Who is New Zealand Skilled Migrant Resident Visa suitable for?

The New Zealand Skilled Migrant Resident Visa is suitable for applicants who are professionals with good qualifications and work experience. To be suitable for a skill visa, the applicant must be 55 years old or below and has good English proficiency skills.

Basic Criteria

Basic CriteriaMinimum Requirements
HealthHave an acceptable standard of health
CharacterBe of good character
EnglishIELTS Academic or General overall score of 6.5 or more, or equivalent scores from other approved tests (please see below)
Age55 years old or under
PointsHave a minimum points score of 160 (check your points score with the points table below)
EOIHave successfully submitted your EOI and be selected to apply for the visa
English TestsMinimum Requirements
IELTS Academic or Generaloverall score of 6.5 or more
TOEFL iBToverall score of 79 or more
PTE Academicoverall score of 58 or more
B2 First or B2 First for Schoolsoverall score of 176 or more
OETGrade B or higher in all four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

English proficiency can also be demonstrated by meeting the following standards:

  • citizenship of Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America, provided the applicant has spent at least five years in work or education in one or more of those countries or Australia or New Zealand; or
  • a recognised qualification comparable to a New Zealand level 7 bachelor’s degree and gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America as a result of study undertaken for at least two academic years in one or more of those countries; or
  • a recognised qualification comparable to a New Zealand qualification at level 8 or above and gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom or the United States of America as a result of study undertaken for at least one academic year in one or more of those countries.

Please note that non-principal applicants who do not meet the English requirements above can choose to pre-purchase ESOL tuition by paying the required charges of between NZ$1,735 and NZ$6,795 depending on the level of English. Please contact Tanson Migration for further details.

Our New Zealand migration team has five licensed immigration advisers (IAA license numbers: 200901766, 201600570, 201800837, 202000609, 202000561) and can help you with your New Zealand Investor 1 or 2 Resident Visas Visas, Student Visas, or any other New Zealand visas. Please contact us at Tanson Migration to learn more.

Points Table for New Zealand Skilled Migrant Resident Visas

CATEGORYREQUIREMENTSPOINTS
Age (20 to 55 years)20-3930
40-4420
45-4910
50-555
Skilled employmentCurrent skilled employment in New Zealand or an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand50
Bonus points for skilled employmentCurrent skilled employment in New Zealand or an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand in an area of absolute skills shortage10
Current skilled employment or an offer of skilled employment outside the Auckland region30
Current skilled employment or an offer of skilled employment with remuneration of least $51.00 per hour, or the equivalent annual salary20
Skilled work experience2 years10
4 years20
6 years30
8 years40
10 years50
Additional bonus points if skilled work experience is in New Zealand1 year or more10
Additional bonus points for skilled work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage2 to 5 years10
6 years or more15
QualificationsRecognised level 3 qualification if included on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA)40
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 Zealand2 years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised bachelor degree (level 7) New Zealand qualification; or10
1 year of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification; or10
2 years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification15
Bonus points for partner’s skilled employmentPartner’s current skilled employment in New Zealand or offer of skilled employment in New Zealand.20
Bonus points for partner’s qualification (either)Recognised qualification at level 7 or 8; or10
Recognised qualification at level 9 or above20


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