Basic Requirement of New Zealand Skilled Immigration

New Zealand Skilled Migrant Residence have three major categories: the 6-point Skilled Migrant Category (SMC), the Straight to Residence Category (STR) and the Work to Residence Category (WTR).

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Age should not exceed 55 years.
  • Good health and character.
  • Proficiency in English (equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5).
  • Secure a skilled job from an Accredited Employer.

If you have met the above basic requirement, you might be eligible to apply for residence from one of the following pathway

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Under current immigration policy, in addition to meeting basic requirements such as English, health, and character, the first step is to find a skilled job that meets the immigration requirements. The employer must be an accredited employer; and your salary must meet the required remuneration level.

Some popular ways to meet the 6 points skilled migrant category requirements may include:

  • Bachelor’s degree + three years of local skilled work experience
  • Master’s degree + one year of local skilled work experience
  • Doctoral degree
  • A skilled job with twice the NZ median wage + two years of local skilled work experience

Among all these combinations, a master’s degree plus one year of local work experience is expected to be the most popular option due to its speed, convenience, and flexibility. New Zealand universities offer a variety of one to two-year master’s programs, some of which do not require a related undergraduate background, providing not only a pathway to immigration but also an opportunity for a career change
and a fresh start.

We can guide you to plan your study to migrant pathway.

If you are interested in skilled migration, please click on this link to fill out a free assessment form.