LEE & EMMA WEST    |     UNITED KINGDOM    |    Work and Skilled Migrant Residence


Everything We Hoped For...


Lee West served eight years in the Royal Marines Commandos in the UK before working as a rope access technician for a number of companies and then moving into site management and construction management. Lee, his wife Emma and children Ella-Jay and Keala left Shrewsbury in Shropshire in England for New Zealand in September 2009. They had already visited New Zealand on holiday in 2005 and knew it would be a country in which they would love to raise their children.

 "The lifestyle differs from the UK because the great outdoors beckons around every corner and there is so much space," says Lee. "The beaches are empty (in comparison to Europe) the roads are quiet and the people are open and friendly. Holiday options are endless in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands or Australia. We have made many friends already and the girls are settling in well at Kindergarten. Work is busy as usual."


Anna Ulyanova used to live in Moscow where she finished studying English and German at the Moscow Academy of Natalya Nesterova. She worked as a sales manager in a sport club and after that as director of a family company.
As she had been to England before, Anna was thinking that New Zealand would be something like England. "When I came here, I found out that it was much better. People are very nice and friendly. The best thing I like here is the weather," she says. "I have made a lot of friends from different cultures and have found it very interesting talking with them and comparing our countries"
Anna entered the English Language Academy in Auckland to improve her English language and then began an Introduction Certificate in Business at Unitec in Auckland.
"The study part was different for me because, here it's mostly self-study but in Russia it's not," says Anna. "The culture and life style is very different. People in New Zealand prefer an active way of life. They spend a lot of time out, dine out and travel a lot within the country. That is when I decided to travel too."
Anna went to the South Island, to Queenstown, Christchurch, Picton, Kaikora and Wellington

McLeod & Associates brought the family to New Zealand with temporary visas and secured their permanent residence under the Skilled Migrant Category.

 "From the first moment we had contact with Joanne and Richard we knew we had made the right decision. They explained everything involved in the process and put our minds at ease by taking the stress away. They are easy to talk too and nothing is too much trouble. We class them as friends. We had no problems gaining residence."

Lee is looking forward to enjoying his children growing up in what he calls, 'this amazing country'.

"New Zealand is everything we hoped for and more and we have not even scratched the surface yet so, if you're thinking of immigrating, go for it! Come with an open mind and enjoy."



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