Can you claim points for your work experience?
You may be able to claim points for your previous work experience in your Expression of Interest if your experience meets the policy requirements for Skilled Migrant category.
Please note: Important changes have just been announced that will affect your points eligibility and will be implemented in mid-August 2017. Read more about the Skilled Migrant Category changes.
Your work experience must be relevant.
- be in the same field as your recognised qualification, or
- in the same field as your current employment or your offer of skilled employment in New Zealand, or
- have helped you gain relevant specialist, technical, or management skills and experience.
What if I do not have a job or job offer?
If you do not have a skilled job or job offer in New Zealand, any work experience you claim points for must have been gained in a comparable labour market.
Points might be awarded for work experience in countries that are not 'comparable labour markets', but only if you were working:
- for a multinational commercial entity domiciled in one of these listed countries, or
- in an area of absolute skill shortage.
Work experience wil be assessed as being in a comparable labour market if it was gained in one of the following countries:
Australia, Malaysia, Austria, New Zealand, Belgium-Luxembourg, Netherlands, Canada, Norway, Cyprus, Philippines, Denmark, Portugal, Finland, Republic of South Korea, France, Singapore, Germany, South Africa, Greece, Spain, Iceland, Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland, Israel, United Kingdom, Italy, United States, Japan
How many points can you claim for your work experience?
Assuming that your work experience is recognised, you will be able to claim the following points:
2 years 10 points
4 years 15 points
6 years 20 points
8 years 25 points
10 years 30 points
Claim bonus points for your work experience
In addition to the points above, you may be able to claim additional bonus points in your Expression of Interest if your work experience has been obtained
- in New Zealand - 1 to 3 years will give you 5 to 15 points
- in an identified future growth area - 10 to 15 points
- in an area of absolute skill shortage - 10 to 15 points
Please note: Important changes will take place mid August 2017 that will affect your point score.
Go back to our Quick Self-Check Guide.
Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:
- How many points will you need to have a realistic chance?
- Will you be able to claim points for your qualifications?
- Will you be able to claim bonus points for your professional expertise?
- Is your profession on one of the Skill Shortages Lists?
- Do you have to be registered in New Zealand?
- How can you get help with finding a job?
- Will you meet the English language requirements?
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