Welcome to the latest in our very popular Migrant Tales series.
Today’s tale was sent in by John – a British migrant who has contributed over $500,000 to the New Zealand economy since he brought his business over from the UK. When the time came for John to apply for residency he was told his business was unlikely to be of benefit to New Zealand and he was refused.
Thinking of emigrating to New Zealand on the infamous Long Term Business visa? John’s case is not an isolated example. There are many horror stories about people who’ve been shafted in this way, don’t become another one
Here’s John’s tale
New Zealand will leave a very bitter taste in my mouth that’s for sure.
Brought my business over here 6 years ago from the UK, have not asked for a cent since being here, paid upwards of half a million bucks into the system with taxes/GST/wages for Kiwi employees etc etc, and have just had an email from immigration (as I applied for residency 4 months ago) stating and I quote, that the business I am running is not a benefit to New Zealand and it is unlikely to be approved!!!
I have paid my way over here, made new jobs for kiwi born residents, paid all my taxes with a smile, and this is how they treat you at the end of it all!!! This is not a bitter rant, well, it is a wee bit, BUT, anyone reading this and thinking of setting up in New Zealand, please take note, you can do everything by the book and then some, and still not be good enough for them.
I think of the money I have pumped in to the economy whilst being here, to support the ferals who will never contribute anything, and then get told I am not worthy to stay here. 6 years!!! 6 years I have been here and this is how they treat you. Do yourselves a favour, stay where you are, the grass is not always greener on the other side!!!
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