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Resident Visas

Skilled Migrant Category | Residence from Work | Special Categories |Business | Family


*The NZ Government has decided to postpone selections for the Expressions of Interest (EOI) in this category until further notice.

The purpose of the Skilled Migrant Category is to provide for the grant of resident visas to people who demonstrate that they:

  • have skills to fill identified needs and opportunities in New Zealand; and

  • are able to transfer those skills to New Zealand and link with local needs and opportunities; and

  • are able to demonstrate an ability to contribute to and successfully settle in New Zealand.

If you are fortunate enough to have secured skilled employment in New Zealand or have an offer of skilled employment then this maybe the preferred pathway to a New Zealand resident visa for you and/or your family.  

In a very simple overview, the application process consists of:

  1. Submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) 

  2. Your EOI being selected from a pool* 

  3. Receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) by Immigration New Zealand

  4. Submitting your full resident visa application exactly as per the instructions outlined in your Invitation to Apply

An EOI will be assessed if you would meet requirements based on the information you provide.  If you do not get this part right you may find yourself on a pathway to a very complex and delayed process. 


After you have submitted your EOI it goes into a pool to be selected*. Those who claim 160 points or more will usually be selected.    

If you are selected and issued with an ITA, you will have 4 months exactly to prepare all your verifiable documents and submit your resident visa application.  

Contact me before submitting your EOI to give you some peace of mind you are on the right track and potentially avoid severe delays and other issues to the processing of your application.  

The immigration process for a resident visa is time consuming, complex and costly.  I can help you take the hassle out of working it out for yourself to save you time and money.  

  • Do you have good Health?

  • Are you of good Character?

  • Are you in skilled employment?

  • Can you claim 160 points?

  • Can you meet English Language Requirements?

If you answered yes to all of the above you maybe ready to start the process for a resident visa application.

To increase your chances of success and reduce unnecessary delays - it is important to be prepared, contact me today for an initial consultation

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