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FactorsRequirementsPoints
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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