The New Zealand government has announced the final expressions of interest (EOI) selection for the current Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) settings. The EOI pool will officially close on 16 August 2023, after which a new simplified points system will be introduced, replacing the current settings.
People who are interested in submitting, withdrawing, or updating their EOI are advised to do so before 11:59PM (NZST) on 15 August 2023. It is important to note that only those with 180 points or more will be invited to apply. Therefore, if an individual does not have at least 180 points or will not be able to provide evidence that they meet the criteria, it is recommended that they withdraw their EOI before the deadline.
Furthermore, customers who withdraw their EOI can apply for a refund of their EOI fee. Those whose EOI is assessed as having at least 180 points will be invited to apply for residence under the current SMC settings on 16 August, and they will have four months from the date of their invitation letter to submit their application, including all necessary evidence.
Those whose EOI is assessed as having less than 180 points, however, will not be invited to apply for residence. They may still be eligible to apply under the new simplified points system that will be implemented on 9 October 2023, provided they meet the required criteria.
The new simplified points system aims to make the immigration process more straightforward. More information about the new Skilled Migrant Category can be found on the New Zealand government's website.
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