We’ve taken 2 significant steps towards our journey to New Zealand: (1) Chris finished and sent off his visa application a few days ago, and (2) I’ve registered for the required English competency exam for my NCNZ RN registration. Yay!
Chris sent his application first for several good, well thought out reasons – for starters, he’s what’s considered a highly valuable immigrant. He has a PhD, has good earning potential, and the clincher – he has a job offer. I’m considered to be a highly valuable or highly skilled immigrant, too, but since I haven’t applied for any jobs, I don’t have any job offers (makes sense!). Our thinking is that since Chris falls into this category, it’s likely that his paperwork will be processed without too much difficulty or delay (cross your fingers). Then, once his visa has been approved, I’ll submit my paperwork. Since most governments favor keeping spouses together, it’s likely that my paperwork will be approved without too much trouble (again, cross your fingers!!!).
The other reason why Chris is filling out and submitting his paperwork first is because it’s recommended that I obtain my NZ RN registration before filling out any immigration documentation. Translation: I am going to have a heck of a lot more paperwork and fees to pay than Chris will. Once I receive my NZ RN registration, I have to apply for my practicing (or “practising”) certificate. The big hurdle is the registration – it requires the aforementioned English competency exam, an extremely long application, certified copies of my marriage certificate, passport, and US RN licensure, transcripts, proof of having practiced as an RN, letters of recommendation (2 professional, 1 personal), and a boatload of other stuff that I won’t bore you with. All told, it’ll cost just under $1,000 to get my NZ RN paperwork completed. I’ve heard that once all of the necessary documentation has been received, it may take only 3 weeks for processing to take place. I’ve also heard nightmare stories of it taking 9 months, and I’m really, really hoping that this doesn’t happen in my case. So like I said, I’ve taken my first small step and registered for my English competency exam, which takes place on August 8th in Chicago, a mere 8 days after our arrival in Indiana.
I could use some encouragement about all of this. The paperwork is intimidating and confusing, and I’m worried about staying organized. We’ve thought about paying a visit to the local New Zealand honorary consul (an outpost of the embassy) in Chicago, and we may still do this before our big move. I’m concerned about getting everything done, and I keep thinking of all the possible negative outcomes. I need to stop doing this and trust that all things will come together for good.
One more thing – if you have any horror stories or bleak experiences about moving to New Zealand or to another country, please don’t share them with me right now. I don’t want to dictate or limit what you say, but I really don’t care to hear about all of the bad things that could happen – I’m having no trouble coming up with plenty of scenarios on my own!
Have a great Monday, everyone 🙂