Can you apply for a Resident Visa under the Skilled Migrant Category?
Our Self-Assessment tool will give you all the information you need for a quick first check of your chances of migrating under this policy.
- Do you meet the minimum requirements of this policy?
- Use our Points Guide to calculate your maximum points score.
- How many points you will really need for your Expression of Interest?
- Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers for a professional assessment to confirm your self-assessment result.
To qualify for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant policy, you must meet all of the following minimum requirements:
If you have already reached the age limit of the Skilled Migrant Category, you might still be able to apply for a resident visa for New Zealand. Let us know if you would like to find out more.
That is a good start!
If you score 100 points or more and meet health, character, language and age requirements, you may submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) and may theoretically be eligible to apply for a Resident Visa under the Skilled Migrant Category.
However, a points score of 100 will no longer be sufficient for your Expression of Interest to be selected.
The growing worldwide interest in Immigration to New Zealand exceeds New Zealand's capacities for accepting migrants by far and the competition among skilled migrants is strong.
Only candidates who can demonstrate an exceptionally high level of settlement capacity will now qualify to become permanent residents.
Rather than the minimum of 100 points stipulated in the SMC policy, you now need 160 points for your Expression of Interest to be selected, and for you to get a chance to subsequently be invited to apply for a Resident Visa.
In practice this means that candidates who cannot not claim at least 160 points in their EOI will remain in the pool for 6 months before their EOI will ultimately be rejected.
To gain a better understanding, you might want to take a closer look at the most recent selection of Expressions of Interest under the Skilled Migrant Category, published by Immigration New Zealand on 18 March 2020:
684 Expressions of Interest have been selected for the next step (preliminary verification), all had a total of 160 or more points.
Latest selection details show that of those 684 successfully selected Expressions of Interest, 615 candidates had a job offer in New Zealand, and only 69 candidates were able to reach the necessary points score of 160 points without having to claim points for a job offer in New Zealand.
Successful EOIs with a Job Offer in New Zealand
Successful EOIs without a Job Offer in New Zealand
These numbers confirm what we experience in our practice: most candidates will need a job offer for their EOI to be successful.
Another way of looking at this is by looking at all EOIs that are in the pool on the day of a selection:
While the number of EOIs in the pool can change from one fortnight to another, the proportions of the outcome generally remain the same.
Once again it is confirmed that your best way forward is to start your job search in New Zealand before you submit your EOI.
Great! You might be able to claim enough points for your Expression of Interest and have a realistic chance to be selected.
However, the Points System is a lot more complicated than it might appear at first sight.
Nearly half of all EOIs in the pool will not be successful
The points system of the Skilled Migrant Category is more complicated than it might appear at first glance and far reaching errors occur when it comes to establishing whether qualifications, work experience and job offers really match up and qualify for the necessary points.
If you accidentally claim more points than you are actually entitled to, your migration process will come to an early end. This might happen at any stage of the process:
Any of these setbacks will throw you back many month, as you will have to submit a new Expression of Interest and start your migration process again from the beginning.
Our advice is very clear: Ask our Licensed Immigration Adviser to double check that your points claim is correct, before submitting your Expression of Interest.
Claiming too many points in your EOI is just as detrimental to your residence process as not reaching the 160 points mark.
As we have shown, the majority of successful EOIs were claiming points for a job offer in New Zealand. A job in New Zealand will be one of the most powerful tools for the success of your residence process:
It is realistic to assume that a job offer will very likely catapult you way over the 160 points minimum score.
While our Licensed Immigration Advisers will ensure that you will claim the maximum points score achievable for you in your EOI, working with our Job Search Professionals on obtaining a job offer in New Zealand will most probably make the deciding difference for you.
Our Job Search Professionals will provide you with their knowledge of the local job market, of job search techniques used and job search etiquette appropriate in New Zealand.
Partnering with our Job Search Professionals will give you the necessary tools and empower you to approach the job market in New Zealand in the best possible manner.
Working with them will ultimately enable you to claim those important extra points in your Expression of Interest.
Read more about our Fusion Service and how it will improve your chances of becoming a resident.
Due to the current Covid-19 epidemic Immigration New Zealand is deferring all selections of Expressions of Interests until further notice.
Please note: Do not let this deter you from starting your migration process now.
Find out how we can work with you on getting ahead: Covid-19 and your visa.
A lot of work can be done before the borders open.
We constantly monitor any changes in New Zealand's visa regulations and update our clients as we become aware of any updates that might affect the opening of the borders.
Ask us how you can get ready for your move now. We work with our clients on being ready for their move as soon as that will be feasible.
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