New Zealand Skilled Migrant

Applying for New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

New Zealand is looking for people who have the right skills to come and contribute to the growth of New Zealand economy. There are plenty of jobs in New Zealand for expats, it is only a question of whether you have the desired skills. If you are skilled, then the New Zealand SMC Visa is for you. Before you can however be invited to submit your New Zealand visa application, you will first need to send in an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Immigration New Zealand. This EOI will show your work experience and qualifications which will prove that you are able to settle down conveniently in New Zealand. If your EOI is successful, you will be given an opportunity to apply to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely. This visa will not need you to apply for a separate Work Visa for New Zealand as it gives you full privilege to work and live anywhere in New Zealand.

To apply for this visa, you are expected to be 55 years or below at the time of application or your application will not be received.

With the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, you are free to:

  • Live, Study and Work in New Zealand
  • Include your partner and your dependent children that are not more than 24 years old in your residence application.

You should note that for the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa:

  • Points are used to assess Expression of Interest
  • Only people with 160 Points and above are being selected and Invited to Apply
  • You will not be qualified if you are self-employed. If you intend to work abroad in New Zealand in your own business, you will need to submit an application for an Entrepreneur Resident Visa instead of the SMC Resident Visa.


For further enquiries about the New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, you can consult with us at Permits and Visas. You can fill up our free online visa assessment form. One of our agents will get back to you shortly.