New Zealand Immigration Services
Immigration to New Zealand for Skilled Workers
Recent changes and enhancements to New Zealand’s Skilled Migration scheme have made their selection system a little more flexible, hence the recent increase of interest in migration to New Zealand by skilled workers under this category.
New Zealand’s selection system is one of the worlds best with two equally important stages to consider before you make an application for skilled migration to New Zealand.
In order to be considered under this Permanent Resident visa category, you will need to firstly submit an Expression of Interest form.
Expression of Interest:
The current pass mark for in order to be considered for an Expression of Interest selection for immigration to New Zealand as a skilled worker is now 100 - down from 195 in February 2004!
At this stage you will need to prepare an extremely informative Expression of Interest form to the New Zealand Immigration Services. This form will be the ‘statement’ of your points score and personal details.
A selection will take place every fortnight and if selected within a 3-month period, you will be invited to apply for a Permanent Resident visa.
If you are meet the following criteria then you may be eligible for New Zealand Skilled Migration:
- Obtain a recognised basic qualification or a recognised post-graduate qualifications equivalent to a New Zealand two or three year tertiary qualification (e.g. Bachelors degree, Diploma)
- Have at least two years work experience in an Labour Market which is comparable to that of the New Zealand Labour Market
- Less than 55 years of age at the time of the application
You may also qualify for bonus points if you:
- Have a close family member currently residing in New Zealand and New Zealand is their main place of residence
- Have a skilled partner with recognised basic qualification or a recognised post-graduate qualifications
- Have gained at least 12 months current skilled employment in New Zealand
- Have obtained an offer of employment in New Zealand OR gained current skilled employment in New Zealand for less than 12 months
There are a number of other things to consider in order to correctly allocate points and make a valid application.
- A high level of competence in English (IELTS 6.5).
- Ability to provide financial support and accommodation for yourself and your family for your first two years in New Zealand.
Please note that:
- all residence applicants must provide medical certificates and those aged 17 and older, must provide Police certificates. In most categories, a high level of English language skills is required.
- you must have sufficient financial resources to support yourself and your family for your first two years in New Zealand.