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.

 

The 'necessary points score' explained:

While you currently need 160 points for your Expression of Interest, this may change at any time in the future. 

In order to understand the fluctuation of the points score necessary for your EOI, it is important to look at the objective of the Skilled Migrant Category policy. 

The Skilled Migrant Category has been been put in place to ensure that New Zealand can attract highly skilled professionals and cover existing skill shortages. 

The number of professionals needed to reach that target is updated every year. 

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. 

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

 

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.  

If you have a look at previous Selection Results below, you will see, that the necessary points score has remained unchanged for nearly a year.

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

 

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: 

Follow the development of the minimum point level, the Selection point.

You will see that the points score of 160 has been unchanged since August 2016, while the number of EOIs in the pool as well as the number of people represented in those EOIs have undergone quite considerable changes over the past months. 

 

Thursday, 3 May 2018

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday, 2 May 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 450 (1,018 registrants)

 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday, 4 April 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 367 (882 registrants)

 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday, 21 March 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 415 (929 registrants)

 

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday, 7 March 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 450 (997 registrants) 

 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday, 21 February 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 390 (867 registrants)

  

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday, 7 February 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 358 (790 registrants)

There are 627 EOIs in the pool after the selection. 

 

The make-up of the successful EOIs  is of particular interest: 

The following number of EOIs were selected without Job Offer:

Candidate was offshore: 33

Candidate was in New Zealand: 2

The following EOIs with Job Offer in place were selected:

Candidate was offshore: 27

Candidate was in New Zealand: 296

 

As a result 358 EOIs that had a total of 160 or more points, representing 790 people will now undergo preliminary verification to determine if an invitation to apply for residency will be issued. 

 

 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday, 10 January 2018.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 781 (1,689 registrants)

  

Monday, 18 December 2017

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 13 December 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 456 (1,034 registrants)

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

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

The following EOIs were selected:

Selection criteriaNo. of EOIs
All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. 479 (1,102 registrants)

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)

  

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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