Having reviewed several Immigration advisers, I followed previous recommendations on Expat forums, and contacted NZ Shores. We received a prompt reply, and a fair quote.
By working closely with our advisor, Tobias, who was friendly, patient, knowledgeable and thorough with our preparation, we succeeded in very smooth and very fast turnarounds for both my Skilled Work Visa, but also my family’s visas. The paperwork was flawless and ensured no reasons for Immigration NZ to question our application. The team at NZ Shores were available when needed, and small touches like the UK phone number and Skype really eased what is a stressful process. NZ Shores were great at prioritising the various documents they needed, and this really helped to feel organised and to see each small step building towards a complete package of paperwork. A worthwhile and valuable service that is highly recommended!
David & family
Thank you and please thank everyone else that assisted through the process. Will most definitely recommend yours and this of New Zealand Shores to anyone considering immigrating.
All the best,
David & Family
Willi & Daniela
We were very nervous meeting Sarah. This was because prior dealing with Sarah we had been dealing with another agency and we were left with the impression that getting residence was very complicated and we did not stand a chance.
Naturally dismayed, we approached Sarah for a second opinion and when leaving from the first meeting with Sarah, we looked at each other and said "why did we not contact Sarah sooner ?". While it is an extensive and complicated process, trusting Sarah with the work made our lives so much easier and worry free. We cannot thank you enough Sarah. New Zealand is our home now.
Willi & Daniela
LJ and Jason
Having made the big decision that we wanted to move to New Zealand, me being a kiwi and my husband being British we embarked on the many different websites that confused us greatly. Once we found Charlotte at New Zealand Shores all our problems were solved. Charlotte was highly professional, organised and she guided us step by step through the reams of paperwork. Charlotte took the stress out of the whole process and we had complete faith that she would get us a Residency visa.
Thanks to New Zealand Shores we arrive into Christchurch February 2017 and we can't wait!
Thank you Charlotte
Clare & Helen
Dear New Zealand Shores,
As we admire our shiny new Resident's Visas in our passports, we remember what it took to get us to this point. We were lucky enough to have had you recommended by other members of our family who had migrated to NZ, as from the outset the help, encouragement, support and guidance made the whole process much easier than if we'd done it ourselves.
Both Sarah and Charlotte kept us fully up to date with what was "going on", advised over courses of action surrounding the medicals and generally directed the whole process leaving us to simply provide what was asked for. It was stressful enough digging out documents from years back and lining up the necessary "proofs" required but I can't imagine what it would have been like if there wasn't someone to check it all over and say "yes that's fine" or "no, go and get something else". Sure, there are a lot of people who might say "just do it yourself" but when working a full time job, trying to pack up a house (or two!), dealing with ones tax returns the added stress of the whole application process is simply not necessary.
New Zealand Shores are the experts, and unless you enjoy being buried under a mountain of paperwork in addition to everything else you have to do before emigrating (applying for jobs, late night Skype calls with potential employers) why on earth would you not use the very reasonably priced services of New Zealand Shores?
In terms of communication, they were excellent. At any time when I asked a question, within a few hours I had an answer, from someone who knew my application, knew where it was in the system and could answer with authority what I needed to know. I am very grateful to New Zealand Shores for the help and guidance and successful outcome of our application. I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone who is thinking of moving to New Zealand to contact New Zealand Shores - you won't be disappointed!
Many, many thanks
Clare and Helen
Vinay & Nisha
Sarah and the team have consistently expedited courteous and prompt service to a very high standard in order that our NZ visa arrived on time. All the correspondence they submitted to us exemplified such high calibre and credibility that we would highly recommend their services as the first point of call to anyone looking to move with their loved ones to NZ.
They work long hours and respond to all queries promptly in order to reassure that even in the most stressful times their immigration knowledge is superior and the service is second to none. Perfection from beginning to end. We would highly recommend NZ shores professional immigrant expertise!
Engaging the services of New Zealand Shores was the best decision we made when we decided to move to New Zealand. Sarah and the team made a very complicated stressful process, so much easier. The Team guided us through everything and were always available to contact. It was very re-assuring to have such great communication from Sarah and the team.
My case was particularly complicated and would've been impossible to complete without New Zealand Shores tireless efforts.
I would highly recommend securing the Services of New Zealand Shores. For peace of mind, minimum application duration (which is still months, but would've been well over 1/2 years without Sarah's guidance) and guarantee correct procedures are followed (inevitable mistakes you make without help are very costly time wise and financially).
Me and my family are forever in your debt.
Thank you so much!
When I first contacted Sarah I was going through an interview process without having any idea if I was eligible for immigration. I tried contacting several other agencies by email and the few that answered back demanded huge fees for this initial assessment. NZ shores provided me the assessment for free and in a timely fashion and put my mind at ease that I could go ahead with the interviews because not only was I eligible for work I was also for residency.
After I secured my job offer Sarah guided me through each step of the paperwork, all the information and requirements were presented in a very clear and organized manner and whenever I had any questions I would just send an email and Sarah would always reply promptly. I'm particularly pleased with the email communication as with a lot of service providers you have to make phone calls because emails take days if they are ever replied back.
In a couple of weeks I got my work visa approved and after one month here in New Zealand I already got my residency also approved.
Thank you Sarah and the NZ Shores team for making this dream possible! =)
Claire, Dave, & Tyler
Dave, Tyler, Chompski the cat, and myself would like to thank you and your team for all of your help and advice on our move to New Zealand. Using your services made the move happen far quicker and smoother than it would have been if we had tried to do it ourselves.
We have been in NZ for 2 weeks now and have settled into our new rental home in Howick which has lovely panoramic views of the city. Tyler is registered to attend school after the Easter break and we have purchased
a car and are finding our way around easily.
Thank you again for all of your help very much appreciated.
Lisa & Jonny
We decided to try and make the move to New Zealand 4 years ago, we went to a number of 'expeditions' and were told that the only way were likely to be able to make the move was through studying. We also tried a number of 'advisers' who dismissed us or never replied.
After getting a student course sorted, I looked for immigration advisers to support us with an application, this is when I found New Zealand Shores. They were amazing with us, had so much time for us, and also found that there were other options for us rather than the student way.
Sarah answered all our questions, believe me there was a lot!! Everything was explained to us and we decided to make the move. Through working with NZ Shores we have now settled in New Zealand, nothing was too
much, we can not praise NZ Shores enough.
Moving to New Zealand with 2 toddlers was a frightening thing but knowing that all the paperwork and liaisons was taken care of was a huge worry off our mind and we were able to concentrate on our family and the moving.
If anyone I knew was looking to immigrate I would recommend NZ Shores, the service they offer is up there with the best I have ever dealt with. Nothing was too much for them. We are so thankful to have worked with NZ Shores, they are amazing!
We highly recommend using NZ Shores when thinking of moving to NZ. Moving countries can be very stressful, especially with a small toddler. Sarah supported us every step of the way, we were able to get the exact documentation in place before entering New Zealand and once my husband got a job offer in place, the visa application went extremely smoothly. With Sarah's experience in immigration, she knows all the tricks of the trade and this was very obvious with the speed we received our residency. We landed September 8th in NZ and had our residency on the 11th of December. Thank you Sarah, this would not have been possible without you and your team.
Alex & Moe
Sarah has been so helpful all along the whole process to help us getting our New Zealand permanent residency. She has a strong knowledge of all the little things that you need to know before applying, making the process really easy. She was always there to respond to all our questions, and we had quite a few, always reassuring us. We will never thank her enough as she was really the one that help us to achieve our goal to live permanently in NZ.
I would recommend her services to anyone, if you need some help at some point, and you will, don't hesitate, you won't regret it, Sarah is truly a gem.
Adam, Amanda, Peter, Katie & Jo UK
I cannot recommend New Zealand Shores highly enough.
Once we decided to take the plunge and try and move to New Zealand I researched lots of websites and blogs and New Zealand Shores were the name that kept popping up. I decided to telephone Sarah and chat to her regarding the process.
Although I was confident that, due to doing administration as a job, I could have dealt with the paperwork myself, I was very soon aware that Sarah's expertise and deep knowledge of the immigration process would be invaluable. And it was.
So just after Christmas we signed up and the whole process began. We were ready to apply in March and came out of the EOI draw on 5 March and we were then on the airplane moving to New Zealand on 2 September !
Sarah was there to answer any question (and I did have lots) , everything was dealt with quickly and efficiently. I did not find the time difference a problem as I am a night owl so I was always up when the office opened. In fact there were a couple of occasions when instead of laying in bed awake thinking about something I wanted to ask I simply got up and called Sarah who put my mind at ease and I then returned to bed for a good night's sleep!!!
I have already passed Sarah's name onto several friend and do so with utter confidence. Thank you New Zealand Shores for starting us this amazing adventure.
Bharath and Sindhura
We are very much thankful to you and the services you have offered to us. To be honest, without you this would not be possible. You have given us a new start in our lives. And thank God we are doing really well and will continue to do so.
If you remember, we spoke to you exactly around this time last year. We were desperately praying for a miracle to happen and change our lives. Today, exactly after one year we are here in a very comfortable positions. We will remember your help for ever.
Thank you so much...........
Fiona & Peter
Moving to a new country and trying to understand & work through the immigration process can be a hugely daunting task. The personal level of service Sarah Crome and her team at New Zealand Shores gave us every step of the way made this a fairly stress-free process. Sarah is such a lovely warm, caring person, and was always available to address any concerns we had in a timely & professional manner. We would highly recommend using New Zealand Shores for your move to NZ!
Sumalatha & Knut
We did a huge amount of research including interviewing a number of agencies that could help us with our visa application. No one were even close to New Zealand Shores. We felt very comfortable in engaging NZ Shores and this proved right. A very competitive price, high quality of services, we were always kept informed and any challenges that presented itself was well managed by NZ Shores. It is also very easy to provide information using the NZ Shores Web site. We wanted a consultant that could take care of the whole process for us and that is exactly what we got.
Katie & Mark
We came to New Zealand on a working holiday initially and after living and working here for a year we decided we wanted to stay. We researched on the internet and found all the information on immigration very confusing. A friend suggested we contact Sarah from New Zealand shores to get advice on how we could go about staying.
From the very beginning Sarah took all the confusing information out of it and made it very simple to understand what we needed to do. We began the whole process of residency with New Zealand Shores in October 2011 and by the end of January 2012 it was all completed. Sarah was helpful every step of the way even when I found it stressful and worried about all the paperwork she answered even my silliest of small questions.
Sarah handled all the paperwork so professionally and efficiently I think I would still be sitting here trying to understand it all if it wasn't for her. She was also caring and made us feel like we weren't just another application. Even two years later she also helped with the final step in gaining our permanent residency, while also enquiring how our new life in New Zealand was going.
I cannot recommend New Zealand Shores highly enough, their service is second to none.
Thank you to Sarah & the team! :)
Werner & Rene
What a pleasant experience it was since the first moments we started dealing with New Zealand Shores.
My husband & I started looking at immigration to New Zealand & came across New Zealand Shores, Sarah Crome got in touch with us, explaining how it works & how to complete the points calculator etc.
After the assessment, Sarah contacted us saying that we've got enough points, from that moment on Sarah answered all our questions on anything we could think about, from what the country is like, health to living costs - you name it we've asked it and Sarah handled us with great professionalism & made us feel at ease & welcome without even being in the country and without paying a cent for all the questions.
We had skype calls & normal calls from Sarah while we were still in South Africa, helping us through the whole procedure from getting all the documents ready to what happens when you set foot on New Zealand.
Not once did we have to follow up or chase anything, Sarah kept us informed and did more than her best to get everything sorted in a short amount of time. Because we had enough points, she arranged our Permanent Residency within 2 months, it was such a comfort, just knowing that someone else cared for your and cared about how you are settling in in the new country.
We got a couple of calls from Sarah after everything was finalized just to make sure that we are ok.
Thank you New Zealand Shores and Sarah for the great service, friendliness, hours of talk & answering questions & just making us feeling welcome & cared for from the start.
You are an awesome team, whom we would recommend easily.
Adam & Bethan
We decided to move out to Auckland when we received a job offer and contacted a couple of migration agents for advice about how we could get a temporary work visa. Not only did Sarah come back straight away, much quicker than anyone else, she went that extra step further and explained how easy it would be for us to get permanent residency, something that others were not as quick to mention.
Sarah and Charlotte have been brilliant throughout the process - they always gets back to us straightaway and are happy to answer all of our many questions - believe us, we have asked quite a few! They are so efficient and responsive (even emailing us late evening their time to make sure we are up-to-date with progress) and provide really straightforward and user-friendly advice, which is very welcome when trying to understand the mind boggling visa process. They really know how the immigration process works.
We had quite a tight timescale involved but the team secured our temporary visas extremely quickly and are working on our permanent residency, which we hope to get in the next few months. Using Sarah and Charlotte has completely taken the stress off our shoulders, which couldn't be more appreciated when doing something so big as moving half way around the world!
I used New Zealand Shores to help me successfully apply for a Partnership Work Visa, and a Resident Visa. Having their professional help was beneficial for me because at one point I ended up needing an interim visa as well, and I would not have known what to do on my own. It was also nice to have them tell me which relationship evidence and how many documents to include.
It has been a pleasure to work with Sarah Crome from New Zealand Shores.
She demonstrated a very high competency and assisted me and my whole family in the better way. She helped us a lot to join New Zealand from Italy assisting us with the bureaucracy and quickly answering all the questions. All her team worked consistently with us and the information provided were always clear and exhaustive.
Vino, South Africa
I would like to thank Sarah and Allan for assisting with my relocation from SA to NZ. Although it was a stressful time trying to adjust to a new country but with Allan’s assistance with the job hunting and Sarah’s assistance with the paperwork to immigration, life was so much easier. Within a timeframe of 4 months I received my work visa and my residency 2 months later. I would recommend New Zealand Shores to anyone considering relocating to NZ, not only for the professional services you will receive but for the beautiful country that it is.
Andy & family, Ireland
Thanks to Sarah and her Team for all her hard work in dealing with the mountains of paperwork and all our questions prior to our successful visa grant. Sarah was extremely patient when explaining all the visa options to us step by step. Service was fast and efficient and communication second to none. Sarah has helped myself and my family secure work visa in a very short time scale due to hard work and efficient processing, which in turn is now leading to our Permanent Residency application. Would recommend anyone to use New Zealand Shores if they are looking for service and expertise of the highest level.
Paul & Helen, UK
We contacted Sarah after discovering the New Zealand Shores website in early 2010. After an initial email exchange and then a Skype call, we were convinced that Sarah and New Zealand Shores would be invaluable as we transitioned from the UK to New Zealand. Our challenge was to relocate with 5 children aged between 2 to 19. With Sarah's help we started to application process in June 2010 and we arrived in December 2010, and were residents by April 2011. Any minor hiccups were immediately sorted by Sarah and her advice was always easy to understand and follow.
We have now lived in New Zealand for nearly 4 years and we are all happily settled in Mount Maunganui. Our children have all rapidly fitted into the education system and are all doing very well. We are all living the Kiwi dream. Helen and I would unreservedly recommend New Zealand Shores.
Carole & Stephen
Having decided we wanted to move to NZ, we were concerned about using an agency, as you hear so many horror stories. Sarah was just amazing. She told us straight up what to expect. She was upfront, professional and had us so organised. She gave us such a personal service. We had a job offer within a week and a half, having only applied for six! Having Sarah deal with Immigration directly, alleviates alot of the stress and makes the process so much easier. Sarah kept in touch after our residency came through to see how we were settling into kiwi life, such a thoughtful touch! Cannot recommend New Zealand Shores more. In fact, we have recommended them already to some of our friends!
Jo & Darren
We used the excellent services of New Zealand Shores at the start of our immigration journey over three years ago. From the first contact to getting the stamps in our passports Sarah never wavered in her confidence that we could realise our dream of moving to New Zealand.
Sarah showed excellent professional boundaries, she never said she could get us extra points, get us pulled out of EOI pool or find us a jobs, it was those clear and professional boundaries that made us feel extremely comfortable engaging with Sarah. If any consultant says they can, before engaging with them, contact New Zealand Shores for some proper advice!!!
The great thing about having an immigration consultant based in New Zealand is they can talk to prospective employers in real time. Once I had secured my role, Sarah was able to talk to my employer about the visa process, timings etc. That's a real plus as many employers may still be unsure of the process and be put off from hiring from outside of NZ.
The other great thing is New Zealand Shores are here in New Zealand, they get how CVs should be set out, what information cover letters should contain. It's the small hints and tips Sarah offered along the way that turned out to completely invaluable.
Our process was stalled slightly, however with Sarah's expert advice and sound knowledge of immigration law, our process was back on track. We now proudly live in New Zealand and in part that was due to the expert, prompt, excellent service and support we received from Sarah and the rest of the team at New Zealand Shores.
Sarah at New Zealand Shores came highly recommended from a fellow migrant, and I'm grateful we connected. I'd already started the immigration application process on my own and my complicated situation left me wondering how to answer questions and whether my children and I would be able to get NZ residency. Sarah was effective and efficient in collecting information and eased my fears about our status. We got our residency less than a year after applying, I've recommended Sarah to several other new migrant friends, because she's easy to work with and really knows her stuff.
I arrived in NZ on a tourist visa with the intention of investigating residency visas as my wife and children are kiwis. I found the forms and visa options a bit of a minefield. It was unclear the right path to tread. I called New Zealand Shores, after a chat they put my worries to rest and guided me with ease through the complex process. I received my visas with no trouble at all and now live here. Im a happy customer... I highly recommend them.
Moving to the other side of the world was always going to be stressful - or so we thought! Sarah could not have been more helpful with every aspect of our visa process. She was happy to Skype and answer silly little questions via email - and we had a lot! Everything Sarah did put us at ease, and we kept wondering when the stress would kick in. Upon arrival here in NZ, Sarah and her team are still helping us with any queries that we have. New Zealand Shores service is second to none and I would thoroughly recommend their services to anyone considering emigrating to New Zealand.
Paul & Paula, UK
The whole process of moving your life to another country is not the easiest you can take on but New Zealand Shores made it as smooth as it could have been. Sarah was incredibly patient and dealt with all our queries with ultimate professionalism. Despite the time difference between NZ and UK, we received quick responses to our e-mails and our worries were quashed without delay. The Immigration process was laid out very clearly to us and the pricing structure was both clear and accurate throughout. We have been in New Zealand for 7 months now and have settled well with new jobs and about to buy our own home. It has been a good move for us and New Zealand Shores supported us all the way.
Paul & Sammy, UK
Sarah made the move so easy! We just sent all our documents and she basically did the rest. Even two years on, Sarah has been extremely helpful on another migration matter. I would highly recommend New Zealand Shores to anyone that wanted to migrate to new Zealand: a first class efficient service where nothing is too much trouble, especially when migrating is a highly stressful procedure. Your expert help make it well worth it.
Gerard & Ann
My wife and I decided to come over to New Zealand at Christmas while visiting my brother in Perth, Australia ,when we there we were told if you can get a job offer it would be easier to get a visa. We at first thought catch 22, so did some home work and came across New Zealand Shores. After a lengthy conversation with Sarah, she pointed me in the right direction even though we hadn't signed to them, so with the info she had given I sent my CV to a number of firms and when I had some replies we decided to enlist their help and Sarah liaised with the firms I had replied to. I can only work off my own experiences but I think I would still be sending letters out. We signed to New Zealand Shores in February and I have been here in Auckland since and still loving it.
We had a dreadful time with the previous company we used, they were very dishonest and did not give us the right advice, which meant that I missed out on having a work visa from the moment that we entered New Zealand, which would have made the whole process a lot easier. I was very happy to find New Zealand Shores .... I jumped ship and have worked with them ever since.
As a person Sarah is very caring, professional, honest and responsive to her clients needs, she really does get the job done, whilst providing a huge amount of support when its most needed.
After all, moving countries is probably one of the most rewarding and scary things that anyone can do.
I really do feel that the service that New Zealand Shores and Sarah provided were worth every penny.
Peter N, UK
We contacted Sarah at New Zealand Shores when our visa application was stalled and we were at our wits end. Sarah responded immediately and we were very impressed with her knowledge and understanding of our situation. Sarah balanced empathy with solid pragmatism and took away the ‘emotion' that we had built into the application. Sarah provided a clear road map for us to follow and sensible advice on the steps that we had to take. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sarah to anyone who found themselves in our situation and suggest that anyone who is considering a new life in New Zealand would do well to consult Sarah very early in the process.
Andrew & Anna
We’ve found New Zealand Shores to be brilliant in doing everything they can to ensure the success of our application. The understanding, hard working, never-say-die attitude made all the difference! We really couldn’t recommend them high enough!
I was at first hesitant to consult an immigration adviser having heard a few horror stories of others’ experiences but New Zealand Shores came highly recommended. Having taken the plunge I wouldn’t have done things differently. Sarah and the team made things painless and easy, offering reassurance where needed and helping get everything required together for my residency application. The news of it being accepted was timed perfectly too; receiving it at our office’s Christmas barbecue about half an hour after finishing for the season. Beer in hand and good company to celebrate! I’ve already recommended New Zealand Shores to one friend and another is looking to apply for residency in April whom I’ll be pointing in the right direction. Thanks to the team for all their hard work.
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