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Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Reopening for New Zealand

In a big announcement by the Immigration Minister, the Skilled Migrant residence category is now opening again for applicants seeking residence visa for New Zealand.

The skilled migrant category intends to retain the majority of the required skills in New Zealand permanently. This will help in strengthening the country’s resilience to global shocks and securing economic stability for the future

The Skilled Migrant Category is a points-based system for assessing potential new migrants to New Zealand. Applicants gain points for factors such as age, having employment lined up in New Zealand, qualifications and experience.

The first selection in the 160-point category will be followed by subsequent selections in the 180-point category.

Important dates

  • Selections of expressions of interest (EOIs) for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa will resume on 9 November 2022.
  • The first selection will be on 9 November 2022 for all EOIs with minimum 160 points.
  • The second selection will be on 18 January 2023. The minimum points threshold for selection will increase to minimum of 180 points from this date.
  • From next year, a monthly selection of EOIs will occur on the third Wednesday of each month.

What is SMC visa?

The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) is based on a points system that takes into account several elements as employability and settlement indicators. A person is awarded points on basis of his/her qualifications, work experience, age, partner, qualifications, etc.

If you no longer wish to proceed, you can withdraw your EOI at any time before the 9 November selection. A refund can be requested if the EOI is withdrawn before the selections begin on 9 November 2022.

I have an EOI in the existing pool, Do I need to reapply?

If you want to continue, you should check your details are correct and add any new information in your EOI before 9 November 2022. You can also claim any additional points.

If you no longer wish to proceed, you can withdraw your EOI at any time before the 9 November selection. A refund can be requested if the EOI is withdrawn before the selections begin on 9 November 2022.

I meet 160 points for SMC, Can I submit my EOI now?

Yes, if you meet the points for your age, experience, employment, and qualifications then you can submit your EOI now.

For any assistance with your EOI submission, please contact us to confirm your eligibility.

How long is skilled migrant visa for New Zealand valid?

The Skilled Migrant Category Visa allows candidates to live, work and study in New Zealand indefinitely. They can bring their partner and dependent children aged 24 and under with them under the same visa. With this visa, candidates can enjoy all the benefits of living in New Zealand, including access to free healthcare and education.

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