Immigration New Zealand: Patience, please...

on May 31, 2011

IT IS DONE!!!! I finally sent probably about a kilogramm of paperwork to Immigration New Zealand. Now all I can do is wait for them to process it - and patience really isn't something I've come to understand in these past 29 years... I have exactly 45 days left on my current visa. But as I was once again assured by a justice of peace I will automatically be granted a so called "bridge visa" that extends my current one up to the point when immigration makes a decision about my application. Since it takes them approx. 60 days I should have at least two months left in my newly chosen home.

Meanwhile there is some sad news - Dan's grandma passed away last week :-(  The funeral is tomorrow - it will be the first one I attend since my beloved grandpa died a little more than 10 years ago. The whole family will be there. The good part is - since Dan's parents came over from Australia for the funeral I got to meet them a lot earlier than we'd thought. They are currently staying with us and though I haven't really seen much of them so far - with work and everything - I already like them lots. I just wish the circumstances to get to know each other would have been happier.

Also just got off the phone with my grandma. Since she's been in and out of the hospital for the last few months I am pretty worried about not seeing her again. She wants to make it to 90 which would give me a few more years but unfortunately she's not the only one making that decision... I guess I can only hope that I'll see her again despite my decision to stay in New Zealand much longer...

Immigration New Zealand: The countdown has begun...

on May 26, 2011




I may not always acknowledge it but I think I actually do have the best brother in the world. He not only sent me a wonderful letter of support for my immigration application - along with it also came this picture that he took during his visit to New Zealand in March/April.

As for now I have done pretty much everything I can in order to make my application as perfect as possible. Now it is probably really down to good luck whether I will get a new visa or not. Counting yesterday I have 50 days left until my current Woking Holiday Visa expires and I would have to leave New Zealand to go back to Germany.

I made a final "adjustment" to my application today. By passing my Liquor Controller Qualification I have enabled myself to apply for a Duty Manager's Licence - a position that has been offered to me and will hopefully play an important role in my application showing immigration that I am a reliable, honest, hard-working and trustworthy person that will be a valuable addition to the country...

On Monday we will hopefully get an appointment with a justice of peace to certify all the relevant documents and then I can FINALLY sent the whole package off to immigration. And then all I can do is wait... and wait... and wait... that's going to be a horrible time...

Immigration New Zealand: Almost ready

on May 19, 2011

Just giving you all a little update on how my immigration process is going. In the last few weeks I not only passed my medical examination. I have also filled out about 50 pages of documents, burnt a CD with a few cute shots of Daniel and me and have received some wonderful letters of support from my friends over here. There is still a few things at work that need to be taken care of - which I will talk about once everything is settled - and then I should finally be able to send that huge and expensive package off to immigration.

Wish me luck!!! I have less than two months to go...

Immigration New Zealand: Good news!

on May 04, 2011

Once again I went to the doctor's today to see whether the second blood test for my immigration medical was reason to worry, too. But I got a green light from the medical staff: This time the test didn't show any abnormalities.

I HAVE PASSED MY IMMIGRATION MEDICAL!!!

What a relief, I can tell you. I think (and hope!) this was the biggest obstacle on the way to my new visa. Now I "just" have to fill out an approx. 40 pages long application - it's only four pages for Dan - and gather enough proof and evidence that Daniel and I actually are in a "stable" relationship, living together and more.

I have already received two supporting letters from friends and was quite overwhelmed about what they had written. My boss, too, keeps asking me for update because he really wants me to stay - especially with the Rugby World Cup coming up later this year. It feels really good knowing I have all these people behind me. Now all I need to do is convince immigration that there is no other option than letting me stay...