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More Brits issued visas to help rebuild Christchurch

Posted on 5 Mar at 8 AM Tags: New Zealand Visa, Immigration, Working in New Zealand, Jobs in New Zealand, Property,

More visas have been issued to British expats helping to rebuild Christchurch than any other nation. According to Immigration New Zealand nearly 3,000 have been granted since the devastating earthquakes of 2011 claimed the lives of 185 people and caused an estimated £20 billion in damage.

According to an INZ spokeswoman, the scale of the rebuilding programme in Christchurch will mean skilled workers from overseas will be required for many years to come. She added that the skills shortage list includes project managers, surveyors, engineers, forepersons, drain layers and carpenters.

Expos aimed at Brits thinking about starting a new life Down Under will be taking place in London, Dublin and Manchester throughout the month. As well as the construction industry there will be recruiters targeting people to fill vacancies in other sectors like healthcare.

Many expats leave the UK in search of better job prospects and a better lifestyle. New Zealand has always been one of the top choices for Brits because of the similar culture and language.

The Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel will be hosting the first expo on 15 and 16 March. Dublin’s Clyde Court Hotel will holding an expo on 19 March, and on 22 and 23 March the expo will be held at the ILEC Conference Centre in London’s Earl’s Court.

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