Skilled Migrant Category reopens, consultation on future begins
Selections of expressions of interest (EOIs) for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (SMC) will resume on 9 November 2022. Immigration New Zealand uses a points-based system to assess EOIs. On 9 November, INZ will select all EOIs with at least 160 points, which is the current threshold.
After 9 November, the threshold will increase to 180 points. Only EOIS after the said date will be affected of the increase. EOIs will be selected again on 18 January 2023.
Expression of interest selection
Those who have submitted EOIs can proceed, or withdraw and request a refund.
Those who wish to proceed must:
INZ will check selected EOIs to ensure the right number of points are claimed. Those who meet the points threshold will be invited to apply for an SMC Resident Visa.
Those who wish to withdraw and request a refund should do so before 9 November 2022. Refunds are not available after the EOI has been selected.
SMC Visa application process
INZ asks for patience as it responds to the many EOIs expected in November. Those invited to apply for an SMC Visa have four (4) months to submit their application. Submissions are made online.
2021 Resident Visa
INZ encourages those who have already applied for a 2021 Resident Visa to continue with their application, rather than applying for an SMC Visa as well.
Currently, residence visa processing priorities are focused on completing the 2021 Resident Visa applications. INZ has committed to processing the vast majority of 2021 Resident Visa applications by June 2023.
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