The popular Skilled Migrant Category visa pathway is based on a point system.
You can claim points for skilled employment if you have a job or job offer in New Zealand. The assessment of whether a job offer can be classified as skilled is based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), which associates a skill level with each occupation.
In order to qualify for points, your job or job offer must not only be skilled but also fulfil the following minimum requirements:
Ongoing means your job offer must be for employment with a single employer in a job which is clearly stated to be 'permanent', or 'indefinite', or for a term of at least 12 months, with an option for you of further employment after that time. If you are offered a contract and have a history of working on contracts in your occupation, then this may be accepted as ‘skilled employment’ if Immigration New Zealand is satisfied that the work is likely to continue.
Sustainable means that Immigration New Zealand must be satisfied that the employer can afford to pay you the stated salary or wages.
If your job is particularly valuable to New Zealand, you will be able to claim bonus points. A job or job offer in an identified future growth area gives you 10 more points. Work in an area of absolute skills shortage, or located outside Auckland is another 10 points each. Additionally, if your partner (as a non-principal applicant on your application) has a skilled job or job offer, you can claim another 20 points.
You cannot claim points for Skilled Employment if you are self-employed. If you are or will be self-employed and wish to gain residence, you may be eligible under one of the business migration categories.
Proving that you meet the level of training and/or experience required and are in fact eligible for points for Skilled Employment is a complex matter and any mistakes will result in your EOI being rejected from the pool!
Our advice: Talk to our Licensed Immigration Advisers to find out what the skill and remuneration requirements for your occupation are before you start your job search. Then work with our Job Search Team to search for a job that will satisfy visa requirements and entitle you to points for Skilled Employment.