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The New Zealand Skilled Migrant Visa grants permanent residence to migrants with skills needed in New Zealand.
Skilled Migrants Visa holders can:
To apply for the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Visa, candidates must:
Migrants need 6 points to apply for a Skilled Migrants Visa. Migrants can claim points from their:
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:
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:
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 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 successful applicants permanent residence, meaning visa holders can live and work in New Zealand indefinitely.
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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