The Kiwi government has its unique way of qualifying highly skilled immigrants and identifying them via a pointing-based system to attain PR under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Visa.
SMC is the path that skilled people qualify for 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 26,000 immigrants under this SMC system.
The New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category Visa is a highly sought-after visa program for skilled workers looking to move to New Zealand for work and residency. It is designed to attract talented and experienced workers to fill in-demand roles and contribute to the country's economy.
The SMC Visa is a points-based system that requires six points to qualify. The six points can be obtained from either qualification, NZ income, or NZ occupational registration.
The New Zealand SMC/Residence points are allocated as follows:
New Zealand Income
New Zealand Occupational Registration
You are allowed to claim three to six points based on criteria including your qualification, New Zealand occupational registration, and income.
You can earn up to 3 points for skilled work experience in New Zealand. Each year of experience is worth 1 point, which can be added to the points gained from your qualification, occupational registration, or income in New Zealand.
However, please note that the points cannot be combined between different skill categories. This means that points from your qualification cannot be combined with points from your income and vice versa.
Your eligibility for claiming points is determined by the level and qualification you hold on the NZQA, allowing you to claim a minimum of 3 to 6 points.
|Qualifications (Equivalent under NZQA)
|Level 7 - Bachelor’s Degree
|Level 8 - Postgraduate Certificate
|Level 8 - Bachelor’s Honors Degree
|Level 8 - Postgraduate Diploma
|Level 9 - Master’s Degree
|Level 10 - Doctoral Degree
It is necessary to hold a job or a job offer with the below-mentioned criteria.
|Job or job offer in New Zealand - 1.5 times the median wage (currently NZD $44.49 an hour) or more.
|Job or job offer in New Zealand - 2 times the median wage (currently NZD $59.32 an hour) or more.
|Job or job offer in New Zealand - 3 times the median wage (currently NZD $88.98 an hour) or more.
To be able to score points, your occupation registration in New Zealand must be eligible.
If your occupation is listed as eligible for registration in New Zealand, you can accumulate points by utilizing your registration, with higher-value points rewarded for registrations requiring additional training.
|Registration requires at least 2 years of experience and/or training.
|Registration requires at least 4 years of experience and/or training.
|Registration requires at least 5 years of experience and/or training.
|Registration requires at least 6 years of experience and/or training.
To qualify, one must hold a skilled job offer or be presently working in New Zealand from a recognized employer.
The following criteria must be met to be considered for points from the job offer or skilled job in New Zealand:
Should have a permanent job or a fixed-term contract with a minimum of 6 to 12 months of service.
Must work at least 30 hours a week.
Must either have a job or job offer in ANZSCO 4–5 with a median wage paid above 1.5 times, or in ANZSCO 1–3 paid above the median wage (Median Wage - $29.66 NZD).
The skilled work experience in New Zealand can be combined either with educational qualifications, NZ income, or NZ registration to obtain a total of 6 points. 1 to 3 points can be obtained
|Number of skilled work experience
|Have 1 year of work experience in NZ in the last 2 years
|Have 2 years of work experience in NZ in the last 4 years
|Have 3 years of work experience in NZ in the last 5 years
|Competent English Level
|A minimum score of 6 for each component
|A minimum score of 50 for each component
|Proficient English Level
|A minimum score of 7 for each component
|A minimum score of 65 for each component
|Superior English Level
|A minimum score of 8 for each component
|A minimum score of 79 for each component
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It is mandatory to obtain six points to be eligible to apply for an NZ SMC visa.
Yes, to apply for a NZ resident visa, it is mandatory to have a job offer from an accredited employer in NZ.
The New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) is a skill-assessing body that assesses your educational qualifications to check if they are equivalent to NZ standards.
Yes, IELTS, PTE, or any accepted English language test score is mandatory for the NZ Residence visa process. process.
6 points are the minimum points required for New Zealand immigration, along with a job offer in NZ.