How to Move to New Zealand with a Skilled Migrant Visa


How to Move to New Zealand with a Skilled Migrant Visa

The Skilled Migrant Category is for you if you are looking to move permanently to New Zealand. This category is used by the New Zealand Government to fill skill shortages throughout the country.

To be eligible to apply for residence under SMC you need to be 55 years of age or under at the time you apply, be healthy, of good character and speak English.

The SMC is a points based system. The first step towards making an application, if you qualify, is to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI), in which you claim points for your skills and experience. New Zealand Immigration will examine your application and invite you to apply (ITA) if you meet the necessary criteria. You make the application using information you provided in your EOI with additional evidence, such as police certificates, proof of English language ability and documents that validate your skills.

New Zealand Immigration will use this information to assess the relevance of your skills and experience and your ability to settle in New Zealand.

It’s important to note that in some instances, New Zealand Immigration will want to see how you settle before granting a permanent visa. In these instances, they will give you a job search visa, which you can use to help obtain an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand for up to nine months. If you obtain skilled employment in this time you will have shown your ability to settle and contribute, and your residence application will be approved.


With Visas and Work Permits experienced and professional Immigration Consultants, migrating to New Zealand is now hassle-free. We will guide you in your migration to New Zealand from assessment of your qualification, to choosing the right visa for you to application and getting approved. To know more about the New Zealand Skilled Visa, fill out the Free Assessment Form on this page and one of our staff will contact you for an assessment.

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