Skilled Visa In New Zealand

Skilled Immigration has made the immigration process a million times easier than it used to be. It’s more straight-forward to process a skilled migrant visa in New Zealand, although it is still not a perfect system.

Due to the global recession of 2009 many individuals have lost their jobs. This has led to a significant increase in the number of International Job Applicants applying for a visa to New Zealand. Skilled visas have remained surprisingly high and much higher than they were in the period between 2001 and 2003. As New Zealand was hit less by this recession so it has draw many skilled workers who want to work as skilled immigrants in New Zealand .

The application of the Skilled Migrant Category visa requires compelling, relevant and hard-core information relating to the skills of the applicant. You need to prove that you have worked in responsibilities, managerial roles, experience and acquired a set amount of qualifications in that field.

Skilled Visa In New Zealand

As a skilled migrant, one of the best ways to change your life is to apply for and be granted a visa from a friendly New Zealand Embassy. The criteria for these visas changes regularly however and so it is important to get expert advice at an early stage. A skilled foreign worker visa allows you and your family the chance to permanently settle in New Zealand. Apply now!

The Skilled Migrant Category is for individuals who wish to make New Zealand their permanent home and are able to meet the skill requirements set out in the Skilled Migrant Category Policy Statement.

The Skilled Migrant Pathway to Residence

The Skilled Migrant Category is the most popular visa pathway to residence in New Zealand for migrants and their families.


Move to New Zealand and live here indefinitely.

A resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category will allow you to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely and you can include your partner and your dependent children aged 24 and under.

This visa policy is based on a points system that factors in multiple elements considered to be employability and settlement indicators.

Applicants submit an online Expression of Interest to start the process of becoming a New Zealand resident.

A job offer is usually required to meet the points threshold and to proceed to the next step of the visa application process, the actual Resident Visa Application.

Once you are a permanent resident of New Zealand you will be able to move between jobs and are free to choose any work you like.

Our Fusion Service will provide you with the support you will need to successfully complete this process.

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The pathway to permanent residence under the Skilled Migrant Category is complex.

The SMC resident visa application process formally consists of two main stages:

  • the Expression of Interest and
  • the actual Residence Visa Application.

In some cases an external assessment of the applicant’s qualifications by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, NZQA, will be necessary as well, and for certain professions registration with the professional body in charge might be required.

However, in practice the process of becoming a permanent resident under the SMC policy is a lot more complicated than that

At NZIC we can help you navigate the pathway to becoming a skilled migrant under the SMC policy.

“NZIC guided me all the way through getting my first work visa to permanent residency. Their job seeking support was key when I first arrived in NZ, communication was always easy and clear. I’m very thankful for their help and definitely recommend their services.”

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The Residence Visa Application Process under the Skilled Migrant Category policy:


Expression of Interest (EOI)

In your online Expression of Interest you will claim points for your qualifications, work experience, age etc. All Expressions of Interest received will be ranked from highest to lowest points and placed into a Pool.

Every fortnight Immigration New Zealand selects the Expressions of Interest with the highest point scores from the Pool. This process is called Selection.

While the SMC policy states that the minimum requirement for submitting an EOI is at 100 points, the points score that is actually necessary for an Expression of Interest to be selected from the Pool has been set at 160.

This means that all Expressions of Interest with a points score of 160 or more will automatically be selected.

Expressions of Interest that have been successfully selected from the Pool will undergo a preliminary assessment, where Immigration New Zealand will check the credibility of the information provided by you in your EOI.

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