How many points do you need for your EOI?

How many points do you need?

How many points will you need for your Expression of Interest to be selected from the Pool?

The short answer is: You will currently need 160 points.

But this can change. Please read on, if you would like to understand how the points system works and how you can maximise your chances of being selected. 


The latest Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection: 

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest (EOI) selection took place on Wednesday, 31 October 2018.

We received 1,258 EOIs. We selected 560 with a total of 160 points or more.

Selection takes place every 2 weeks.


Your chances of being selected depend on the following three variables:

  1. how many EOIs there are in the pool on the day of the selection,
  2. how many points the other applicants in the pool are claiming in their EOIs, and 
  3. how many applicants need to be selected to ensure that the annual target number of skilled migrants can be met.  

The bottom line is: You need to claim as many points as you possibly can in order to improve your chances of being selected. 


So how many points can you score?

1. Quick Self-Assessment

To start with, we recommend that you do a quick self-assessment, using our points calculator.

This will give you a good first impression of how the points system works and what the main criteria of being successful under the Skilled Migrant Category are. 

If a point score of 160 appears to be out of reach for you at this stage, talk to our Job Search Professionals about how we can help you find a job that suits your professional background and gives your points score the necessary boost. 


2. Professional Assessment

"Over 50% of all self-assessments are incorrect and clients over estimate the number of points they might be able to claim in their Expression of Interest.

To fulfil immigration requirements, your professional background - qualifications, work experience and job offer - need to be aligned very carefully. This is where most errors occur."  Julia Cooke, Licensed Immigration Adviser.

Avoid being rejected from the pool and ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers to assess your points score before submitting your Expression of Interest. 


Maximise your points potential! 

  • Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will ensure that you make use of your full points potential by aligning your qualifications, work experience and New Zealand job offer.
  • Our Job Search Professionals can help you claim 50-70 extra points by effectively working with you on with finding a job.


Why can the 'necessary points score' change? 

In order to understand the fluctuation of the points score necessary for your EOI, it is important to look at the objective of the Skilled Migrant Category policy. 

The Skilled Migrant Category has been been put in place to ensure that New Zealand can attract highly skilled professionals and cover existing skill shortages.  

Every two weeks Immigration New Zealand selects as many Expressions of Interest from the pool of applicants as needed to reach the annual target number. This allows Immigration New Zealand to control the number of visas granted to skilled migrants. 

In practice there are always more EOIs in the Pool than needed to fill the annual quota of migrants and the number of points required to be selected can potentially change from one selection to the next.


How did the points score change in the past? 

To get the full picture, look up how the Selection results have evolved over recent years.


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Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers

If you want to find out more about obtaining the right visa for New Zealand, contact Julia Cooke, Licensed Immigration Adviser at NZIC.

Ask Julia for a Free Assessment