Points for Work Experience

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.

 

Your work experience must be relevant.

It must

  • 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/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?

  • 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 

Go back to our Quick Self-Check Guide.

 

Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:

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