What does this mean for you?
Unfortunately the reality is that hardly anybody can claim 160 points in their Expression of Interest right at the start.
A New Zealand job offer will get you through!
An offer of skilled employment in New Zealand will entitle you to 50-110 points!
If your partner has a job offer too, that will give you 20 additional points for your Expression of Interest.
It is absolutely realistic to assume that a job offer will lift you well over the 160 points threshold for your Expression of Interest once you have found a job in New Zealand.
But how can you find a job if you do not have a visa?
You will probably find it difficult to get a job offer as long as you do not have a visa yet.
As you have seen, you cannot obtain a visa unless you have a job, but on the other side you will also find it very difficult to get a job as long as you do not have your visa yet.
Employer hesitation, job board formalities, electronic filtering systems and other hurdles will make your job search difficult.
Whether you are responding to job listings on the internet or talking to employers or recruiters, you will come across comments like: "Only visa holders may apply" or "Please come back once you have obtained your work visa".
You find yourself in a classical Catch 22:
"A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions."
Feedback from our Licensed Immigration Advisers:
"It is highly unlikely that anybody can reach the current minimum score of 160 unless points can be claimed for an offer of skilled employment.
As long as you do not have an offer of employment, your Expression of Interest will not be selected from the Pool, and you will not receive an Invitation to Apply for a Residence Visa.
You are caught in the Catch 22 Dilemma."
Our Fusion Service - A holistic approach to your immigration process.
Visa and Job Search Service from under one umbrella.
At NZIC we look at the full picture when approaching your migration to New Zealand. Together our Visa Service and our Job Search Service will provide you with a powerful tool that will allow you to break through the Catch 22 wall: Our Fusion Service.