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NZ Skilled Migrant Category Residence Visa With Qualification Assessment Via Licensed Adviser

New Zealand Skilled Migrant:

  • New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category allows all foreigners with essential skills to migrate and settle in New Zealand permanently.
  • This program is a point based scheme that allows you to work in New Zealand with access to complete labour market.
  • The SMC residence visa is granted for 24 months initially and can be converted to a PR with ease after successfully settling in New Zealand.
  • This is a family visa where you are eligible to apply for your spouse and dependent children for a residence along with your application.
  • You can get your Citizenship after 5 years following your New Zealand residence status.

 

Overview

New Zealand has a modern, prosperous and developed market economy. New Zealand was ranked 5th in the “most developed” country according to the United Nations Development Programme. New Zealand is heavily dependent on international trade.

New Zealand is a predominantly urban country, with 72 percent of the population living in 16 main urban areas and 53 percent living in the four largest cities of Wellington (capital city), Auckland, Christchurch, and Hamilton. New Zealand cities generally rank highly on international livability measures.

Skilled migrant category Residence visa:

  • Skilled migrant category visa is the residence visa granted for skilled professionals with intent to settle permanently in New Zealand.
  • To apply under the Skilled Migrant Category New Zealand, you must meet the basic requirements.
  • You need to be aged 55 or under.
  • You also have to meet the NZ standards of health, character, and English language proficiency before you start the process.

Program Update

September 7th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 7 September 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 7 September 2017.

6 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 50 & 100 points.

The next draw will be on 21 September 2017. EOIs should be received by BMB before the COP on the Monday preceding the draw. Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

September 7th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 6 September, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 06 September, 2017.

 

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. -753 (1,671 registrants)

 The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

September 2nd,2017:

NewZealand Update: Changes for Residence from Work applications

New Zealand authorities have announced that from 2 October 2017, applications for the Talent (Accredited Employer) Resident Visa and Talent (Arts, Culture, Sports) Resident Visa should be sent to Auckland for processing.

Please send your application by post to:

Immigration New Zealand

Northern Area Documentation Office

PO Box 76895

Manukau City 2241

Auckland, New Zealand

Physical address for courier delivery only (no hand delivered applications permitted):

Immigration New Zealand

Northern Area Documentation Office

DX Mail Box EP71514

20 Fairfax Avenue

Penrose, Auckland 1061

New Zealand

Note that applications for Accredited Employer status will continue to be processed at Business Migration Branch in Wellington. Please see our Office and Fees Finder for details.

All Residence from Work – Talent (Accredited Employer and Arts, Culture, Sports) applications including those submitted by Licensed Immigration Advisers and Lawyers will be processed at Manukau Area Office.

August 29th,2017:

New Zealand Skilled Migration Update: Change in Points Test & Long Term Skilled Shortage List

Please note in order to apply for Skilled Migration the following criteria need to be met:

  1. Applicants having offer employment or currently working in New Zealand should meet salary criteria and are eligible to apply even if they have 100 or more points.
  2. Applicants without offer & are outside of NZ, should have atleast 160 points or above and the occupation should be listed in Long Term Skilled Shortage List (LTSSL) and also should meet the criteria mentioned in the List in Column 3 & 4. Please find attached the list.

New Zealand authorities have announced the change in the Points Test to apply for Skilled Migration effective 28/8/2017. The following are the changes:

 

The criteria for which points are removed as per new system:

  1. Currently employed in NZ In an identified future growth area – Earlier they used to award 10 points now there are no points.
  2. Employed in NZ in an Identified future growth area for 2 to 5 years - Earlier they used to award 10 points now there are no points.
  3. Employed in NZ in an Identified future growth area for 6 years or more - Earlier they used to award 15 points now there are no points.
  4. Studied and obtained a qualification in NZ in an identified future growth area - Earlier they used to award 10 points now there are no points.
  5. Studied and obtained a qualification in NZ in an area of absolute skill shortage - Earlier they used to award 10 points now there are no points.
  6.  Close Family Support in New Zealand - Earlier they used to award 10 points now there are no points.

 

For the following criteria where points are reduced:

  1. Current Skilled Employment in NZ for 12 months or more – Points reduced from 60 to 50.
  2. Skilled Employment in NZ for 12 months or more – You will get 10 points only – Earlier they used to award 5 to 15 points based on years of experience.

 

For the following criteria points are added or increased:

 

  1. As per the new update for age between 20-39 years applicant will get 30 points. Earlier there were two slots 20-29 years & 30-39 years they used award 30 & 25 points respectively.
  2. Applicants having recognized level 9 or 10 post graduate qualifications as per the new update 70 points will be awarded – earlier they used to award 60 points.
  3. Skilled employment in NZ for 12 months or more as per the new update they will award 10 points. Earlier they used to award 5 points for 1 year of experience.
  4. Skilled Employment overseas for 4 years it has been increased to 20 points from the existing 15 points, like wise for 6 years it has been increased to 30 points from the existing 20 points, for 8 years it has been increased to 40 points from the existing 25 points, for 10 years it has been increased to 50 points from the existing 30 points.
  5. Working in NZ then income more than twice the NZ median income (Currently 46.98$ per hour or equivalent annual salary) then they will award 20 points earlier there was no such criteria.

NOTE: Please find attached the new Points Test & the Long Term Skilled Shortage List (LTSSL).

nz-new-points-test-ltssl

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

August 22nd,2017:

New Zealand Update: Updates to the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment

New Zealand authorities have announced that on 28 August 2017, the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (Appendix 3) will be updated.

It is recommended that people in the following situations check the updated lists as the changes might impact whether they can claim points for their qualifications without an individual assessment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority:

  • those intending to complete an Expression of Interest under Skilled Migrant Category instructions
  • those who have already submitted an Expression of Interest

Note: those who have been invited to apply for residence before 28 August 2017 will not be affected by these changes.

People affected may need to apply to NZQA to have their qualifications assessed. They should also update their Expressions of Interest accordingly, or contact the Immigration Contact Centre if they have any concerns.

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (Appendix 3)

The following country lists in Appendix 3 will be updated:

  • Argentina - Academic Qualifications
  • Australia - Academic Qualifications
  • Austria - Academic Qualifications
  • Belgium - Academic Qualifications
  • Canada - Academic Qualifications
  • Czech Republic - Academic Qualifications
  • Denmark - Academic Qualifications
  • France - Academic Qualifications
  • Germany - Academic Qualifications
  • Germany - Craft and Trade Qualifications
  • Germany - Technical Vocational Qualifications
  • Hong Kong - Academic Qualifications
  • Hungary - Academic Qualifications
  • India - Academic Qualifications
  • Indonesia - Academic Qualifications
  • Iran - Academic Qualifications
  • Ireland - Academic Qualifications
  • Ireland - Craft and Trade Qualifications
  • Ireland - Technical Craft Related Qualifications
  • Israel - Academic Qualifications
  • Italy - Academic Qualifications
  • Japan - Academic Qualifications
  • Malaysia - Academic Qualifications
  • Netherlands - Academic Qualifications
  • New Zealand
  • People’s Republic of China - Academic Qualifications
  • Philippines - Academic Qualifications
  • Poland - Academic Qualifications
  • Romania - Academic Qualifications
  • Singapore - Academic Qualifications
  • South Africa - Academic Qualifications
  • South Africa - Technical and Vocational Qualifications
  • South Africa - Trade Qualifications
  • South Korea - Academic Qualifications
  • South Pacific - Academic Qualifications
  • Sri Lanka - Academic Qualifications
  • Sweden - Academic Qualifications
  • Switzerland - Academic Qualifications
  • Taiwan - Academic Qualifications
  • Thailand - Academic Qualifications
  • United Kingdom - Academic Qualifications
  • United Kingdom - Technical and Vocational Qualifications
  • United Kingdom - Trade and Craft Qualifications
  • United States of America - Academic Qualifications

Two new country lists are also being created within Appendix 3, to incorporate qualifications currently contained in Appendix 8 ‘Qualifications recognised as an exception’, which is being rescinded:

  • South Africa - Other Trade Qualifications (formerly ‘South Africa Exceptions’ in Appendix 8)
  • United Kingdom - Other Trade Qualifications (formerly ‘United Kingdom Exceptions’ in Appendix 8)

The changes include:

  • Addition and removal of qualifications
  • Addition and removal of institutions
  • Changes to qualification levels
  • Changes to points that can be claimed for qualifications
  • Changes to qualification awarding dates.

The updated lists effective from 28 August 2017 are included in Amendment Circular 2017/12 in the below link.

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/updates-list-qualifications-exempt-assessment

August 17th,2017:

Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policy details announced


Detailed information about changes to the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policies is now available.

The Government recently announced changes to the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills policies, aimed at striking the right balance between ensuring New Zealanders are at the front of the queue for jobs while preserving access to the temporary migrant skills necessary for New Zealand’s continued economic growth.

The Skilled Migrant category allows for the grant of a resident visa to people with the skills and experience to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.

Changes to this category include:

  • the introduction of remuneration thresholds as an additional means of defining skilled employment
  • the requirement for previous work experience to be skilled, with more points available for skilled work experience
  • an increase in points for age between 30 and 39
  • an increase in points for level 9 and 10 post graduate qualifications
  • points for employment, work experience and qualifications in identified future growth areas, qualifications in areas of absolute skills shortage and close family in New Zealand will be removed.
 
The Essential Skills category is a temporary work visa category designed to allow employers to recruit overseas workers where shortages mean that no suitable New Zealanders are available or trainable. Changes to this category aim to manage the settlement expectations of overseas workers by:

  • introducing skill bands based on remuneration and ANZSCO skill level
  • aligning visa conditions with the skill band assessed
  • introducing a maximum amount of time visa holders can work in lower-skilled employment
  • requiring partners and dependent children of Essential Skills visa holders in lower-skilled employment to apply for visas in their own right, rather than on the basis of their relationship to a work visa holder.
 
Changes that extend the period of accreditation under the Accredited Employer policy have also been announced.

Read about changes to the Accredited Employer policy

Detailed information about the Skilled Migrant and Essential Skills changes is now available below, including immigration instructions and frequently asked questions.

 

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/smc-and-essential-skills-policy-details/essential-skills-details

August 11th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Canterbury Skill Shortage List review

Friday, 11 August 2017

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has reviewed the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) to ensure that the policy settings remain appropriate for the current stage of the Canterbury rebuild and economic recovery.

No changes have been made to the occupations on the list.  Although labour demand continues to trend downwards, migrants are needed to continue the rebuild. The CSSL facilitates work visas, mainly for migrants already in New Zealand, and will not affect New Zealanders’ opportunities for jobs.

Some changes have been made to the criteria for using the CSSL by making the requirements more generic and including a higher level of qualification in that focus area, where relevant. These changes take effect from 14 August. 

Please find attached the revised Canterbury Skill Shortage.

Where an occupation is on the CSSL, employers do not need to satisfy the labour market test to support a work visa for a migrant, as it has already been accepted that there is a significant shortage.

If an occupation is not on the CSSL, the Canterbury Skills and Employment Hub can facilitate employment of New Zealanders in Canterbury, and if there are no suitable applicants, can facilitate visa applications for migrant workers.

Opportunity Canterbury

The CSSL is reviewed and updated regularly in order to ensure that the Ministry’s policy is flexible and responsive to changing economic and labour market conditions in Canterbury. Reviews include information from labour demand modelling for the Canterbury rebuild, alongside jobseeker numbers and other labour market data. It is important that the list reflects genuine skill shortages so New Zealanders are not disadvantaged in seeking employment and training. 

You can test whether an occupation is on any of the shortage lists, or on the list of occupations recognised for residence applications under the Skilled Migrant Category, by using the Skill Shortage List Checker. This provides information and the requirements for each of the lists.

The next review of the CSSL is expected to be finalised in early 2018.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

canterbury-skill-shortage-list

July 27th,2017:

NewZealand Update: Essential Skills work visa changes -Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Government has made decisions on proposals announced in April to change the settings for temporary migrant workers under the Essential Skills policy.

The changes will support already announced changes to the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) residence policy and strike the right balance between ensuring New Zealanders are at the front of the queue for jobs and preserving access to the temporary migrant labour necessary for New Zealand’s continued economic growth.

The changes follow a consultation exercise and include:

  • The introduction of remuneration bands to assess the skill level of roles offered to Essential Skills visa applicants
  • The introduction of a maximum duration of three years for lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders, after which they will need to spend 12 months outside New Zealand before they can be granted an Essential Skills visa to work in another lower-skilled role, and
  • Requiring the partners and children of lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders to meet the requirements for a visa in their own right (they will still have access to short-term visitor visas).

The changes are designed to continue to enable employers to employ temporary migrant workers where there are genuine shortages while ensuring that lower-skilled migrants are clear about their future prospects in New Zealand.

The changes will be introduced on 28 August this year, at the same time as the changes to the SMC.

Detailed information about the application of these policy changes will be available within the next fortnight. That information will be published on the INZ website and will include how the remuneration threshold will be calculated, implications for family members of workers in lower-skilled roles, and how the stand-down period will be applied.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 25th,2017:

Vetassess Skills Assessment Update: Introduction Priority Processing and Change in Skills Assessment Fee effective 1 August 2017

Priority Processing Service:

Vetassess has announced that they are launching Priority Processing service for the  General Professional Occupation applicants. This premium service will offer applicants the option to fast track their application for an additional fee.

Priority Processing will ensure that the application is finalised within 10 business days. Consideration for Priority Processing will only be given to new ONLINE applications lodged after 1 August 2017. Full details about this service including the eligibility criteria to be considered will be available on the website from Tuesday 1 August 2017.

This service will not have an impact on our usual skills assessments services, which will continue to be provided in line with our standard processing times.

Change in Skills Assessment Fee effective 1 August 2017:

Vetassess has announced that to continue to provide with efficient and high-quality skills assessment services, there will be a modest increase to our skills assessments fees for General Professional Occupations from 1 August 2017

Please find attached the details of the new fee effective 1 August 2017.

new_zealand_-_skilled_migrant

July 20th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 19 July, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 19 July, 2017.

 

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. -1,504 (2,813 registrants)

 The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 14th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 14 July 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 13 July 2017.

5 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 50 & 105 points.

The next draw will be on 27 July 2017.Up to 25 applications with the highest points value will be selected from that draw and each fortnightly draw thereafter until further notice.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 11th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Samoan Quota ballot results released

New Zealand authorities have released the ballot draws that occurred on 30 June 2017, all successful registration numbers for the Samoan Quota are now available.

If your registration number appears in the list in the below link your registration was successful and you will be contacted directly by Immigration New Zealand within the next two weeks with information about the next steps and how to apply for residence in New Zealand.

Successful applicants selected from the ballot process have until 28 March 2018 to lodge their formal residence visa applications and the principal applicant or their partner must also have an acceptable job offer from a New Zealand employer.

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/samoan-quota-ballot-results

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 10th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 5 July, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 5 July, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

 

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. - 908 (1,675 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 3rd,2017

New Zealand Update: Last selection date under the current Skilled Migrant Category Policy Monday, 3 July 2017

The last date on which a selection of Expressions of Interest (EOIs) will occur from the current Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) pool is 19 July 2017.

A revised SMC policy will be implemented on 14 August 2017.  Advice will be provided in due course regarding the first selection from the SMC pool after this date.

Expressions of Interest that are selected from the SMC pool before the introduction of the revised policy and result in an invitation to apply for residence, will be assessed against the SMC criteria in place prior to 14 August 2017.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

July 3rd,2017

New Zealand Update: Visa Application Centre Service Fee Increase Monday, 3 July 2017

New Zealand Authorities have announced that on 10 July 2017 the service fee payable to a number of Visa Application Centres (VACs) will increase.

Service fees payable to VACs in the following locations will be changing:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Vietnam
  • Russia
  • South Africa

To ensure you pay the correct fee please check our Office and Fee Finder or the VFS Global website.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.
 

July 1st,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Investor (Investor 2 category)Thursday, 29 June 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday 29 June 2017.

1 EOI was selected from the EOI pool which claimed 85 points.

The next draw will be on 13 July 2017.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

June 24th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme - Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 21 June, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 21 June, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. - 708 (1,389 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

June 21st,2017:

New Zealand Update: New transitional policy under Investor 2 lets applicants choose which version of the policy to use Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Recent changes to the Investor 2 Category allow people with applications or invitations to apply to choose whether they want to be assessed under the current or the previous version of the policy.

The Investor Categories changed on 22 May 2017 to put in place incentives for applicants to invest more of their funds in growth investments. Changes have just been made to allow Investor 2 applicants and people who were invited to apply under the previous policy to choose whether they would like to be assessed under the version of the policy from before 22 May or the current version. 

Comparison of the current and previous policy

Each person will need to consider whether the current or the previous policy is better for them given their individual circumstances. The advantage of being assessed under the current version of the policy is that visas can be granted with conditions allowing a greater degree of flexibility with regards to the time the person is required to spend in New Zealand, provided they invest a minimum of $750,000 in growth investments.  However, the current version of the policy requires a minimum investment of $3 million, compared with the previous minimum investment of $1.5 million.

The table sets out the differences between the requirements of two versions of the policy for current Investor 2 applicants and people who were invited to apply under the previous policy.

Requirement

Investor 2 policy 
BEFORE 22 May 2017

Investor 2 policy 
AFTER 22 May 2017

Minimum investment amount

$1.5 million

$3 million

Settlement funds

$1m

$0

Time required to be spent in New Zealand after the grant of a visa

40% of each of final 3 years of the 4 year investment period (146 days per year)

40% of each of final 3 years of the 4 year investment period (146 days per year)

or

438 days over 4 years if minimum of $750,000 is invested in ‘growth investments’ (investments other than bonds or philanthropic investments)

 

Additional evidence you must supply

You must show evidence supporting the claims you made in your expression of interest with regards to:

  • English language
  • business experience
  • investment funds

You must show evidence1 of:

  • 3 years of business experience
  • meeting minimum English language requirements (an IELTS overall score of 3.0)
  • investment funds as claimed in your expression of interest, if you claimed more than $3 

 

June 7th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  7 June, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 7 June, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 592 (1,140 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

June 3rd,2017:

New Zealand Update: Changes for residence applications processed in London

From 1 July 2017, Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) residence applications currently processed in London will be processed in Auckland, New Zealand.

Instead of sending your SMC residence application to the London Visa Application Centre (VAC), you should send it directly to one of the following addresses:

By Post:

Immigration New Zealand

PO Box 76895

Manukau City 2241

Auckland, New Zealand

Physical address for courier delivery only:

Immigration New Zealand

Level 3, 20 Amersham way

Manukau 2104

Auckland, New Zealand

If you were invited to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category and your Invitation to Apply letter asked you to send your application to the London VAC, you should send your application to New Zealand if you expect it to arrive on or after 1 July 2017.

They recommend that you use a reputable international mail service when sending us your application and that you make a copy of your application before you send it to us.

Note that you do not need to send originals of your documents – we will accept certified copies of your documents including your passport (copy the biographic data page only).

Applications lodged by a Licensed Immigration Advisor or lawyer after 1 July will be processed at Henderson Area Office in Auckland, New Zealand. Applications received before this date will be processed at London Area Office.

Up until 1 July 2017, you should continue to send your application to the London VAC.

May 25th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category) 

Friday, 19 May 2017

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Friday, 19 May 2017.

11 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 70 and 79 points.

The following table provides an indication of remaining EOIs in the pool after the draw has taken place.

< 60 pts

60-64

65-69

2

3

2

 

Total number of EOIs remaining in the pool: 7

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

May 25th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  24 May, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 24 May, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 586 (1,127 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

 

May 13th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)
Thursday, 11 May 2017
A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday, 11 May 2017.

24 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 70 and 95 points.

The following table provides an indication of remaining EOIs in the pool after the draw has taken place.

< 60 pts60-6465-69
243
 
 
Total number of EOIs remaining in the pool: 9

 

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

May 4th,2017:

Immigration NZ Update: Internet Scam
 
Immigration NZ has announced that it is aware of an internet scam inviting doctors to apply under the Skilled Migrant category for roles at a hospital which does not exist.

The recruitment drive for the hospital uses fraudulent documents in the name of MBIE’s Chief Executive, and INZ approval letters supposedly signed by the Minister of Immigration.

Additionally a New Zealand lawyer’s identity is being used by the scammers in an attempt to legitimise the fraudulent activity and encourage them to hand over fees. The lawyer in question has no knowledge of or involvement in this scheme at all.

Any person receiving documentation from St Vincent Ranui Hospital, Wellington, or the lawyer regarding the hospital, should be aware that this is a scam and should not pay any fees or costs.

 

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

April 28th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Investor (Investor 2 category)

A selection of Expressions of Interest (EOI) under the Migrant Investment Category, Investor (Investor 2 category), took place on Thursday, 27 April 2017.

32 EOIs were selected from the EOI pool which claimed between 70 and 119 points.

The following table provides an indication of remaining EOIs in the pool after the draw has taken place.

< 60 pts60-6465-69
453

Total number of EOIs remaining in the pool: 12

The next draw will be on 11 May 2017, and the final draw under the current instructions is likely to be on 19 May 2017.

Note: EOIs accepted in September 2016 are now being withdrawn from the EOI Pool as they have failed to be selected from the EOI Pool after 6 months (as per Immigration Instructions).
 

April 27th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  26 April, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 26 April, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 462 (871 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

April 19th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Review of temporary migrant work settings

The New Zealand Government has announced it is consulting on proposed changes to temporary migration settings to manage the number and settlement expectations of new migrants coming to New Zealand on Essential Skills work visas. The proposals are also designed to stop the reoccurrence of pools of long-term temporary migrants with no pathway to residence.

The proposals for public consultation, which Cabinet have agreed to in principle, include:

  • the introduction of remuneration bands to determine the skill level of an Essential Skills visa holder, which would align with the remuneration thresholds being introduced for residence applicants under the  Skilled Migrant Category 
  • the introduction of a maximum duration of three years for lower-skilled Essential Skills visa holders, after which there will be a minimum stand down period before they can apply for another lower-skilled Essential Skills visa, and
  • aligning the ability of Essential Skills visa holders to bring their children and partners to New Zealand, with the new skill levels.

The proposals are designed to continue to enable firms to access temporary migrant workers where they have genuine shortages while reinforcing the temporary nature of work visas and reducing expectations of settlement from temporary migrants with no pathway to residence.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

April 19th,2017:

New Zealand Update: Skilled Migrant Category changes

The NewZealand Government has announced a package of changes designed to better manage immigration and improve the labour market contribution of temporary and permanent migration.

Two remuneration thresholds are being introduced for applicants applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC). One will be set at the New Zealand median income of $48,859 a year for jobs that are currently considered skilled. The other threshold will be set at 1.5 times the New Zealand median income of $73,299 a year for jobs that are not currently considered skilled but are well paid.

The automatic selection mark for applicants under the SMC was increased from 140 points to 160 in October last year and the Government has now realigned the points system to put more emphasis on characteristics associated with better outcomes for migrants.

More points will be available for skilled work experience and some recognised post graduate qualifications, and points for age will increase for applicants aged 30-39.

Points will no longer be available for qualifications in areas of absolute skills shortage, for employment, work experience and qualifications in Identified Future Growth Areas and for close family in New Zealand.

The above changes will be implemented in mid-August 2017.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

April 13th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  12 April, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 12 April, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 415 (776 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

March 30th,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  29 March, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 29 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 456 (901 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

March 28th,2017:

DIBP Update: Planned System Maintenance

DIBP has announced that ImmiAccount will be unavailable on the following dates/times Canberra time:

* 1am to 5am Sunday 2 April 2017

This update is applicable for all the applicants applying for visa.

March 21st,2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  15 March, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 15 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 464 (904 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

March 4th, 2017 : 

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  1 March, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 1 March, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 432 (820 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

February 18th, 2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday,  15 February, 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 15 February, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 406 (772 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

February 4th, 2017:

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 1 February 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 1 February, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 347 (676 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only. 

January 20th,2017 :

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 18 January 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 18 January, 2017.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 459 (855 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

December 23rd, 2016 :

New Zealand Residence Programme – Skilled Migrant Category fortnightly selection

Wednesday, 21 December 2016.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest selection took place at approximately 1.00pm NZ time on Wednesday 21 December, 2016.

The following EOIs were selected:

All EOIs with a points total of 160 or more. – 395 (791 registrants)

The next selection will take place in a fortnight.

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

December 19th, 2016 :

New Zealand EOI Update: Expression of Interest selections over the holiday period for Skilled Migrant and Investor 2 categories

During the upcoming holiday period, the Expression of Interest selections will be delayed until later in January 2017.

The Skilled Migrant Category Expression of Interest (EOI) final draw for 2016 will take place on Wednesday 21st December. The first draw in 2017 will take place on Wednesday the 18 January 2017.

The Investor 2 Expression of Interest (EOI) final draw for 2016 will take place on Thursday 22 December. The first draw in 2017 will take place on Thursday the 19 January.

Immigration New Zealand offices within New Zealand will be closed between 25 December 2016 and the 3 of January 2017. Applicants may experience some delays in receiving any Invitation to Apply (ITA) under the Skilled Migrant Category or Investor 2 categories.

This update is applicable for all the skilled migrants and investors applying for New Zealand Migration.

October 28th,2016 : 

New Zealand Skilled Migration Category: TOEFL iBT is accepted

Immigration New Zealand has stated that qualifying to work in New Zealand just got easier. Immigration New Zealand just announced that starting November 21, 2016, you can submit a TOEFL iBT®score to prove English-language proficiency for the Skilled Migration Category. To qualify for a skilled migration visa, applicants will need to obtain a total score of 79 or greater on the TOEFL test. Applicants can use their score from a TOEFL test they sat for within the last 2 years of the date they submit their application. 

Please note that all the applications for New Zealand SMC visa should be applied through licensed New Zealand Immigration agents only.

 

 

 

 

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Resident visas and Job Search visas

If they feel that the applicant has the ability to settle in NZ successfully contributes to New Zealand, and they will offer you a resident visa.

If they feel you have the potential, but want to see how you settle, they can give you a job search visa, based on which you can use to help obtain an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand for up to nine months. If you obtain skilled employment in this time you will have shown your ability to settle and contribute, and your residence application will be approved by the department. The applicants who meet the requirements of skilled employment or Job offer or studies from New Zealand will be considered as meeting the ability to settle in NZ successfully, all other applications will be assessed to check if they meet the ability to settle and can be decided accordingly whether to grant a residence visa or job search visa.

The SMC Job Search visa is an opportunity to seek skilled employment in New Zealand. It is not a guarantee of work, a job offer, or of residence. Immigration New Zealand advises against the sale of assets, the termination of children’s schooling, and the shipping of household items to New Zealand until an applicant’s residence status is fully approved. You must also carry enough funds while travelling to New Zealand towards your stay and other expenses, if you were granted a Job search visa.

Residence visa granted will allow you work and settle in NZ for at least 24 months and travel indefinitely. After completing 24 months you will be eligible to apply for a Permanent resident visa considering you were a resident for a total of 184 days or more in each of the two 12-month portions of the 24 months immediately preceding the permanent resident visa application. You do not have to provide any extra evidence, other than your passport(s).

Citizenship: You need to have, lived in legally in New Zealand for five years (formerly three years) before applying for citizenship, depending on when you were granted residence.

Benefits for NZ Permanent Residents

Most permanent residents are eligible to become citizens after a waiting period of 5 years residence. Permanent residents enjoy many of the rights and privileges of citizens, including voting and access to free or subsidized legal and health services and education.

Benefits of permanent resident status include:

  • Unrestricted rights to live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Right to apply for New Zealand citizenship after fulfilling normal residence requirements.
  • Domestic fees for education.
  • Right to sponsor relatives for permanent residence, subject to fulfilling residence criteria and assurance of support requirements.
  • Children born inside New Zealand will be New Zealand citizens by birth.
  • Right to access medical and social security benefit.

Eligibility

An applicant must meet at least 100 points to get automatically selected from the pool , where the selection process will be held every fortnight.

Points can be granted on various factors like Age, skilled employment or Job offer from NZ, recent work experience in an occupation as per Long-term skills shortage list, Spouse Job offer, Spouse qualifications, Family or close relatives in New Zealand.

Application process:

Basic Requirements to apply:

To apply under the Skilled Migrant Category New Zealand, you must meet the basic requirements. You need to be aged 55 or under. You also have to meet the NZ standards of health, character, and English language proficiency before you start the process.

Expression of Interest:

This is the first step towards making an application. If you qualify and meet the required threshold points of 100-140, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), in which you claim points for skills, experience, and other factors.

EOI pool and the pool draw:

If you have claimed 100 points or more on your EOI, it goes into the Pool. Every fortnight, all EOIs over 140 points are automatically selected for an invitation to apply. After this, lower scoring EOIs with certain factors, such as skilled employment in New Zealand, are selected.

All non selected application can still remain in the pool for at least 6 months and can be sent invitations based on the requirement. If you are not receiving a response within the 6 months of application made date your application is considered as ceased.

Invitation to Apply:

Once your EOI is drawn from the pool, NZ will examine it and if they find it credible, you will be send an Invitation to Apply (ITA). You will have to show proof of the claims made on your EOI. This means medical and police certificates, proof of English language ability, and documentation regarding your skills, experience, and other factors.

The application form sent along with the invitation contains the information that you provided in your EOI. You will check the information and return back with the documents in support of the claims made in the application.

The SMC residence application will be assessed based on the date the application is made towards residence visa. So, one must ensure that though the EOI is approved the same criteria remains and you are eligible for all the claimed points even at the time of visa application made.

Full assessment:

The application for a residence visa must be made anytime within the 4 months from the date of invitation received in response to the EOI submitted.

Once they receive your application and documents towards the residence visa, they will start assessing your application for residence.

They shall assess you on your ability to settle in New Zealand successfully and they can also interview you if required.

Application Fee

Stages

Online Application

Paper Application

EOI

NZ$ 510

NZ$ 650

   

Qualification Assessment (if required)*

  

Pre Assessment

NZ$ 138

 

Full Assessment

NZ$746

 
   

Fee towards Application for Residence

 

USD 1970

   

Migrant Levy**

  

For applicants aged five and over

 

NZ$310

For Applicants below the age of five

 

NZ$155

 * New Zealand Qualification Assessment (if required):

 If your qualifications are not listed in the recognized institutes exempted from assessment, you need a Pre-assessment result to file your EOI application and upon approval must get the International qualifications assessment completed.

** If there are more than four people included in a single application, the migrant levy is only payable by the four oldest family members.

Process Time

Evaluation: 48 hours

New Zealand Authorities Process Time (EOI application): 20-30 days after EOI pool draw.

New Zealand Authorities Process Time (Residence visa application-SMC): 12 -24 months.

NZQA Pre Assessment: NZ$138, Process time will be 20-30 days.

NZQA Full Assessment: NZ$746, Process time: 35 to 40 days.

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