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How many points do you need?

How many points will you need for your Expression of Interest (EOI) to be selected?

The short answer is: You will need 160 points.

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

New Zealand Residence Programme - The latest Selection Result:

The most recent selection of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) under the Skilled Migrant Category took place on 18 March 2020*.

684 EOIs with a total of 160 or more points will undergo preliminary verification to determine if an invitation to apply for residency will be issued.

Applicants who weren't selected, most likely do not have a job offer and will not be selected in the future.

We strongly advise our clients not to submit an Expression of Interest unless we can be confident that they have an excellent chance of being selected. In most cases, a job offer is required to pass through this stage of the visa application process successfully.

The make-up of the latest Selection shows the importance of a New Zealand job offer for a successful Selection:

Successful EOIs With a Job Offer in NZ: 615.

Successful EOIs Without a Job Offer in NZ: 69

What can you do now to improve your chances?

A lot of valuable work can be done before you arrive!

Please read our pages How soon can you migrate?  and Jobs and Visas during COVID-19 to find out why now is a good time to start your migration to New Zealand.


*Due to the current Covid-19 epidemic Immigration New Zealand is deferring all selections of Expressions of Interests until further notice!

You can monitor the development of the Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selections by bookmarking this page. We will update this page as soon as any new developments become known.

Free Immigration Webinars

We highly recommend that you register your interest in one of our Immigration Webinars to meet our Principal Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr. Carsten Hallwass and one of our Job Search Coaches in a live forum and get the chance to ask your visa and job search related questions.

Register your interest in our Immigration Webinar now!

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