EOI, NZQA assessments and English language tests, and Wage threshold
INZ is changing the expression of interest (EOI) form for the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Resident Visa to give people more time to meet the visa requirements. This updated form is scheduled to be available from 8pm Thursday 3 November 2022.
NZQA assessments and English language tests
Selections of EOIs for the SMC will resume on 9 November 2022. However, there is a delay for NZQA international qualification assessments and English language tests, so some people may not be able to receive their assessments or sit their tests before this date.
Currently, you cannot submit an EOI if you do not have the assessment and test results.
On the updated EOI form, people will be able to tell INZ if they are waiting on an NZQA assessment, test results or a booked test. If invited to apply for an SMC residence visa, they will need to upload their assessment or test results.
INZ is also changing our requirements to submit a residence application to allow English language test results that are more than 2 years old as evidence of an acceptable standard of English.
The SMC median wage threshold was recently increased from $27 per hour to $27.76 per hour.
Those who meet the new pay threshold should update the information in their EOI as soon as possible. INZ may send invitations to apply for an SMC residence visa to people who met the previous requirements at the time they submitted an EOI. However, if you are invited to apply for residence, you will need to meet the new threshold.