Frequently Asked Questions

We provide the whole spectrum of services for migration and settlement. This includes Temporary Residence Visas, Permanent Residence Visas, and Work Permits.
An assessment of your eligibility for various temporary and/or permanent visas or permits.
Advice and assistance in the preparation and processing of your migration goal either from within New Zealand or abroad.
Assistance in looking for work via our JobSearch service
Settlement plans designed around your personal requirements
Introductions to the professionals you will need once in New Zealand
o Lawyers & accountants,
o Doctors, dentists & medical specialists
o Real estate and rental agents,
o Recruitment firms
o Insurance brokers.
o Personal banking managers

Yes we offer a comprehensive performance guarantee for our full service clients.

100% on Professional Consultant Fees - money back refund

Should we assess you as being eligible for a visa and that visa is declined we will return to you 100% of the Compass Immigration Professional fees you have paid to us.
We provide this guarantee based on you providing us with correct & verifiable information in the Full Assessment questionnaire and subsequent information requests.

In the rare event that the application is declined, no refund will given if the application was declined (or not filed) for any one of the following reasons:

• Failure to disclose a medical condition or criminal conviction of any person included in the application.
• The presentation of any false or fraudulent documentation or information.
• Failure to provide us with independently verifiable evidence of exact dates of employment and job description by way of official service records issued by each employer.
• Owing to a change in Government residence policy prior to or after the filing of the residence visa/permit application.

If an application is declined for any of the reasons above clients are not be entitled to any refund of our disbursements application fees.

The guarantee does not extend to all categories of applications

Sorry but no. The online calculator only gives you an indication as to your available points to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The problem is that over half of applicants get this first step wrong, most over estimate the points they have and some under estimate. Either way this will put your EOI application at risk. Save the risk and use our comprehensive Eligibility Assessment Questionnaire.

According to the Immigration Service;
“The number of places available to migrants under the New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP) is reviewed by Cabinet each year. During the 2008/09 financial year the NZRP will be set at 45,000-50,000 places – the same level as last year.

Some 60% of the places available within the NZRP will be filled by skilled and business migrants, 30% will be used to reunite families applying through family categories and 10% will be used for humanitarian purposes and international commitments.

The number of places decided by the Government balances the needs of the labour market, New Zealand's ability to accept new migrants, and our international obligations.

The NZRP makes an important contribution to the skills New Zealand has in its workforce, leading to the growth of the economy. The programme is set in a way that is complementary to New Zealand’s temporary immigration policies and wider training and productivity initiatives.”

In a word.. No! The Immigration Service is tasked with enforcing the current policies under the Immigration Act, this does not include providing one on one assistance for prospective migrants. They will assume that you have read through and know all of the requirements of your application before applying; this can result in multiple requests back to you for further information, documents or proof of points claimed. This can be time consuming, frustrating and can ultimately put the success of your move to New Zealand at risk.

For most people getting a job is the only way they can generate enough points to apply for Permanent Residence depending on the policy under which they are applying. The specifics come down to a case by case assessment.

We have years of experience in dealing with international candidates and presenting them into New Zealand firms.

We offer the Compass JobSearch programme to assist you in locating a job in New Zealand.

There are many factors around finding a job that have an effect on the time taken. From experience we see many candidates being made an offer within 4-6 weeks. Therefore you need to ensure that you have the funds to afford the move and support yourself until that first pay packet come in.

It is very rare for a candidate to locate work without being based in New Zealand first.

New Zealand employers are very reluctant to offer jobs sight unseen. You may get a phone of a Skype video interview but unless you have a very rare skill set and an exceptionally strong CV you will need to get on a plane. From our experience most job seekers take between 4 to 6 weeks to secure their jobs, some can take much longer. Based on these timeframes popping over to New Zealand for a week for interviews doesn’t really work that well

There are a few reasons for this the main one being that the employer would like to meet you in person. It is said that a CV will get you an interview but the interview gets you the job. It is the interpersonal skills that far out way the technical skills in securing you the job. After interviewing hundreds of people through the years we can work with you on how best to present yourself and allow the employer to really see how you will be an asset to their company.

If you require an offer of employment our advice to you will be for you to book a trip to New Zealand, which will last at least 4 - 8 weeks to find a job. In many cases candidates that secure jobs can tie up the loose ends remotely and start work as soon as the work visa comes through.

You will need to have arranged your affairs for your move to New Zealand before looking for a job as employers will not want to wait another couple of months while you go overseas to sell your house or pack your goods up..

We work closely with clients but remember we are only part of the picture.

The Compass JobSearch programme is designed to provide you with the tools and information that you will need to locate employers that fit your profile.

1. Be organized with your immigration plans
2. Be committed to the move
3. Be clear in what you want
4. Be flexible on the role or location
5. Be here to interview and start

It depends on the requirements of your existing country. New Zealand allows dual passports but some countries require the holding of only one passport. To begin with your status as a New Zealand Permanent Resident does not affect your existing citizenship as Permanent Residency is a visa fixed into your existing passport.

If after 5 years as a New Zealand Permanent Resident you wish to apply for New Zealand citizenship you will need to assess the requirements of your existing citizenship at that time.

It depends on the type of permit you have been offered, it can be anywhere from a couple of months up to a year. The last date of entry into New Zealand will be clearly printed on the permit attached to your passport.

Absolutely, we have a licensed Immigration Consultant on staff that can assist you in looking at the available options. Just because the Immigration Service declines it does not have to be the end of your hopes and plans to live in New Zealand. Give us the details and we can give you an honest picture of your options and chances.

We offer a comprehensive Assessment Questionnaire that will give you the real answer for a nominal fee. Don’t trust the 5 minute tests as they will not provide you with the full story.

This depend on so many factors it is very hard to give any sort of meaningful answer.

Work permits can take as little as 10 days and up to 6 weeks. Permanent residency is expected to take 6 to 9 months but it can take much longer than this. We will reduce the areas that slow down most applications by working with you to provide the correct documentation, in the correct format at the correct time.

Timelines can push out in the case of health problems showing up unexpectedly, these need to be managed on a case by case basis.

Sorry to say but you are going to get what you pay for here. Most of those free assessments are little more that a marketing tool to get your details, these “free assessments” lack the real detail needed to provide an honest and accurate assessment.

The questions we ask are necessary for us to provide you with a complete assessment on whether you qualify to immigrate to New Zealand and which category is best suited for your application.

The fees charged are structured around the level of involvement, time and complexity of each case. We will provide you with a detailed no obligation quotation built around your specific application once we have reviewed your Full Assessment