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Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

About this visa

We invite people who have the skills to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth to apply for this visa. Before we can invite you to apply, we’ll first need you to send us an Expression of Interest (EOI) telling us about your work experience, qualifications and ability to settle in New Zealand. If your Expression of Interest is successful we’ll offer you the opportunity to apply to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely.

Overview

DURATION

Indefinitely

AGE RANGE

55 years or under

Emigration Process

Step

Process

Step 1: Eligibility

To be eligible for emigration to New Zealand under the Skilled Migrant category, you must:

  • Be under 56 years of age;
  • Meet the health, character and English language requirements;
  • You must also be able to score at least 100 points in the Points System to submit an Expression of Interest. Points are assigned on the basis of your skills, relevant work experience, qualifications, age and if you have a job offer in New Zealand.

In addition, further points are awarded if an eligible partner has any relevant skills, work experience, qualifications or a job offer.

Step 2: Expression of Interest

An Expression of Interest allows the NZIS to assess your health, character, age and English language ability as well as other relevant information.

Step 3: Selection of Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest are pooled and ranked from highest to lowest points. Regular selections are made from the pool and successful applicants will be invited by the NZIS to lodge an application for residence.

Step 4: Application for Residence

In your application you will need to supply evidence to support all claims made in your Expression of Interest. The date that you make your  residence application with the NZIS determines the policy that your application will be assessed against. It is therefore vital to lodge your application as soon as possible to avoid any potentially negative changes to migration legislation.

Step 5: Assessment

The NZIS assesses the evidence provided in the application, as well as your ability to make a valuable contribution to New Zealand's social and economic development.

 

 

 

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your residence application.

Things to note

  • We use a points-based system to assess expressions of interest.
  • Currently, we are only selecting EOIs with 160 points or above.
  • This visa isn’t designed for people who are self-employed. If you want to work in your own business, you may wish to apply for an Entrepreneur Resident Visa instead.

 

Visa conditions

If you are granted a visa, there are conditions that you must meet. These visa conditions are described below.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you’ll be given on the way to New Zealand.

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don't meet our character requirements
  • your circumstances have changed since you were granted a visa
  • you refuse to let us take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them.

TRAVELLING TO AND ARRIVING IN NEW ZEALAND

Work (if you have an offer of skilled employment in Auckland)

If you were awarded points for an offer of skilled employment in Auckland, you must:

  • take up that job within 3 months of coming to New Zealand
  • stay in that job for 3 months.

You must provide evidence within 5 years of your first day in New Zealand as a resident that you stayed in your skilled employment for at least 3 months.

So we can get in touch with you to check your evidence, you’ll need to let us know if your address changes during this time.

Work (if you have an offer of skilled employment outside of Auckland)

If you were awarded points for an offer of skilled employment outside of Auckland, you must:

  • take up that job within 3 months of coming to New Zealand
  • stay in that job for 12 months.

You must provide evidence within 5 years of your first day in New Zealand as a resident that you stayed in your skilled employment for at least 12 months.

So we can get in touch with you to check your evidence, you’ll need to let us know if your address changes during this time.

Work (if you have current skilled employment in Auckland)

If you were awarded points for your current skilled employment in Auckland, and you’ve been working in that job for less than 3 months, you must stay in the job for at least 3 months.

You must provide evidence within 5 years of your first day in New Zealand as a resident that you stayed in your skilled employment for at least 3 months.

So we can get in touch with you to check your evidence, you’ll need to let us know if your address changes during this time.

Work (if you have current skilled employment outside of Auckland)

If you were awarded points for your current skilled employment outside of Auckland, and you’ve been working in that job for less than 3 months, you must stay in the job for at least 12 months.

You must provide evidence within 5 years of your first day in New Zealand as a resident that you stayed in your skilled employment for at least 12 months.

So we can get in touch with you to check your evidence, you’ll need to let us know if your address changes during this time.

Keep your visa in a valid passport

If you want to travel, your visa must be in a valid passport.

If your passport expires, you must apply to transfer your visa to a new passport before you can travel.

To transfer your visa, you must:

  • send us your old and new passports
  • complete an ‘Application for Transfer or Confirmation of a Visa’
  • pay a transfer fee.

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like until your travel conditions expire.

To travel after that, you’ll need to apply for and be granted either:

  • a Permanent Resident Visa
  • a variation of your travel conditions, which would allow you to return to New Zealand at a later date. 

Your travel conditions will expire 2 years from the date you first arrive in New Zealand as a resident.

If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.

Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements of this visa.

Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

  • 2 acceptable photos
  • your passport or certificate of identity
  • your full birth certificate.

ACCEPTABLE PHOTOS

Passports must be valid for at least 3 months after you plan to leave New Zealand.

If you’re applying for this visa outside of New Zealand, you’ll need to supply a pre-paid courier envelope, for us to return your passport and/or any other original identity documents.

If you do not have a full birth certificate, you must provide all of the following:

  • a ‘No record of birth registration’
  • a Permanent Account Number (PAN) card or Voters Card or Indian driver’s license
  • a school leaving certificate or class 10th or 12th passing certificate which includes your name, date of birth and your father’s name
  • a statutory declaration or an affidavit sworn before a Magistrate/Notary Public which states your full name, date and place of birth and both your parent’s full names.

You don’t need to provide proof of your identity until you’re invited to apply for residence.

Character

You must be of good character

If you’re 17 or over, you must provide a Police Certificate from:

  • your country of citizenship
  • any other country where you’ve spent 12 months or more over the last 10 years, even if you didn’t spend that 12 months all in one visit.

GOOD CHARACTER
POLICE CERTIFICATES

You don’t need to provide any Police Certificates until you’re invited to apply for residence.

Health

You must be in good health

You must have a chest x-ray and a medical examination as proof of your good health.

You don’t need to have an x-ray or medical examination until you’re invited to apply for residence.

English language

You must be able to speak English

You will need to provide one of these with your application:

  • An acceptable English language test result.
  • Evidence you’re a citizen of Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA), and you have spent at least five years working or studying in those countries, or in Australia or New Zealand.
  • Evidence you have a recognised qualification that’s comparable to a New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree, which you gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. You must have also studied for at least two years in any of those countries to get that qualification.
  • Evidence you have a recognised qualification that’s comparable to a postgraduate New Zealand qualification, which you gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. You must have also studied for at least one year in any of those countries to get that qualification. 

 ACCEPTABLE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST RESULTS

English language test results must be no more than 2 years old.

Regardless of the other evidence you provide, if you don’t provide an acceptable English language test result, we may ask for one as evidence you meet the English language requirements.

Age

You must be 55 years or under when you apply for residence

If you’re invited to apply for residence, we’ll use the documents you provide as proof of your identity to confirm your age.

Skilled employment

You must be able to work in skilled employment

If invited to apply for residence, you must provide evidence you're able to work in skilled employment, including having the necessary:

  • work experience
  • qualifications
  • occupational registration.

OCCUPATIONAL REGISTRATION

Expression of interest

You must send us an Expression of Interest (EOI)

For us to enter your EOI into our selection pool, you must be able to claim at least 100 points under our points system.

You can use our Points indicator tool to get an idea of how many points you may be able to claim - scroll down to see the tool.

EOIs are valid for 6 months.

Invitation to apply for residence

You must be invited to apply for residence

If invited to apply for residence, you must apply within 4 months of receiving your invitation.

Your invitation to apply will include the specific evidence you need to provide to support the claims you made in your EOI, which may include:

  • an employment agreement
  • a job description
  • your full or provisional occupational registration, if New Zealand law requires you to have it do your job
  • original or certified copies of your qualifications and your course transcripts
  • a report from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) confirming any qualification that isn’t on our list of recognised or exempt qualifications
  • references, payslips, tax records or contracts that confirm your work experience
  • birth certificates for any close family who live in New Zealand that show you are related
  • proof that any close family you have claimed points for live in New Zealand.
  • If you’re unable to provide evidence to support the claims you made in your EOI, we may not be able to grant you a visa.