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New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category

The New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category is a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment.  You must also be aged 55 or under, and meet English language, health and character requirements.

How the New Zealand Skilled Migration Process Works

Requirements needed to apply for a Skilled Visa

There are basic requirements you must meet to apply for this visa. You must:

Whilst Immigration New Zealand advertise 100 points to be the pass mark, no-one is receiving an invitation unless they gain 160 points. EOI’s with a point score of less than 160 points will not be selected.

Additional Points

You may gain points for current skilled employment in New Zealand, or for an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand. Additional bonus points may be awarded if the skilled employment is:

When will I receive my EOI?

Every 2 weeks the New Zealand Department of Immigration selects EOIs from a pool. If your EOI is selected, they will check you’ve claimed the right number of points for your age, experience, employment and qualifications.
If you meet the Skilled Migrant Expression of Interest selection criteria, they may invite you to apply for residence.

EOI is valid for 6 months.

How long does it take to receive my residence?

Your application for Residence will take between 6-10 months from the date of your lodgement.

English Requirements for New Zealand Skilled Migration

I can’t meet the Skilled Visa Criteria for Australia, Is New Zealand easier?

No it is not.  The New Zealand visa system is very similar to Australia’s; if you’re offered a skilled job by a New Zealand employer then they may be able to sponsor your temporary work visa application.  There are also permanent resident options that allow you to stay indefinitely.

Unlike the Australian points-tested skilled category, you will require an offer of employment by a New Zealand employer in a skilled occupation.

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