“To be honest it’s more than just knowing your way around the system. It’s also having some who understands your needs and can just get on and get it done.”
I’m the managing director of Robur Attachments Ltd., a business that manufactures excavator attachments based in Keri Keri and Auckland. We had three welder fabricator positions that we’d been trying to fill locally for about 2-3 years. It’s really hard to find decent staff – even people that’d just turn up every day.
One of our suppliers offered to provide us with some of their experienced welders (who were initially from India) to help us out. We also needed someone with the right skills to be production manager to supervise the new staff. Our new welder fabricators didn’t speak very good English, so the production manager needed to be someone who could speak both English and Hindi. Prakash, who was also based in India, was experienced in both production and quality control, so he was ideal for the job.
But in order to recruit overseas workers, we needed to get work visas sorted for them all so they could come into the country.
I started to wade my way through the process myself but it’s very time consuming when you don’t know what you’re doing. I ended up contacting New Zealand Immigration Law. Aaron’s been through the visa process so many times, for him it’s easy. He gave us a list of everything we needed and dealt with the guys in India directly.
Aaron knows his way in and around any issues that can come up with immigration and hiring overseas workers – he made the whole process super simple. Our new employees successfully got their one-year work visas. When their initial visas were almost up, Aaron again helped us in getting them extended.
These guys have been with us for two years now – combined they’ve had 3 sick days. It’s worked out very well having them welding but if we didn’t have Prakash as their team leader, the whole deal would have fallen through.
Without Aaron I would have tried to make sense of the process, maybe found someone else who might be able to help. But to be honest it’s more than just knowing your way around the system. It’s also having some who understands your needs and can just get on and get it done. He’s even rung me out of the blue to see how everything was going. That’s pretty rare these days.
We will keep in touch and continue to use New Zealand Immigration Law for any of our immigration needs.
Managing director of Robur Attachments Limited.
4x skilled migrant visas