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Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

The Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (SMCRV) is a visa that allows skilled migrants to live and work permanently in New Zealand. The SMCRV is currently based on a points system, but from 9 October 2023, it will be replaced with a new points system.

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The new points system will be simpler than the current system and will set a clear skills threshold for residence.

There will be three main ways to demonstrate your skill level under the new system:

  • New Zealand occupational registration: You can claim 3 to 6 points if you are registered to work in a skilled occupation in New Zealand.
  • Qualifications: You can claim 3 to 6 points if you have a bachelor’s degree or higher from a New Zealand university or an equivalent qualification from another country.
  • Income: You can claim 3 to 6 points if you earn at least 1.5 times the median wage in New Zealand.

In addition to these three main ways to score points, you can also score points for:

  • Work experience in New Zealand: You can claim 1 point for each year of work experience in a skilled occupation in New Zealand, up to a maximum of 3 points.
  • English language proficiency: You must meet the minimum English language requirements for the SMCRV. You can score an additional point if you have a higher level of English proficiency.

To be eligible for the SMCRV under the new points system, you will need to score at least 6 points. You will also need to meet other requirements, such as having a job offer in New Zealand and being able to support yourself financially.

The changes to the SMCRV are designed to make it easier for skilled migrants to come to New Zealand and to contribute to the New Zealand economy. The new points system is also more transparent and easier to understand than the current system.

If you are interested in applying for the SMCRV, you should contact a licenced immigration adviser for more information.

Is New Zealand your dream?

Petra is a licensed Immigration Adviser in New Zealand. She provides immigration and settlement advice for people wishing to migrate to New Zealand. She is part of a global team of 22 professionals, including 6 immigration advisers, with whom she works on a daily basis.

Residence: Auckland, New Zealand

Area of expertise: immigration advice, New Zealand

Languages: English, Hungarian

Qualification: Licensed Immigration Adviser in New Zealand, qualified Hungarian lawyer with bar exam

Work experience: 9 years as a Licensed Immigration Adviser


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