking Employment News Immigration News - Latest EOI Selection, Policy and Skill Shortage List Updates

    New Zealand named world’s best country (again) Source: UK Telegraph

    New Zealand was announced as the UK Telegraph readers’ favourite country, with votes cast by almost 90,000 people in the widest-ranging travel survey of its kind. [...] “Too often a lot of people go to a destination where ultimately it is never as good as the brochure, whereas in New Zealand we think people come and get an experience that is better than the brochure.” The country has now won the best country category on several occasions. For a full list of the winners and the awards, see Telegraph Travel Awards 2014

    The Spirit of New Zealand - This will make you smile Source: 100% Pure New Zealand

    'Sweet As' was a finalist in the 'Your Big Break' competition a global search for the next great filmmaker. Their task was to capture the spirit of New Zealand in a 3 minute short film. Judged by Peter Jackson and produced by multi Academy Award winner Barrie Osborne. Click here to watch the short clip and enjoy.

    The most welcoming countries in the world New Zealand does very well in the Friendliness Index, with an impressive 91% of survey participants agreeing that Kiwis are a friendly bunch. A similar percentage of expats (88%) think that Kiwis have a friendly attitude towards foreign residents. Read more.

    Calling all Middle Earth Fans The much anticipated release of the final Hobbit film this month marks the end of a 15-year journey to Middle-Earth, which began with the blockbuster Lord of the Rings trilogy released in the early 2000s. Watch the trailer here and let it yet again take you to remote and mysterious

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    A few thoughs about the Visa Application Process

    The visa process is not quick, cheap or easy. You might want to think of it as your toughest ever job application. You need to present your best case.

    You need persistence and patience. There are many people in the immigration pipeline to New Zealand and you will be part of the queue. It's normal to feel frustrated at times - especially after months of silence from the authorities.

    You must complete the application forms perfectly. Don't consider taking shortcuts. An application that is only 99% correct will be rejected 100% of the time. Once rejected, you go to the back of the queue again.

    The number 1 cause of failed visa applications is filling in the forms incorrectly, or filling in the wrong forms.

    You need to be up to date with the rules. New Zealand's immigration system is subject to frequent changes.

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    places around New Zealand where the filming took place.

    New Zealand second in world's least corrupt countries

    Source: Transparency International, December 2014

    Transparency International has ranked New Zealand in second place for least perceived corruption, beaten by Denmark with a score of only 1 point. 175 countries ranked based on the presence of corruption in the public sector. New Zealand continues to have a strong track record when it comes to having an open and transparent government.

    For many of you 2015 may be the year to pack your bags and make the move to New Zealand. For the majority of you, finding a job is going to be at the top of the 'to do list' and it is highly recommended to come prepared. Stay informed with our job market news and talk to us if you would like to know more about the job market in New Zealand.

    Short-term employment forecasts: 2014-2017 Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

    Employment forecasts over the 3 years to March 2017 are presented in this report. These employment forecasts will be used to inform the Ministry’s advice relating to immigration priorities, and priority setting for tertiary education and industry training over the next 2-3 years.

    Key points are:

    Employment is forecast to grow by 2.4% between 2014 and 2015 March year, by 2.2% between 2015 and 2016 and by 1.6% between 2016 and 2017 The unemployment rate is forecast to decline, falling to 5.3% by March quarter 2015 then declining gradually to 5.1% by March quarter 2016 and dropping further to 4.8% by March quarter 2017 Strong employment growth is forecast in the construction and utility industry over the next 2-3 years Growth in demand for employment in highly skilled occupations (mostly managers and professionals) will be higher than the overall employment growth.

    The full report can be read here.