SKILLED MIGRANT VISA

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

MORE ABOUT THE NEW ZEALAND SKILLED MIGRANT VISA

WHAT THIS VISA ALLOWS:

Skilled Migrants Visa holders can:

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

THE REQUIREMENTS:

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

  • Be under the age of 55
  • Have skilled employment in New Zealand or have an offer of skilled employment
  • Have their occupation, skills, experience and qualifications assessed as skilled
  • Have the necessary occupational registration
  • Have an acceptable standard of English
  • Meet New Zealand’s health and character requirements

THE APPLICATION PROCESS:

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 a skills assessment and English test.

The skills assessment is a process to test your qualifications and work experience, and it’s done by the relevant skills assessing authorities.

Many skills assessments only require paper-based evidence, for example, evidence of previous work experience and education. However, some may also entail a practical or technical interview, where you’ll have to show your skills.

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 at least 100 points in their skills assessment can submit an Expression of Interest (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

EIOs are ranked against each other and the highest ranking EOIs automatically gets an Invitations to Apply. Invitations are issued regularly through SkillSelect.

STEP 4: Get an Invitation to Apply

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

  • The subclass under which the migrant is being invited to apply
  • The time frame within which the migrant must submit their visa application
  • Additional information that is required for the visa application, where applicable

STEP 5: Submit the visa application

The migrant prepares and complete their visa application, with all necessary paperwork included, and submit their application. The migrant can apply from overseas or while in Australia.

STEP 6: Visa outcome

The migrant gets the outcome of their visa. They can be in or outside of Australia while Home Affairs decide on their application.

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.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To apply for a Skilled Migrant Visa, candidates must be under the age of 45, have an offer of skilled employment or have skilled employment in New Zealand, and have their occupation, skills, qualifications and experience assessed as skilled. Candidates must also score at least 100 points to submit an Expression of Interest.

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 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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