How many points do you need for your Expression of Interest?

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

Unfortunately there is no definite answer to this question as your chances will depend cumulatively 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 number of EOIs selected for further consideration varies from one selection to the next and at the same time the number of points needed to be selected is likely to change as well. In practice there are constantly more EOIs in the Pool than needed to fill the annual quota of migrants.

 

The '160 points minimum score'

In October 2016 Immigration New Zealand announced far reaching changes to the Skilled Migrant Category policy, tightening the already strict eligibility requirements even more.

While in theory the Skilled Migrant Category policy still allows anybody who can score 100 points to submit an Expression of Interest, only EOIs with a points claim of 160 or more are now being selected from the pool every two weeks.

As a consequence the goal of moving on to the second stage of the residence process, the actual resident visa application stage, has become a lot harder to achieve and will now depend even more on obtaining a  job offer in New Zealand. 

 

How we can help you maximise your points potential

At New Zealand Immigration Concepts we have developed a unique fusion of Visa and Job Search Assistance that will help you boost your points score. 

Even if a point score of 160 appears to be out of reach for you at the moment, talk to our Licensed Immigration Advisers and our Job Search Team about how we can help you maximise your points potential.

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

 

Our advice
 

We anticipate the SMC policy to be adjusted in 2017 to meet demands in the New Zealand labour market and expect to see the minimum points score decrease this year as part of that process.

The New Zealand work force is still experiencing skill shortages in many areas and there are strong indications that more skilled migrants than currently allowed to apply for residency will be needed to fill those skill gaps. Immigration New Zealand has already announced further changes to the SMC policy.

We advise our clients to be prepared for those changes and get ready.

A lot of work can be done now to ensure that you are first in line when the points score is adjusted later this year.

The best way for you to find out whether you have a realistic chance for your Expression of Interest to be selected, is to give us some details about your professional background and tell us your plans for New Zealand.

Our team will assess your points, give you a realistic picture of where you stand and explain the best way forward for you. Ask us for a Free Assessment.

 

In the meantime you might want to

  • look up the most recent selection result below to find out how many points you will most likely need for your EOI to be successful, 
  • keep an eye on the developments by coming back to this page,
  • compare previous selection results below to understand the importance of a New Zealand offer of skilled employment.
 

The New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

 

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

 

Are you eligible for a resident visa under Skilled Migrant Category?

Find out by calculating your points and using our Quick Self-Check Guide!

Talk to our Employment Adviser about finding a job that suits your professional background and ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers whether that job will entitle you to 50-70 points for your Expression of Interest.

 

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

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