The Kiwi government has its unique way to qualify highly skilled Immigrants and Identify them via a pointing-based system to attain PR under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Visa. SMC is the path that skilled people qualify to gain a Permanent Residence Visa. This is managed and pivoted by Immigration New Zealand under the immigration act . Currently, New Zealand has a target of inviting 26000 immigrants under this SMC system.
The SMC Visa is a points-based system that requires a minimum of 100 points to qualify. The 100 points comprise Age, Education, Experience, Spouse factor, and Additional factors. Curious to check your NZ immigration eligibility? use our free Skilled Migrant Category Points Calculator.
Under SMC stream points are disbursed for
|Age (Maximum 30 points)||Points|
|20 - 39||30|
|40 - 44||20|
|45 - 49||10|
|50 - 55||5|
|Level of Education||Points (20 max)|
|Level 3 to 6||40|
|Level 7 or 8||50|
|Level 9 or 10||70|
|Work Experience||Points (15 max)|
|10 years or more||50|
|Partner Education level||Points (20 max)|
|Partner has recognized level 7 to 8 Qualification||10|
|Partner has recognized level 9 to 10 Qualification||20|
Points for spouse education can be claimed only if the Spouse attains Overall 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent score in PTE ,OET, TOEFL. Failing to achieve 6.5 may result in 0 points in spouse section
|Attributes||Points (140 max)|
|International Experience in area of absolute skills shortage list||15|
|1-year Experience in New Zealand||10|
|Already working under skilled employment in New Zealand||50|
|New Zealand current experience in absolute skill shortage||10|
|Experience outside Auckland||30|
|High Remuneration Threshold||20|
|Full Time Education in New Zealand||15|
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160 points or above can surely secure invite from NZ government without any doubt.
New-Zealand qualification Authority is a Skills assessing body which assess your education credential.
Any score above 130 is definitely a good score but the points is we must wait longer than the normal processing time.
Yes IETLS/PTE or any accepted English language test score is mandatory for NZ PR process.
One must attain 100 points in the Points Grid to qualify for NZ Immigration.