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New Zealand Skilled Migrant Visa

A preferred pathway to residence through work

This highly popular visa under the 'Skilled Migrant Category' leads to the grant of a New Zealand resident visa to candidates who have skills that are needed in New Zealand, that are able to make use or transfer these skills, and that will successfully settle and contribute to the country. It is the main step towards getting permanent residency in New Zealand.

See below how we can assist with the whole process

Sourcing global talents to work in New Zealand

Through this category, Immigration New Zealand is looking to give ‘global talents’ local opportunities.

This two-step process starts with the submission of an Expression Of Interest, in the form of a very long questionnaire aimed at assessing your suitability to meet the requirements. Your personal Adviser will guide you through each step in the process and ensure you not only meet the requirements but can also prove your claims with acceptable supporting information.

How do I get a Skilled Migrant Visa?

It's a points-based systems whereby points are claimed under various criteria such as age, qualifications, work experience, or a job offer in New Zealand. A candidate will see their Expression Of Interest accepted and be Invited To Apply (ITA) for residence if they meet at least 180 points and if they satisfy mandatory health and character requirements. The number of points does not matter as long as you can secure 180.

How long does it take to get a Skilled Migrant visa for New Zealand?

Processing times vary over time, but on average prioritised applications take 4-7 weeks, while non-prioritised applications take 10-18 months. Prioritisation criteria include occupational registration and high salary (twice the NZ Median wage).

Do I need a Licensed Immigration Adviser to help?

Because attaining the set level of points is dependent on so many factors, it is essential to have your eligibility assessed by a licensed immigration advisor to ensure you will meet New Zealand immigration requirements and avoid costly disappointment. Once you know that you are eligible the application is a two part process with the initial step being an online Expression of Interest (EOI) submitted to immigration. If your EOI is selected by immigration then you will be invited to apply for residence in New Zealand.

Our Skilled Migrant Service includes

  • Your personal adviser will manage everything required for the entire process, taking all the stress off your shoulders.
  • We will help you find a job in New Zealand
  • We will apply for a visa on your behalf. Any temporary visa applications that may be required (such as work visas to allow you to start work while your Skilled Migrant application is being processed) are included in our price!
  • Job search support.
  • Advice on CV writing/modifying for the unique New Zealand market.
  • Settlement advice and support – we know what life is like in NZ.
  • Invaluable ‘insiders’ knowledge – Our principal adviser was previously a Case Officer for Immigration New Zealand!
  • We are based in New Zealand, so can deal with local employers on your behalf – a huge advantage over off-shore immigration consultants.

Take our eligibility assessment

Typical process timeline

This is the process we follow for most of our offshore clients.

  • Mar 30, 2020

    Documentation stage

    Based on our instructions, you collect & send the documents required. We check your documents and provide feedback until you become ‘document-ready’.

  • Mar 30, 2020

    Job search stage

    We provide assistance with your job search and can liaise with potential employers interested in your application. We also advise on the suitability of jobs applied for.

  • Mar 30, 2020

    Temporary visas application

    Congratulations! You have been offered a job! We send you final instructions, liaise with your NZ employer, prepare & lodge your work (and family) visa application(s).

  • Mar 30, 2020


    We prepare and submit your expression of interest (EOI) for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category or the Green List.

  • Mar 30, 2020

    Residence application

    We finalise your documentation, prepare and lodge your residence application. We liaise with Immigration New Zealand until a decision is made.