The New Zealand Skilled Migrant Visa grants residence to migrants with skills needed in New Zealand.



Skilled Migrants Visa holders can:

  • Live in New Zealand indefinitely
  • Work and study in New Zealand


To apply for the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Visa, candidates must:

  • Be 55 years old or under 
  • Score 6 points, and migrants can claim 3 to 6 points from:
    • New Zealand occupational registration, or
    • Qualification (Bachelor’s degree or higher), or
    • Income from a job or job offer (earning at least 1.5 times the median wage in New Zealand).
  • Have a skilled job or job offer with an accredited employer in New Zealand, which means a job or job offer that is:
    • At least 30 hours a week
    • Either in an ANZSCO Level 1 to 3 occupation and paid at or above the median wage, or in an ANZSCO Level 4 to 5 occupation and paid at or above 1.5 times the median wage
    • On a permanent contract or fixed-term contract for at least 12 months
  • Have an acceptable standard of English
  • Meet New Zealand’s health and character requirements


Migrants need 6 points to apply for a Skilled Migrants Visa. Migrants can claim points from their:

  • New Zealand occupational registration,
  • Qualification (Bachelor’s degree or higher), or
  • Income from a job or job offer (earning at least 1.5 times the median wage in New Zealand)

Migrants can only claim points from one of the above categories and cannot combine points from multiple categories.

However, migrants can also claim 1 point for each year of skilled work in New Zealand, up to a maximum of 3 points, and combine these points with points from the New Zealand occupational registration, qualification or income.


The Skilled Migrant Visa application process has six steps:

Any immigration should always start with an eligibility assessment to determine if the prospective migrant meets New Zealand’s work visa requirements.

The next step in the process, if the migrant is eligible to live and work in New Zealand, is completing an English test, if applicable.

English tests are a way to prove your English language skills. Most English tests have four parts that test your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Migrants most often use the IELTS, but other tests are also available.

Migrants with 6 points in their Expression of Interest (EOI) can submit an EOI. The EOI is how a migrant shows their interest in applying for a skilled migrant visa.

EOIs include the following details:

  • Personal information, for example given names and surname, date of birth, countries of citizenship and/or residence
  • The nominated occupation
  • Work experience and employment history
  • English language proficiency

INZ automatically selects EOI with 6 points for verification and qualifying candidates may get an invitation to apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa.

Migrants whose EOIs are selected will get an Invitation to Apply. Invitations to Apply include the following information:

  • The visa subclass under which the migrant is getting an invitation to apply
  • The time frame within which the migrant must submit their visa application
  • Any additional information Immigration New Zealand wants, if applicable

The migrant prepares and completes their visa application with all necessary paperwork and submits their application. The migrant can apply from overseas or while in New Zealand.

The migrant gets the outcome of their visa. They can be in or outside New Zealand while Immigration New Zealand decides on their application.


To apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa, candidates must be under the age of 55, have an offer of skilled employment or have skilled employment from an accredited employer, and score 6 points. 

To be eligible to apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa, migrants must have an offer of skilled employment from a New Zealand employer or already have skilled employment in New Zealand. The job or job offer must be from an accredited New Zealand employer.

The Skilled Migrant Visa grants resident status to successful applicants, meaning visa holders can live and work in New Zealand indefinitely. Residents can apply for permanent residence after two years. 

New Zealand Skilled Migrant Visa applicants can include their partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in their visa application.

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