What is Skilled Migrant?

Skilled Migrant Category: The number of applications and approvals is relatively higher than other categories. Immigration New Zealand will grade applicants based on education level, work experience, age, and English level to measure whether the applicant meet the requirements under Skilled Migrant Category.

Eligibility for bonus points may influence the Residence Visa application. Applicants, who can claim 100 points or more, can still submit the Expression of Interest (EOI) into the pool. However only applications with more than 160 points will be selected. Every fortnight, EOIs over 160 points will be selected and the validity of the information is assessed.

There is a new definition for Skilled Employment. If your occupation is in ANZSCO skill level 1, 2 or 3 your annual salary/wage must be equal to or more than $24.29 per hour or $50.523.2 based on 40 hours. Jobs that are not in ANZSCO skill levels 1, 2 or 3 must be paid at least $36.44 per hour which equates to a salary of $75,795.2 per annum based on 40 hours per week.

Point Scale

SM1.10 Points for employability and capacity building factors

Factors Points Criteria
Age (20 to 55 years) 20-39 30 SM5
40-44 20
45-49 10
50-55 5
Skilled employment Current skilled employment in New Zealand or an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand 50 SM6
Bonus points for skilled employment Current skilled employment in New Zealand or an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand in an area of absolute skills shortage 10 SM6.40
Current skilled employment or an offer of skilled employment outside the Auckland region 30 SM6.50
Current skilled employment or an offer of skilled employment with remuneration of least $46.98 per hour, or the equivalent annual salary 20 SM6.60
Skilled work experience 2 years 10 SM7
4 years 20
6 years 30
8 years 40
10 years 50
Additional bonus points if skilled work experience is in New Zealand 1 year or more 10 SM7.25
Additional bonus points for skilled work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage 2 to 5 years 10 SM7.30
6 years or more 15
Qualifications Recognised level 3 qualification if included on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA) 40 SM8
Recognised level 4-6 qualification (e.g. trade qualification, diploma) 40
Recognised level 7 or 8 qualification (e.g. bachelor’s degree, bachelor’s degree with Honours) 50
Recognised level 9 or 10 post-graduate qualification (Master’s degree, Doctorate) 70
Bonus points for qualifications gained in New Zealand 2 years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised bachelor degree (level 7) New Zealand qualification; or 10 SM8.25
1 year of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification; or 10
2 years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification 15
Bonus points for partner’s skilled employment Partner’s current skilled employment in New Zealand or offer of skilled employment in New Zealand. 20 SM9.5
Bonus points for partner’s qualification (either) Recognised qualification at level 7 or 8; or 10 SM9.10
Recognised qualification at level 9 or above 20

Skilled migrant flowchart:

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