The Silver Fern Visa category is a new visa plan set to be introduced on 27 April 2010. Initially, only 300 places will be made available on an annual basis to highly skilled overseas workers. The purpose of this visa category is to broaden the options for applicants to make a long-term contribution to New Zealand and to provide a pathway to New Zealand residency. The visa will be divided into two Silver Fern policies; the Silver Fern Job Search Policy and the Silver Fern Practical Experience Policy. This visa is for those talented people who want to work and live in New Zealand indefinitely and seeking a suitable job over there. This visa allows a job seeker to stay in New Zealand and search a job within 9 months. The candidate must have a genuine intention to fulfil the requirement for this visa. Once you granted this visa you will be privilege by the same benefits as other Kiwis are having. You may work for any employer in any occupation in New Zealand. Moreover, if you’re able to find a long-term skilled employment, you may be able to apply for permanent residency under the Skilled Migrant Category.
The application process and payment will be online. Applicants will have to provide evidence they meet the requirements to an Immigration New Zealand branch for assessment and verification.
As this visa program is very popular and have a low quota of 300 per year. The quota opens each November and closes after all the places are filled, which is usually the same day. This is only for age range 20-35 years. The processing time for this visa takes up to 3 months to complete overall process. Processing time also depends on applicant’s profile and may vary profile to profile Astiv Consulting