NewZealand Skilled Migrant Visa

The New Zealand Skilled Migration Programme allows skilled workers in specialist occupations to immigrate to New Zealand to help fill workforce shortages.

New Zealand is currently experiencing a huge shortage of skilled workers in a number of industries so now is the perfect time to apply.

You no longer need to have a job offer or sponsorship to be eligible for a New Zealand Skilled Migration Visa, but if you do have a job your visa can be organized in just 2-3 months. If you don't have a job it will take between 6-9 months.

To be eligible for this New Zealand Work Visa you will need score at least 100 points in the skills test..

The basic requirements are:

  • You must be under 56 years old.

  • You must meet the character and health requirements.

  • Your occupation must be on the skills list.

  • You must be fully qualified in your occupation.

  • You must have at least 3 years experience relevant to your qualification.

  • You must be fluent in English.

Your eligibility for a New Zealand Skilled Migration Visa is based on a skills test in which you must score at least 100 points to be able to submit your expression of interest. You get extra points if you have a partner who also wants to migrate to New Zealand and has enough points.

Points in the NZ Skilled Migrant Visa skills test are based on:

  • Employability

  • Work experience

  • Qualifications

  • Family ties

  • Age

The major groups of skilled occupations for the New Zealand Skilled Migration Visa are:

  • Group 1: Legislators, administrators and managers

  • Group 2: Professionals

  • Group 3: Technicians and associate professionals

  • Group 7: Trades workers

Nurses, Social Workers, Engineers, Motor Mechanics, Electricians, Welders, Fabricators and Metal Workers are in particularly high demand in New Zealand at present.

It is not a requirement for you to already have a job offer in New Zealand in order to apply for this New Zealand Work Visa, but it is looked on favourably by the New Zealand Immigration Service

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