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160 points impossible?

Applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category seems impossible with the pass mark sitting at 160 points. There are no signs the number of points required is about to come down any time soon. Anyone already working in NZ in skilled employment may have other ways to achieve residence.

09/07/20181 min read
160 points impossible?


Applying for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) seems almost impossible with the pass mark sitting at 160 points.

There are no signs the number of points required is about to come down any time soon. However, anyone already working in New Zealand in skilled employment may have other ways to achieve residence.

Last year more than 33% of residence applications that were declined were later approved on appeal by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal. That was either because Immigration NZ got it wrong, or there were special circumstances.

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Update

The Green List

From September 2022 people holding job offers in a small number of occupations may apply for residence. Some occupations are a direct pathway to residence and others require a period of two years or longer before applying.

There are qualification and/or occupational registration requirements to meet. Establishing if an overseas qualification matches the NZ equivalent qualification before applying is paramount for success.

Read more here.

16 May 22
Update

Work Visa Categories Closing

The work visa categories set to close are:

  • Essential Skills Work Visa
  • Essential Skills Work Visa – approval in principle
  • Work to Residence (Talent – Accredited Employer)
  • Work to Residence (Long Term Skills Shortage)
  • Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa (closed October 2019)
  • Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa.
10 Feb 22
Update

Policy Decision Key Dates in 2022

  • February 13. Fully vaccinated Kiwis plus certain other travellers entering NZ from the rest of the world* can skip MIQ.
  • April 30. The border starts a phased reopen to fully vaccinated foreign nationals.
  • April 30. The Productivity Commission reports back to the government on immigration settings.
  • May 9. Applications open for mandatory Employer Accreditation.

*Excludes high-risk countries.

16 Dec 21