|From New Zealand|
Fahim and I arrived in New Zealand last on the 28th of February. By the time we reached the serviced apartment we'd arranged before we'd left Sri Lanka, it was the early hours of the 1st of March. Mere days ago. So why and how did we end up in New Zealand?
About a year ago, Fahim and I were discussing where in the world we wanted to live. We'd looked into the middle east, like Dubai for example, but there, the only way to stay in the country legally is to be there on a work permit where you work for another company. And, as soon as the job is over, we'd have to leave the country. There are no provisions for permanent residency and acquiring citizenship, so at best, it would be a temporary situation. We didn't want that.
We looked around at other countries, seeing what the possibilities were. New Zealand came up. No surprise – it was a country that we'd discussed before we even got married. 🙂 So I researched New Zealand further and saw that we had two good options. One was to come over as a skilled migrant, but again, that would mean Fahim working as an employee for someone else's company. Or we could come over on a long term business visa, start our own business, and have a life here on the terms we preferred.
I spent the next six months or so working on the business plan, which ended up being around 320-350 pages long. Really really long, I know. 🙂
In my defense, that includes well over 200 pages of financial projections, market research, and other supporting documentation. Still, quite thorough, which I figured was necessary since we were depending on it to, you know, emigrate to a whole other country that had no other reason to let us in. 🙂
Apparently, it worked. 🙂
How long will we stay? It depends. Does the business work as well as we believe it will, as well as the market research seems to indicate it can? Then most likely for the rest of our lives. This is the preferable option. Or does it flop? We're really hoping for successful. 🙂