Now I Know


045                                                                                                                   07 July 2017


We are all here to live every situation you can imagine, good or bad; right or wrong; positive or negative. Why? So we can learn from the experience as part of the adventure of life.  Murray Kibblewhite


Recently I met a Chinese ex-student who was seeking entry into New Zealand under the Entrepreneur Work Visa scheme.

Her younger sister was also with her who had a successful business exporting products from New Zealand into China such as bottled water.

However, the challenge to my friend was that she was a trained medical doctor who had 26 years’ experience working in hospitals in China. Now, she wanted to change countries and careers!

Immigration New Zealand is very demanding in their assessment of business propositions and I was surprised that she had made a submission that was not based upon her own business experience.

Over coffee, she explained she had the support of her sister and brother-in-law and it was their insistence that she had completed the application. However, she felt they were moving too fast but she had let them override her feelings.

I checked with another Chinese lady who was a successful Immigration Consultant who explained that the results of the previous month’s EWV applications were not good. Of the 20 EWV Applications only three were approved!

Later my ex-student sent me several texts explaining she did not feel confident about her Business Plan Application but had followed what her sister and brother-in-law had insisted!

While I helped her answer the questions raised by INZ I sensed she knew she did not have the right experience that would gain approval from INZ.


My Doctor friend knew inside her that she should slow down and consider more carefully the approach she was making to Immigration New Zealand.

While she knew why her sister and brother-in-law were pushing her, it was not the right way at this time.

She has learned that business matters in New Zealand are different to those in China.

All life’s experiences are opportunities to learn. The challenge is to decide, what are the real lessons to be learnt?



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