How many points do you need for your EOI?

How many points do you need?

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.

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. 


How does the Points System work and how can you maximise your chances?

The objective of the Skilled Migrant Residence Programme is to ensure that New Zealand can attract highly skilled professionals and cover existing skill shortages.  

The number of migrants required to reach this goal is determined at the start of each year and monitored throughout the year. 

Every two weeks Immigration New Zealand selects as many Expressions of Interest from the pool of applicants as potentially needed to reach the goal number of required skilled migrants and adjusts the number of selected EOIs accordingly.  The number of points required can change as well from one fortnight to the next, depending of the quality of EOIs in the pool.  

As New Zealand is a popular choice for migrants from all over the world, there are constantly more EOIs in the Pool than needed to fill the annual quota of migrants.  


New Zealand Residence Programme - The latest Selection Result: 

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest (EOI) selection took place on Wednesday, 3 April 2019.

Immigration New Zealand selected 635 EOIs (1,390 registrants) with a total of 160 total points or more.

You can monitor the development of the Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selections by bookmarking this page. We will keep you up to date on the latest Selection Results.

Look up previous selection results.


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.  

The bottom line is: You need to claim as many points as you possibly can in order to improve your chances of being selected. 


So how many points can you score?

To start with, we recommend that you do a quick self-assessment

The points calculator on our self-assessment page will give you a good overview of the main criteria of the points system of the Skilled Migrant Category. 

Please note: A quick self-assessment can not replace a thorough evaluation by a professional adviser! 

"Over 50% of all self-assessments are incorrect and clients over estimate the number of points they might be able to claim in their Expression of Interest.

To fulfil immigration requirements, your professional background - qualifications, work experience and job offer - need to be aligned with each other very carefully. This is where most errors occur."  Dr. Carsten Hallwass, Licensed Immigration Adviser. 

Our recommendation: If you are serious about migrating to New Zealand, do not take the risk of being rejected from the pool and get it right the first time!

Ask us for a Professional Assessment of your chances before submitting your Expression of Interest.



How can you maximise your points potential? 

If a point score of 160 appears to be out of reach for you at this stage, there is a good chance that you might be able to reach that score once you can claim additional points for an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand. 

Talk to our Job Search Professionals about how we can help you find a job that will help you claim 50-70 extra points and give your points score the necessary boost!

Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will explain how we will be able to target your job search to guarantee that your job offer will meet immigration requirements.  They will ensure that you make use of your full points potential by aligning your qualifications, work experience and New Zealand job offer.


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

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If you want to find out what it takes to migrate to New Zealand ask our Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr.Carsten Hallwass for a Free Assessment.

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