MOST of the time, leaving your homeland can mean stepping out of your comfort zone in search of starting a new life. For Kiwis that have already left God’s Own, it means overcoming personal challenges and building up a new life practically from scratch. Although urbanisation and globalisation may seem like a new phenomenon, migration is not new concept, with humans doing it since the dawn of time.
Today, new professional opportunities, education and security are among the top reasons for people seeking to start a new life abroad. Hence why immigration and visa requirements are a common topic of interest in many countries.
Greencard: An entry ticket to the US
For New Zealanders, getting permanent residency in England and elsewhere can be relatively easy compared to other nationalities. According to the International Organisation for Migration, the number of international migrants in 2010 was estimated at over 200 million. The US continues to be a popular destination for migrants from all over the world. But successfully getting a permanent visa can prove more difficult get compared to England.
If your knowledge on US customs is not your strong point, a Greencard (which isn’t actually green anymore), is the document that offers foreigners permanent residency. With the United States still offering some of the best living opportunities, the Greencard is highly sort after. An increasingly popular method of obtaining one is via a lottery system. Worldwide, only 19 countries with high emigration rates to the US are excluded from the process (this includes the United Kingdom). Inhabitants of all other countries can participate in the lottery process, provided they meet certain education standards. More detailed information can be found on this great site about the whole process. It is definitely worth a look into for anybody interested in learning more about the topic of immigration into the US.