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Friday, October 20, 2006

“There are lots of jobs around, but migrants are too picky which is why they can’t find jobs.”

I saw this comment in a “letter to the editor” in one NZ paper the other day. Although there is some truth to this statement (in certain cases), I have to say that it is misguided and unduly puts the blame on the migrant. Readers who see this statement and who know nothing about NZIS rules and regulations might be quick to agree when in reality it is not the fault of migrants if they are choosy when job hunting.

Some migrants are choosy because they have no choice. I’m referring to migrants who arrive NZ with a 6 month Work-To-Residence visa. What this means is that they only have 6 months to find a job related to their qualifications. Meaning, if one is a teacher, he/she must find a teaching job. It cannot just be a job at the supemarket or at McDonalds. If it is not a teaching job, the 6 months visa won’t be converted to a Permanent Residence Visa and therefore their validity to stay in NZ expires.

It used to be that WTR visas have a validity of 2 years. Okay pa sana kung 2 years. At least pwedeng tumanggap ng kahit anong trabaho during the first few months “just to get by” at habang naghahanap ng ibang mas angkop na mapapasukan. But with NZIS cutting the time to just 6 months, that luxury of time is gone.

Kakainis nga ang NZIS, parating binabago ang mga rules. Ang masaklap yung rules parating pahirap sa mga migrants. Parang laro ng basketball. Nung una, 12 minutes ang bawat quarter. Napansin yata na kapag mahaba ang playing time nakakahabol ang kalaban sa second half. Kaya pinalitan ang rules. 3 minutes na lang bawat quarter. Running time, walang timeout, at wala ring substitution.

But that's the good news! At least one is allowed to play. Because the bad news is, bukas makalawa pwede nilang baguhin ulit ang rules. O kaya naman, baka maisipan na lang itigil lahat ng palaro.

21 Comments:

  • I agree, Ka Uro. Magkakaroon nga ng misconception sa unang basa pa lamang ng headline na iyan. Para bang napaka-te-arts ng mga migranteng manggagawa.

    Pero as usual, may tama ka. :-) Para kasi sa iba, wala silang ibang choice kung hindi ang maging choosy.

    Happy Weekend!!!

    By Blogger Rhada, at 5:37 PM, October 20, 2006  

  • Kung laging nagbabago ang rules jan meaning may progreso ang bansa. at least madaling mapalitan at i-akma sa panahon.

    hindi katulad sa atin, bulok na bulok na ang sistema ng bansa, hindi pa palitan, kapag may naka-isip na palitan, madami ang kontra.

    By Blogger Mmy-Lei, at 6:37 PM, October 22, 2006  

  • Countries with developed economies can change policies immediately to suit the need of the times.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:41 PM, October 23, 2006  

  • ka uro magtatanong lang po, halos kapareho lang po ba ang sistemang yan sa bansang australia??

    carol =)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:16 AM, October 24, 2006  

  • rhada,
    thanks for the comment. hope you had a good weekend too.

    mmy lei,
    sa atin madami ang gumagawa ng batas. parating binabago pero wala yatang sumusunod.

    carol,
    maraming hawig sa aussie ang policies ng nz. pero marami din pagkakaiba. i think yung WTR wala nun sa aussie.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:07 AM, October 24, 2006  

  • Hi! to all again kababayan, sa aking palagay ka uro this is not the best time to migrate in NZ and I think sa ngayon hindi na nila kailangan ng mga migrants na walang JO parang palubag loob na lang eto sa kanila sa mga walang JO sinasabing WTR(6 months validity), ok lang eto kong ikaw ay single pa sa buhay pero kong pamilyadong tao ka mahirap etong e-consider, pero kong mapilit ka parin nasasa inyo na yon.

    By Blogger gelo, at 8:29 PM, October 25, 2006  

  • Hi to All, eto nga ang dahilan kaya nag dadalawang isip kami na e lodge application namin,imagine mag aantay ka ng almost 2 years at nag invest ka ng malaking money for the application tapos 6 months lang ang ibibigay sayo, halos mga 3 to 4 months na lang matitira para maghanap ka work na suited sa profession mo, pano kung hindi ka nakahanap? di babalik ka ng Pilipinas na luhaan buti kung tatangapin ka uli ng dati mong company which is impossible.
    Ka uro sayong observation sa mga kababayan natin na bagong dating dyan, within 3 months nakakakuha ba sila agad ng work suited sa kanilang profession?
    Sana itaas naman nila ulit kahit 12 months.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:35 PM, October 27, 2006  

  • tama ka gelo, kung family man ka sobrang
    gamble talaga gagawin mo ang hirap isapalaran.

    By Anonymous Angie, at 9:40 PM, October 27, 2006  

  • Nearly two years ago I was telling my friends that if they wanted to move elsewhere (the "anywhere but Pinas" resolve) they ought to consider NZ fast, while NZ was still open for migration. At that time, Canada already had a 4 to 5 year waiting process for migrants. NZ had among the fastest migration times (12 to 24 months from application to approval), with or without a job offer. Like Canada, NZ also welcomed families and not just skilled workers. More importantly, NZ seemed more open to accepting skilled migrants and giving migrants a chance to show off their areas of expertise. (Again, unlike Canada at that time, where many migrants already spoke of similar experiences of being unable to land jobs due to the lack of either 'Canadian experience and/or Canadian education'.)

    Sadly for Pinoys dreaming of moving to NZ, their policies tightened up since last December. Gelo is correct when he concluded that now is not the best time to migrate to NZ---unless you have a valid job offer. Right now, it is only easy and quick to move to NZ if one manages to land a job offer. If not, one will spend thousands on the application process and end up only with a six month work permit--- 6 months to move to NZ, find a job that pays a minimum of $40K(NZD)/annum and stay in that job for at least three months. Those are the requirements before one can apply for permanent residency to NZ. Right now, for those without job offers, moving to NZ is not only costly, it is also a real GAMBLE.

    GETTING a Job Offer is not impossible, but one must have specialized skills or skills that are in the "shortage list". (There is a list of these at the NZIS website, and these are updated every few months.)

    Right now, Pinoys aspiring to move out of the country would do well to look at other countries as well, not just NZ. At the rate that NZ is fine tuning its immigration policies, they might have better chances in places where they thought were harder to get into. Like Australia.

    By Blogger Sassafras, at 8:52 AM, October 28, 2006  

  • Hi!, I agree with you sassafras, excellent!!! parehas yata tayo ng opinion mukhang magka-soul mate tayo ah.. hehehehehehe..

    By Blogger gelo, at 7:51 PM, October 29, 2006  

  • hi gelo, angie and sass,
    i can't disagree with all of you. your observations are very valid.


    hi anonymous,
    depende siguro sa profession. may madaling makahanap ng job, meron din mahirap. yung mga nasa IT at technical field, mabilis makahanap, as in less than 2 months. pero yung mga accountant at nasa office jobs, medyo natatagalan.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:50 AM, October 30, 2006  

  • How about po yung CAD Engineer wd 15 years of experience, limitado kasi leave ng husband ko, how sure na makakakuha sya ng job, wd in a month, opt din kasi namin, dumaan ng Consultant, pero laking pera po, ang bibitawan, working pala kami pareho sa UNDP. ty

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:51 PM, November 23, 2006  

  • try mong mag-search sa seek.co.nz para magka-idea kung in-demand ang skills mo. realisitically, you have to allow more than a month to find a job.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 4:08 PM, November 23, 2006  

  • How is the cost of living sa NZ... planning to bring family with me if I move there...

    By Anonymous Philippines Classified Ads, at 7:18 AM, April 06, 2007  

  • Hello po, ask ko lang po paano naman po ung mga teacher madali lang po kaya makahanap ng work? Blak po kc namin sabay sabay n kami family jan magpunta. Thanks po

    By Blogger bennice, at 8:03 PM, August 01, 2011  

  • hi bennice,
    hindi madali makahanap ng work as teacher. usually ang hinihanap kasi ung may nz experience. it is also not advisable na sabay-sabay kayo pumunta ng nz. it is more practical na mauna muna ang isa then kapag may job na, sumunod na lang ang iba. i suggest you read the migrants handbook "from carabao to sheep".

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 7:41 AM, August 02, 2011  

  • @ka uro
    Thank you po.

    By Blogger bennice, at 12:11 PM, August 02, 2011  

  • Sir KU, makikitanong na rin po sana, plano ko sana na kumuha ng student visa para makakuha ng 1 year diploma teaching in secondary science s nz university, for me to be enrolled nirerequire po nila na level 7 po sa nzqa at 6.5 ang ielts.Pag on-shore n ako jan, balak ko pong asikasuhin ung provisional teaching license ko s NTC jan s nz.Ang tanong ko po(1.) allowed po kya na mkpag- part time as teacher kapag binigyan na ako ng license to teach?kasi po allowed sa mga may student visa na makapagwork 20hr/week.(2.)Maari na po kaya yun as nz experience?(3)Nagbago na po ba ang rule ng nzis na after 1 year study- pwede n ipaprocess to PR as long as may skilled job na sa nz? Public (science )teacher po ako for 10 years na, may asawa at 3 years old na anak, balak po sana naming bumili ng foreclosed na lupa mula sa savings
    namin ngunit parang mas gusto ko sanang gamitin sa nz dream namin- na kung pagpapalain pa ay para na rin sa mas ikaaayos ng kinabukasan ng aming anak. Maraming salamat po, nawa'y dumami pa ang tulad nyo na hindi
    nagsasawa sa pagtulong sa kapwa. God bless you and
    your family more and more.
    -NES-

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:52 PM, August 02, 2011  

  • nes,
    1)i think u'll still need to get a work visa to be able to work. 2)part time work can be considered as nz experience 3)hindi ako familiar sa rule ng nzis. hanapin mo na lang sa http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/, pero i think pwede mag-apply ng PR as long as nakakuha ng skilled job. good luck

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 1:12 PM, August 02, 2011  

  • Sir KU
    Maraming salamat po uli.Matagal-tagal na rin po akong nag-eenjoy na nagbabasa ng blog nyo lalo na sa mga archives nyo, dahil marami po akong natututunan at nare-realize sa buhay; to think, prepare, and start our short term and long term plans with a great help of prayer.Thanks again...
    -NES-

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:14 PM, August 02, 2011  

  • Sir KU,
    The website is of great help, thanks again and more power!
    -nes-

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:24 PM, August 02, 2011  

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