New Zealand offers many opportunities for skilled migrants, particularly in industries and regions experiencing growth and skill shortages. The Skilled Migrant Category is for potential migrants who are interested in gaining New Zealand residence and have readily transferable skills and experience.
1. IELTS (G or A) Scores meet 6.5 at least
2. EOI points meet 160 Scores
3. Good health condition and no criminal record
Definition of Skilled Employment:
The assessment of whether someone’s employment is skilled for the purposes of the Skilled Migrant Category is primarily based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), which associates a skill level with each occupation. The assessment also takes into account the level of remuneration you are receiving for your employment.
The term ‘employment’ as it is used throughout this guide refers to any job in New Zealand you are currently working in, or a job offer from New Zealand that you may have received—either could make you eligible for 50 points for skilled employment. The term ‘occupation’ will usually refer to the closest matching ANZSCO occupation that you will need to claim in your EOI.
The job title for your employment may not match the title of an ANZSCO occupation and you may need to spend some time looking through the ANZSCO (www.immigration.govt.nz/ANZSCO) to find the closest match. Some ANZSCO occupations have alternative titles or specialist roles that may provide clues. The CareersNZ website (www.careers.govt.nz) is another good source of information about jobs in New Zealand and may assist you to find a matching occupation.
How do I know if my job is skilled?
To be eligible for points for skilled employment, you must fulfill criteria in one of three ways as set out below, and be able to show you meet the respective training and/or experience requirements (in the form of recognized qualifications, work experience or occupational registration). If your employment does not meet any of the criteria below, or you cannot show you meet the applicable training and experience requirements, you cannot claim points for skilled employment.
i. Your employment substantially matches an ANZSCO occupation at skill levels 1–3 and you are paid $25 NZD or more per hour, or the equivalent annual salary
ii. Your employment substantially matches an ANZSCO occupation at skill levels 4–5 and you are paid $37.5 NZD or more per hour, or the equivalent annual salary
iii. Your employment is in an occupation not included in the ANZSCO and you are paid $37.5 NZD or more per hour, or the equivalent annual salary
Process of apply for Skilled Migrant:
Applying under the Skilled Migrant Category is a two-stage process: you submit an EOI into the EOI Pool and wait to see if it is selected. If you are invited to apply for residence, you then have a four month period to lodge a residence application.
The Skilled Migrant Category Points Schedule:
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