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In a fast developing country like New Zealand, there is a constant need for highly educated and skilled workers in all sectors of economy. To facilitate the growing need of skilled workers, the department of Immigration New Zealand has streamlined a skilled migrant visa category.

The Skilled Migrant Category offers skilled workers from all over the world an opportunity to New Zealand to work and gain Permanent Residence. To be eligible to apply under the Skilled Migrant visa category, an individual must meet the basic eligibility criteria. You must: -

  • be between the age bracket of 22 (should be 20) to 55 years.
  • be fit and healthy.
  • be of good character with no terrorist or criminal records
  • have proficiency in both written and spoken English
  • be registered with an appropriate professional body of your occupation.

Application Process

Submit an Expression of Interest

Submitting an Expression of Interest is the first step to applying for a Skilled Migrant visa category. The form outlines your general background information and consists of a skilled worker point system. You must claim points on the basis of your a ge, qualifications, skills, work experience, and (close relative in New Zealand) etc. The first section of the form requires standard immigration information to help Immigration New Zealand ensure that you are of good character, fall in the defined age bar, are in good health, and that you do not present any security risk to New Zealand and its citizens.

The EOI Pool Draw

Once you submit your Expression of Interest against your Skilled Migrant visa, it is then put into the selection pool in case you have a job offer or your points total up to 100 or more. Applicants with 140 points or more are automatically selected to apply for the skilled worker immigration visa category. If there still remain some vacancies, Immigration New Zealand selects as many additional applicants with 100 points or more as possible during their fortnight selections.

Information on the Expression of Interest form is thoroughly check and verified at this stage. Applications with misleading information or those that are incomplete are rejected and send back to the applicant. On the other hand, selected applicants are sent an Invitation to Apply.

Your Invitation to Apply

Applicants who have been selected from the EOI pool are sent an official Invitation to Apply (ITA) At this stage, the applicants will be required to furnish evidences against the claims made in their Expression of Interest form including police clearance certificates, medical reports, proof of English language proficiency and other documents related to your education, skills, work and experience, passports and the applicable fees.

Assessment & Approval

Once an application has been received, it is assessed for New Zealand’s Permanent Residence. Apart from verifying that the applicant meets all the skilled migrant visa requirements, he/she is further assessed on his/her intended ability to settle successfully in New Zealand. At this stage, some applicants may also be called for a round of interview at the New Zealand Embassy.

If an applicant successfully passes all the over mentioned stages and has proved his/her ability to settle in New Zealand and contribute significantly to its economy, the applicant is offered a residence visa or permit. Some applicants may receive a work to residence permit instead, which will give them a period of nine months to obtain employment in New Zealand.

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Q1. What is a Skilled Migrant Visa category for immigration to New Zealand?

The Skilled Migrant Category has been designed for those individuals who have the desired skills, work experience and qualifications to work in New Zealand and can contribute to its economic development.

Q2. How do I submit an Expression Of Interest (EOI) under Skilled Migrant visa category for New Zealand?

Individuals can either submit their complete EOI form online or send it to the visa immigration department by post.

Q3. What happens after I submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form?

In case your Expression of Interest form has a score of 100 points or more, it is put in the EOI pool. Fortnightly the visa immigration officials automatically select EOIs with a score of 140 points or over from the EOI pool. If there are spaces left, then EOIs with a score between 100 and 139 points that include points for a skilled jobs and/or job offer. The EOIs are only valid for a period of six months. If an EOI is not selected within six months, it expires and is withdrawn from the pool.

Q4. What happens if my EOI is selected from the pool?

In case your EOI form is selected from the pool, the visa immigration officials check that the information furnished in the EOI meets the requirements for visa and permanent residence. If it does, the department will send you an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category and an application form consisting of all the information you shared with the immigration department about yourself.

Q5. How soon is a visa application processed?

The time taken by the immigration department to process a visa application varies depending on:

  • the requirements of the immigration instructions an applicant has applied under.
  • the completeness of the visa application form.
  • how easily the visa officials are able to check and verify the furnished information.
  • how quickly an applicant responds to any concerns raised by the officials.

Q6. What are things that can delay a skilled worker visa category application?

  • Any existing medical condition,
  • A criminal judgment listed on your police certificate.
  • Work references which do not list your position, start and end dates of employment and whether you worked full or part time.
  • Any child custody issue which may be included with a residence application.
  • Verification work delays.

Q7. How much does it cost to submit an EOI under Skilled Migrant visa category for New Zealand?

Online EOI application submission can cost NZ$530.00. On the other hand, submitting a paper-based EOI can cost NZ$680.

Q8. What is point based system?

A point based system is a way of assessing an applicant's ability to work and significantly contribute to the economy of New Zealand. Points are allotted on factors such as:-

  • Age
  • Close Family in New Zealand
  • Skilled Employment
  • Work Experience
  • (NZ Work Experience)
  • Qualifications
  • English proficiency
  • Other bonus points.

Q9. Who all are classified as ‘close family’ members?

Immigration New Zealand defines an individual’s partner, adult brother or sister, adult children or parent(s) living in New Zealand as “close family” members.

Q10. Why use the services of WWICS Global Resettlement Solutions?

Acquiring a visa under Skilled Migrant immigration category to New Zealand can be a tedious task. Availing the services of an expert consultant like WWICS Global Resettlement Solutions can save your time, money and efforts. At WWICS, we have a team of qualified professionals who have extensive experience in visa, immigration and settlement process. We can guide you through the entire visa process, keep you updated about the processing times and even take care of all the legal formalities that follow.

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