Skilled Migrant – changes effective 27/07/2020


The government added four new occupations that are now regarded as skilled employment and may qualify for job offer points under the Skilled Migrant Category. These are:

Aged or disabled carer

Bicycle mechanic


Nursing Support worker

Take advice before proceeding with an Expression of Interest or residence application based on one of these job offers. Special rules apply.


Skilled Migrant – changes effective 18/05/2020


Anyone invited by Immigration NZ to apply for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category where their invitation is dated between 1 November 2019 and 15 April 2020 (inclusive) has now been granted an additional six months to lodge their residence application. Normally invitations are only valid for four months but due to the difficulty to secure certain documents (e.g. medicals, police certificates etc)
from disruption by COVID -19 the government has extended the invitation deadlines for this group to a maximum of 10 months.



Skilled Migrant – changes effective 31/03/2020

The government has deferred the fortnightly selection of Expressions of Interest from the Skilled Migrant pool. This means Invitations to Apply for Residence are also suspended. At this stage, Malcolm Pacific Immigration does not anticipate selections to resume until sometime after the general election held on 17 October 2020. The last selection from the Skilled Migrant pool took place on 12/03/2020.



Skilled Migrant – changes effective 24/02/2020

Immigration NZ is now prioritising Skilled Migrant Residence applications where the main (principal) applicant meets one of two criteria:

  1. Has employment paying double the median wage which is currently NZD $51 per hour OR NZD $106,800 per annum; OR

  2. Has New Zealand occupational registration and is required to hold valid registration to lawfully carry out their job (e.g. nurses, electricians, teachers etc).

a) The median wage changes from time to time (usually November each year). 

b) All other Skilled Migrant residence applications are processed in date order received by Immigration NZ (oldest applications processed first).

Skilled Migrant – changes effective 30/10/2019


The government recently added more occupations that are now to be regarded as skilled employment and may qualify for job offer points under the Skilled Migrant Category.


In order to qualify for points, the job must be paying at least the current median wage (or higher for certain occupations) at the time the residence application is lodged (median wage is currently NZD $25.50 per hour or $53,040 annually based on a 40 hour week).




  1. The median wage changes from time to time. (usually November each year).

  2. Other requirements must be met for a job offer to qualify for points including an employer’s compliance with employment and immigration laws, genuine and full-time employment, English language and so on. 

  3. Take advice to establish eligibility to apply for residence under Skilled Migrant before proceeding with an Expression of Interest.

Latest occupations now regarded as skilled employment grouped by sector

Community Workers

Child Care Worker

Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant

Family Day Care Worker

Out of School Hours Care Worker

Personal Care Assistant

Teachers' Aide

Refuge Worker

Personal Service Workers

Beauty Therapist

Bungy Jump Master

Civil Celebrant

Diving Instructor (Open Water)

Fishing Guide

Hunting Guide

Mountain or Glacier Guide

Outdoor Adventure Guides 

Outdoor Adventure Instructor

Tour Guide

Travel Consultant

Trekking Guide

Whitewater Rafting Guide

Clerical Workers

Bank Worker


Credit or Loans Officer

Import-Export Clerk

Insurance Investigator

Insurance Loss Adjuster

Machinery Operators

Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator

Footwear Production Machine Operator

Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator

Knitting Machine Operator

Logging Plant Operator

Industrial Spraypainter

Paper and Pulp Mill Operator

Paper Products Machine Operator

Paving Plant Operator

Sawmilling Operator

Sewing Machinist

Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator

Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators 

Train Driver

Weaving Machine Operator

Waste Water or Water Plant Operator

Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator

Construction Workers

Construction Rigger


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