To qualify under the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category a minimum of 100 points needs to be scored in points based assessment. You score points for age, experience, employability and qualifications. Candidates for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category, who have an offer of employment, work experience or qualifications in an area of absolute skill shortage identified on the LTSSL (Long Term Skill Shortage List), may gain bonus points towards their application for residence, which may also help them to qualify for Skilled Migrant Category. Once you qualify, the first step towards skilled migration can be made by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) for skilled migration to immigration New Zealand. If you have claimed 100 points or more on your EOI, you can submit it into the Pool. 100 points will get your EOI into the ‘Pool’, but the more points you have, the more likely you are to be selected.
Once your EOI is drawn from the pool, after assessment the department sends an Invitation To Apply (ITA) and now you will have to show proof of the claims made on your EOI. This means medical and police certificates, proof of English language ability, and documentation regarding your skills, experience, and other factors. After you submit application and the documents asked, department starts assessing you for residence. They will once again make sure that you meet all requirements, and that your points claimed are valid. The department will also assess you on your ability to settle in New Zealand successfully. They may consider you able based on your application, or may wish to interview you.
Important Note on Occupational registration:
If your occupation needs occupational registration in New Zealand and you do not have it, you will not be able to work in your chosen occupation under the Skilled Migrant Category.
What Can I Do With This Visa?
The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to work and live permanently. Permanent residents can apply for citizenship once they live in New Zealand for a certain period of time.
Partner and dependent children are allowed to accompany the principal applicant under SMC and can study, work and live permanently in New Zealand.