Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Immigrant Engineers

For aspiring migrant engineers to New Zealand and fellow migrant engineers wanted to gain network in the industry or need help with employment, I would suggest visiting the link below. The Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) formed this new group SIGIE (The Special Group for Immigrant Engineers) to assist immigrant engineers 

The aim of the group is to facilitate settlement of immigrant engineers into meaningful professional employment in New Zealand. Objectives include continued training, professional development, employment and career counselling and social and work opportunity networking.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


Saturday, July 30, 2011

Skilled Asian migrants giving the West cold shoulder

More professional and skilled Asians are giving New Zealand, Australia and other Western nations a wide berth, choosing instead to migrate to other Asian cities, a study has found.

"Asian professionals, who had aimed for labour markets in Western countries, have instead begun to emigrate in large numbers to East Asia due to the prosperity in these Asian economies."

Massey University sociologist Paul Spoonley said the annual net migration gain for New Zealand over the past 20 years was 12,000. But in the 12 months to May 31, the net gain was 4600, down from 18,000 the previous year.

"The things that we can offer are lifestyle, an English education and a New Zealand passport, so there are real advantages for New Zealand and we've got to stress those advantages."

Full article by Lincoln Tan

Below are my thoughts of the article above relating to Skilled Migrants here in New Zealand.

Given the ever changing immigration policies, high fees for immigration both to Government and immigration agent, the reality that there's not much work in New Zealand and the attitude of Kiwi employers towards migrants applicants, shade most of the issues behind this fall of numbers in migrants in New Zealand.

As a migrant here in New Zealand, I went through all of this immigration process that took me almost 3 years in preparation, landed in New Zealand and had the experience of difficult job hunting and difficult adjustment in work place and now struggling on high cost of living.

For me the fall of numbers of migrants in New Zealand is a good indicator that people are become aware of the real situation here in New Zealand. I've read a lot of stories of migrants and had a few friends that had been sent back to our Country because they cannot find a job in New Zealand, this is not restricted to Asian people alone but also people from South Africa, UK, etc.   

The following are the main issues about skilled migrant here in New Zealand based on my personal knowledge;

Firstly, Immigration New Zealand needs to re-evaluate or re-assess their skill shortage lists to ensure that they will only invite people related to the skills they required. This way, it is fair to aspiring migrants who spend their hard end money or worst sell their properties that most migrants do to pay immigration fees, consultant fees, medical fees, airfare and etc in the hope of getting a better life in New Zealand. However, this was not always the case of hundreds of migrants here in New Zealand. I've known a lot of people who are professional and highly skilled who are working in McDonalds, at the supermarket or in production shops. Others has Masters degree and now working as Cleaner (Master Janitor). 

Secondly, Immigration New Zealand must educate Kiwi employers about Skilled Migrant. When I was applying for a job before, most of the employers representative don't have any idea what is Skilled Migrant Visa is.  Also some employers are avoiding applicants with Skilled Migrant Visa because of hassles that immigration processes they have to do.

And lastly, Kiwi employers must embrace the reality that New Zealand needs migrants for their Country to sustain the economy and keeps everything going. This is quite funny and annoying, when you're applying for a job here as migrant, they will not accept you because you don't have Kiwi experience. WHATTTT???? you'll probably fell down from your chair upon hearing this during on earth you can get kiwi experience where you just arrived to New's common sense really but it's sad that common sense isn't common here.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Migrant CAD Drafting Company

Finally, we were able to set-up our CAD Drafting company here in New Zealand which we aimed to help other migrants engineers/architects to use their full potential through CAD.

Initially we will offer pure drafting in a few months, however we will offer CAD Training in the future which will really help other migrants to have a feel of NZ drawing standards. As most of the engineers and architects got related job through CAD, we aimed to offer this opportunity to new migrants and other engineers/architects who are working in different fields.

 If you want to know more about the company please visit link below.