How do I know if I am eligible for New Zealand emigration?

How do I know if I am eligible for New Zealand emigration?

You may be eligible to emigrate to New Zealand with their Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa. Check if you qualify using this point guide.

Prerequisites to apply for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa 

To be eligible for this visa, you must meet all these minimum requirements:

  •         An acceptable standard of health
  •         Be of good character
  •         Have proven English language capabilities
  •         Be under the age of 56 years
  •         Score a minimum of 100 points.

Calculate your points score 

Use this table to calculate your score.

Current skilled employment or offer of skilled employment in New Zealand50
Area of absolute skill shortage10
A region outside of Auckland30
Partner’s skilled employment or offer of skilled employment in New Zealand20
High remuneration20
Skilled work experience of two years10
Four years20
Six years30
Eight years40
Ten or more years50
One or more year of skilled work experience in New Zealand10
Two to five years’ work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage10
Six years or more work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage15
Recognised level 3 qualification (if included in the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment)40
Recognised level 4-6 qualification40
Recognised level 7 or 8 qualification50
Recognised level 9 or 10 qualification70
Two years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised New Zealand Bachelor degree (level 7)10
One year of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification10
Two years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification15
Partner qualification – recognised level 7 or 810
Partner qualification – recognised level 9+20
Aged 20 – 39 years30
40 – 44 years20
45 – 49 years10
50 – 55 years5

 What if you scored over 100 points?

Unfortunately, that is a minimum requirement. While you can, in theory, submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) and apply; a score of at least 160 gives you a realistic chance for your EOI to be selected.

Additionally, the categories for qualifications, work experience, and job offers are more complex than they seem at face value and often don’t add up to the necessary points.

It is better to get a professional assessment and guidance on the process.  

The Tri-Nations Migration team are the best emigration advisers to provide you with assistance when emigrating to New Zealand or Australia. Contact us to find out more about the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.

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