Dr Lucas Kleijn moved to New Zealand from the Netherlands in July to work for a year at the North Shore Hospital, Auckland. A consultant orthopaedic surgeon since 2005, he decided to take a sabbatical and apply for a fellowship in New Zealand, to dig a little deeper into a specific subspecialty.
However, there were several hurdles to overcome before taking up his post at North Shore.
As part of the registration process with the Medical Council of New Zealand and to get a contract to work at North Shore Hospital, Lucas needed to pass a test to prove his English language proficiency.
He says: “OET was ideal for me because the content is related to my occupation, and after passing the test, I was able to obtain medical registration, get a work contract, and then a working visa”.
Lucas and his wife also chose to spend a year in New Zealand for their three children.
“We thought it would be good for them to see more of the world and to learn English. New Zealand has a lot to offer: beautiful nature and lots of space. We all all like the outdoors very much,” he says.
“And, we’re really enjoying the experience,” he continues. “I’m learning a lot, my work atmosphere is really friendly and the standards are high. Spare time with the family is great too.”
From 11 October 2016, Immigration New Zealand will accept OET as proof of English proficiency for most visa categories. International healthcare professionals can now use OET results as proof of English proficiency for their visa application and healthcare registration in both New Zealand and Australia.