NZ Residence programme

Resident visa applicants decided, based on the year.

Living permanently in New Zealand

We understand that the decision to immigrate permanently to any country is life-changing and has a permanent effect on the lives of individuals and families. This is why we strive to provide the best solution possible for each individual case, as no two lives are the same.

Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)

This is a scheme to allow qualified, skilled workers to come and settle in New Zealand. You first submit an Expression of Interest (EoI), with the number of points you think you will get. If you are over 160 points, you maybe be selected, form the pool and will be invited to apply for residency. If you meet the criteria, your residence application will be approved in due course. And then you can gain permanent residency after two years.

              SMC points calculation Points
Skilled employment
Current skilled employment or offer of skilled employment in New Zealand 50
Bonus points for skilled employment or offer of skilled employment
In an area of absolute skills shortage 10
In a region outside Auckland 30
Partner’s current skilled employment or offer of skilled employment in New Zealand 20
High remuneration (see ‘SMC terms’ for details) 20
Skilled work experience
2 years 10
4 years 20
6 years 30
8 years 40
10 years 50
Bonus points if skilled work experience in New Zealand
1 year or more 10
Bonus points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage
2 to 5 years 10
6 years or more 15
Points for recognised qualifications
Recognised level 3 qualification, if included on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment 40
Level 4 to 6 on the NZQF (e.g. trade qualification, diploma) 40
Level 7 or 8 on the NZQF (e.g. bachelor degree, bachelor degree with Honours) 50
Level 9 or 10 on the NZQF (e.g. Master’s degree, Doctorate) 70
Bonus points for qualifications
2 years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised bachelor degree (level 7 on the NZQF) New Zealand qualification 10
1 year of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification (levels 8, 9 or 10 on the NZQF) 10
2 years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification (level 9, or 10 on the NZQF) 15
Partner’s qualifications
 – recognised level 7 or 8 qualification 10
– recognised level 9 or greater qualification 20
Points for age
20 to 39 30
40 to 44 20
45 to 49 10
50 to 55 5