How many points do you need for your EOI?

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.

 

However, this may change at any time in the future. Read on if you are interested in a bit of background knowledge.

In order to cover skill shortages and attract the required number of skilled professionals, New Zealand is setting an annual target number of migrants.

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. 

  

As a result of this policy 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. 

 

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

A look at previous Selection Results shows that, while the policy has now undergone a number of changes, the necessary point score has remained unchanged for nearly a year.

 

Our advice: Ask us to help you maximise your points potential.

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

A New Zealand job offer might entitle you to 50-70 points for your Expression of Interest.

 

What we can do for you to improve your chances:  

  • Our Job Search Professionals can help you claim extra points by effectively assisting you with finding a job.
  • Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will explain how we can boost your points potential by aligning your qualifications, work experience and New Zealand job offer to make the most of your professional background. 

 

If you want to find out more ask our team for a Free Professional Assessment and we will let you know whether you will qualify for a Skilled Migrant visa and provide you with a well targeted strategy for your immigration process. 

 

 

The New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selections: 

You can scroll down to backtrack the development of the Selection point.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place on Wednesday 20 September, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 429 (980 registrants)

   

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 5 July, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 908 (1,675 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 21 June, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 708 (1,389 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 26 April, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 462 (871 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

 

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 29 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 456 (901 registrants)

 

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 1 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 432 (820 registrants)

 

Selection 9 November 2016

The most recent selection of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) under the Skilled Migrant Category took place on 9 November 2016.

As a result, 334 EOIs that had a total of 160 or more points, representing 675 people will now undergo preliminary verification to determine if an invitation to apply for residency will be issued.

There are 1,658 EOIs in the pool after the selection.

 

Wednesday August 17, 2016.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday August 17, 2016.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 751 (1,603 registrants)
All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points. 146 (319 registrants)
Total selection 897 (1,922 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday June 22, 2016.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 746 (1,498 registrants)
All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points. 153 (328 registrants)
Total selection 899 (1,826 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday May 25, 2016.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 729 (1,555 registrants)
All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points. 149 (298 registrants)
Total selection 878 (1,852 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest (EOI) selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 11 May 2016.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 669
All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points. 140
Total selection 809

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

The following EOIs were selected:

16 March 2016 - New Zealand Residence Programme Factsheet PDF [42KB]

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 781

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

165

Total selection

946

 The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

 

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The following EOIs were selected:

2 March 2016 - New Zealand Residence Programme Factsheet PDF [36KB]
Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 684

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

128

Total selection

812

 

Wednesday January 20, 2016

The following EOIs were selected:

 20 January 2016 - New Zealand Residence Programme Factsheet PDF [41KB]
Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 585

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

104

Total selection

689

 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The following EOIs were selected:

 25 November 2015 - New Zealand Residence Programme Factsheet PDF [36KB]
Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 707

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

130

Total selection

837

 

Monday, November 16, 2015

 11 November 2015 - New Zealand Residence Programme Factsheet [PDF 41KB]

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 725

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

142

Total selection

867

 

 Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 602

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

143

Total selection

745

 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All those with a points total of 140 or more

471

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points

141

Total Selection

612

 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 598

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

146

TOTAL SELECTION

744

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 594

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

150

TOTAL SELECTION

744

 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 494

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

133

TOTAL SELECTION

627

 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 140 or more. 473

All those with a job or job offer that had a points total of 100 or more but less than 140 points.

120

TOTAL SELECTION

593

 

 

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