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How to apply for immigration in New Zealand

MysticRiver

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There are two steps to applying for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category:
  1. You complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) form, online or on paper where you tell about yourself, your family, your skills, and your experience. You do not provide evidence at this point.
  2. When your EOI will be accepted and the authority will send you an invitation to apply. You will have to send documents to prove you meet the requirements at this stage.
The fee is NZ$510 for online EOIs, or NZ$650 for paper EOIs.

EOI Selection Process
As you complete your EOI you will claim points. If your EOI has a score of 100 points or more, it goes into the pool of EOIs.

Every two weeks EOIs are selected automatically with a points score of 140 or over from the pool. Then EOIs with a points score of between 100 and 139 are selected which include points for a skilled job or job offer. If there are still spaces available, additional criteria are used to select lower-scoring EOIs.

EOIs are only valid for six months. If your EOI is not selected within six months, it will lapse and be withdrawn from the pool. Your EOI fee will not be refunded.

What happens after your EOI is selected

A form will be sent to you that includes all of the information you told about yourself (in EOI). You will need to give evidence for all the points you have claimed, and proof that you and everyone else on your application meet all of health, character, and English language requirements.

You will have to pay a fee with your application. How much depends on the currency accepted in the office where the application is processed.

Decision on your application

There are three possible outcomes:
  • Your residence is granted
  • Your application is deferred and you are offered a temporary work visa so you can work while you get a skilled job offer. If you get skilled work, your residence application will be approved
  • Your application is denied
Start your EOI

You can start here. You do not have to complete it all at once, you can save it and come back to it. It will take about two hours to complete altogether.

You can also apply using the paper Expression of Interest form. You can find that in Forms and Materials section.
 

Fida

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Hi Mystic...ihv read your above post, but how to find if my occupation is in their skill list? NZ website is too complicated to understand for me
 

MysticRiver

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MysticRiver

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Sajid Ali

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2017-12-21
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2018-10-16
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2018-11-10
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2018-11-10
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2019-01-05
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2019-02-25
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@MysticRiver what is the minimum cutoff points to get NZ invitation? these days

I am having 145points
 
MSA
2017-12-21
Skill
233311
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190 (QLD)
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70
EOI
2018-08-27
Nom.
2018-10-16
Inv.
2018-10-25
App.
2018-11-10
PCC
2018-11-10
HC
2019-01-05
Grant
2019-02-25
IED
2019-10-30

MysticRiver

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If I remember it correctly, in the new rule NZ only considers applications with a job offer.
 

Anazy

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@MysticRiver what is the minimum cutoff points to get NZ invitation? these days

I am having 145points
Apparently, you need to have 160 points. And I've heard that without a job offer even with 160 you don't get the invite. It's a catch because It's really hard to collect 160 points without a job offer anyways. :/
 
Hi Mystic,
I am currently in Auckland on a Work Visa and I am planning to apply for Skill Migrant Visa. I had a quick question on the Job Offer. Can i use the same offer letter which was provided for my Work Visa with relevant supplementary form from my employer?
Below are my points break up
Age: 30 Points (35 Years)
Qualification: 50 Points
Skilled Employment: 60 Points (If used the same Job Offer from Work Visa)
Skilled Work Experience: 65 Points (10 Years or more)
 

MysticRiver

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I don't have a very good knowledge of NZ immigration, but logically thinking, that should work.
 
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Hi Mystic,
I am currently in Auckland on a Work Visa and I am planning to apply for Skill Migrant Visa. I had a quick question on the Job Offer. Can i use the same offer letter which was provided for my Work Visa with relevant supplementary form from my employer?
Below are my points break up
Age: 30 Points (35 Years)
Qualification: 50 Points
Skilled Employment: 60 Points (If used the same Job Offer from Work Visa)
Skilled Work Experience: 65 Points (10 Years or more)

Does NZ have Work Permit Visa? Like Australia's 457 or TSS?

As AUZ PR is taking time, can i plan to get Work Permit for NZ?
 

julianatto

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Currently threshold points are 160 for the canidate to be invited for ITA.. 160 is achieveable with masters degree

Points Simulation without job offer neither work experience in New Zealand

Age: 20 - 39 years= 30
Qualifications: level 9 or 10 postgrad (Master or Doctor Degree)= 70
Work experience outside New Zealand (note: not an area of absolute skills shortage) 10 years or more = 50
Partner: has recognised qualification and English level required- level 7-8 = 10
Total = 160 points

I think this one option to get 160 points.
 
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Points Simulation without job offer neither work experience in New Zealand

Age: 20 - 39 years= 30
Qualifications: level 9 or 10 postgrad (Master or Doctor Degree)= 70
Work experience outside New Zealand (note: not an area of absolute skills shortage) 10 years or more = 50
Partner: has recognised qualification and English level required- level 7-8 = 10
Total = 160 points

I think this one option to get 160 points.
This is the exact case for me...i have the same points for each area and it totals 160.
If anyone can help me for one quostion. Being engineer my profession lies in skills shortage list and i can claim a max of 15 points against skill shortage...but to claim these points i have to apply for recognition and registration for newzealand engineering body...which consume both time and money.. should i proceed to eoi without the skill shortage points ? please guide
 

Dehwarz

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Hi Guys,

sorry if this question is a repeat as i couldn't seem to find it on the thread.

So i was applying for Australia but my application was rejected on the basis that my CDRs were not clear enough.

Though, now i thought ill start the process for New Zealand and apparently i am having difficulties in finding any Agency who can help and guide me for New Zealand so i thought ill ask my queries here.

i have overall 120 points and i was planning to apply and submit my EOI for new zealand. Can any one please tell me is it necessary to get my degree evaluated from The Qualifications Recognition Services (QRS) online applications, Or i should submit my EOI and wait for my invite and than get my degree evaluated by QRS and how should i go about for my application.

thanks
 

Sajid Ali

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301
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EOI
2018-08-27
Nom.
2018-10-16
Inv.
2018-10-25
App.
2018-11-10
PCC
2018-11-10
HC
2019-01-05
Grant
2019-02-25
IED
2019-10-30
This is the exact case for me...i have the same points for each area and it totals 160.
If anyone can help me for one quostion. Being engineer my profession lies in skills shortage list and i can claim a max of 15 points against skill shortage...but to claim these points i have to apply for recognition and registration for newzealand engineering body...which consume both time and money.. should i proceed to eoi without the skill shortage points ? please guide
Without assessment, you cannot claim any points, so better to get accessed and then submit EOI, normally people get invited quickly if qualify.
 
MSA
2017-12-21
Skill
233311
SC
190 (QLD)
Point
70
EOI
2018-08-27
Nom.
2018-10-16
Inv.
2018-10-25
App.
2018-11-10
PCC
2018-11-10
HC
2019-01-05
Grant
2019-02-25
IED
2019-10-30

Sajid Ali

Regular
Messages
301
Points
28
MSA
2017-12-21
Skill
233311
SC
190 (QLD)
Point
70
EOI
2018-08-27
Nom.
2018-10-16
Inv.
2018-10-25
App.
2018-11-10
PCC
2018-11-10
HC
2019-01-05
Grant
2019-02-25
IED
2019-10-30
Hi Guys,

sorry if this question is a repeat as i couldn't seem to find it on the thread.

So i was applying for Australia but my application was rejected on the basis that my CDRs were not clear enough.

Though, now i thought ill start the process for New Zealand and apparently i am having difficulties in finding any Agency who can help and guide me for New Zealand so i thought ill ask my queries here.

i have overall 120 points and i was planning to apply and submit my EOI for new zealand. Can any one please tell me is it necessary to get my degree evaluated from The Qualifications Recognition Services (QRS) online applications, Or i should submit my EOI and wait for my invite and than get my degree evaluated by QRS and how should i go about for my application.

thanks
NZ is inviting only candidates with 160points
 
MSA
2017-12-21
Skill
233311
SC
190 (QLD)
Point
70
EOI
2018-08-27
Nom.
2018-10-16
Inv.
2018-10-25
App.
2018-11-10
PCC
2018-11-10
HC
2019-01-05
Grant
2019-02-25
IED
2019-10-30

mohsinciddiki

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2018-11-11
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2018-11-11
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2018-12-22
CO
2019-03-27
PCC
2019-02-23
HC
2019-02-18
Grant
2019-06-03
IED
2020-02-20
Hi Guys,

sorry if this question is a repeat as i couldn't seem to find it on the thread.

So i was applying for Australia but my application was rejected on the basis that my CDRs were not clear enough.

Though, now i thought ill start the process for New Zealand and apparently i am having difficulties in finding any Agency who can help and guide me for New Zealand so i thought ill ask my queries here.

i have overall 120 points and i was planning to apply and submit my EOI for new zealand. Can any one please tell me is it necessary to get my degree evaluated from The Qualifications Recognition Services (QRS) online applications, Or i should submit my EOI and wait for my invite and than get my degree evaluated by QRS and how should i go about for my application.

thanks
I believe for NZ you are required to have 160pts to get an invite. Although its written as minimum 120 pts but once you start your application, it will clearly tell you that they will invite only at 160+ pts
 
MSA
2018-08-02
Skill
261111
SC
189/190
Point
75/80
EOI
2018-08-17
Nom.
2018-11-11
Inv.
2018-11-11
App.
2018-12-22
CO
2019-03-27
PCC
2019-02-23
HC
2019-02-18
Grant
2019-06-03
IED
2020-02-20
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