It is now easier to qualify for a residence visa, under the
Skilled Migrant Category, if the applicant is working outside of
the Auckland region.
What is the change?
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) have increased
the credit given to applicants working outside of Auckland. From 1
November 2015, applicants will be awarded 30 points for skilled
employment outside of Auckland. This has increased from 10 points.
An applicant needs at least 100 points to qualify, if he or she has
How does this make it easier to qualify?
If he or she has "skilled employment", a job outside
of the Auckland region, and is aged less than 45 then he or she
should qualify for residence. This is as long as he or she meets
the good character and health requirements and other generic
Is there a catch?
The applicant must stay in job for at least 12 months. This is
if he or she has not already been in the job at least three months
before being granted residence.
If the applicant leaves the job before the 12-month point, he or
she can get another position which is also skilled and outside of
What is the Auckland region?
This is the area controlled by the Auckland City Council. If the
principal place of employment is within this area, the job will not
be outside of Auckland.
What is "skilled employment"?
This is a job that meets INZ's skilled" criteria. In
particular, INZ uses the Australian and New Zealand Standard
Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) system to
decide what jobs are "skilled". The list of skilled jobs,
based on the ANZSCO system, can be found on the INZ website.
How can I help my employee apply for
There is guidance for employers on our website, particularly
about understanding whether your employee's job is
click here for more information. Otherwise, you are very
welcome to telephone or email our Immigration Team. The team's
direct number is 03 335 3480 or Nicola.email@example.com
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October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)is the category that most people use to apply for residence.
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