The final expressions of interest (EOI) selection under the current Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) settings will happen on 16 August 2023, after which the EOI pool will formally close.
A new points system is being introduced for the SMC Residence Visa on 9 October 2023, replacing the current settings.
From 9 October 2023 you will need 6 points to apply for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.
In a nutshell - This is what the new policy will look like:
You can claim 3 to 6 points from your
You can only claim points from 1 of the above skill indicators.
You cannot combine points from multiple skill indicators. For example, you cannot combine points from your qualification with points from your New Zealand occupational registration.
You can also claim 1 point for each year of skilled work in New Zealand, up to a maximum of 3 points.
The points you claim from skilled work in New Zealand can be combined with points from your New Zealand occupational registration, qualification or income.
The best way for you to find out all relevant details of what is to come, is by joining our Immigration and Job Hunt Webinar.
Our Principal Immigration Adviser Dr. Carsten Hallwass will explain the new SMC 6 and how we can help you achieve your goal of migrating to New Zealand under this new policy.
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The Skilled Migrant Category as we knew it:
All EOIs for the current SMC settings will be selected on 16 August, however, only those with 180 points or more will be invited to apply.
We will update this page as further details become available.
Key questions you needed answered before you submit your Expression of Interest:
Our advice: Always ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers for a free 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:
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.
On 9 November 2022 Immigration New Zealand selected all EOIs at the threshold of 160 points.
The first selection of EOIs in 2023 took place on 18 January.
To better align with the future direction of the Skilled Migrant Category the points threshold for future selections will increase to 180 points.
Facit: Rather than the minimum of 100 points stipulated in the SMC policy, you now need 160/180 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.
By far the best way to increase your points score for your EOI is by claiming points for an offer of skilled employment or current skilled employment in New Zealand.
First, to gain a better understanding of the points system, you might want to take a closer look at a previous selection of Expressions of Interest:
EOI Selection on 18 March 2020:
684 Expressions of Interest have been selected.
- 615 candidates had a job offer in New Zealand;
- 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 and to be able to move to the next stage of their residence application process.
While the number of EOIs in the pool can change from one fortnight to another, the proportions of the outcome generally remain the same.
Our advice: Start your job search in New Zealand well ahead of your arrival in New Zealand. Claim up to 110 points for a job in New Zealand!
Make full use of our free Immigration and Job Hunt Webinar to find out how you can give your job hunt in New Zealand a powerful boost that will significantly increase your chances of finding a job in New Zealand and lift you over the points threshold for your Expression of Interest.
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. They will remain in the pool for 6 months before being ejected.
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.
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.
Watch our Licensed Immigration Adviser Dr. Carsten Hallwass as he explains the process of migrating to New Zealand as a skilled migrant in a straight forward and easy to understand manner:
Following this detailed overview, you will have a chance to ask questions and also hear answers to questions put forward by fellow participants of the webinar.
By the end of the webinar you will have a good understanding of the immigration process and know how you can get started.
You will feel empowered to make a solid decision on your move to New Zealand!
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