A new simplified points system will be introduced for the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa from 9 October 2023.
According to Immigration New Zealand (INZ), these changes provide more certainty to migrants and employers about who can come to New Zealand to work temporarily and who can remain permanently, so people can make informed decisions.
Under the new system, all SMC applicants must have a job offer for, or current employment in, a role paid at least:
- the median wage for occupations classified at ANZSCO skill level 1-3, or
- 1.5 times the median wage for occupations classified at ANZSCO skill level 4-5.
In addition, they need 6 points to apply. This can be made up from:
- three to six points based on New Zealand occupational registration, or a recognised qualification (Bachelor's degree or higher), or income from job or job offer (earning at least 1.5 times the median wage in New Zealand); and
- one point per year of work in a New Zealand skilled job, up to a maximum of three points.
There is no limit on the number of people who can get residence through the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa under the new settings. As long as a person meets visa eligibility criteria, they will be able to get New Zealand residence if their application is approved. Other requirements such as age, language, health and character, remain unchanged.
Until the new system comes into effect, INZ will continue to draw expressions of interest (EOI) under the current SMC settings every month until the final selection on 16 August 2023. Migrants can submit their EOI until 15 August if they want a chance to apply for residency under the current settings. People not invited to apply, or that do not meet the points criteria under current settings, may be able to apply under the new simplified points system from 9 October 2023 if they are eligible.
To learn all details, visit INZ's website and read all about the changes to the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa.
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