NZ migration isbased upon point test which is a transparent and objective method of selectingskilled migrants with the skills and attributes needed in NZ.
What is the pass mark?
The pass markis the total number of points you need to be eligible for any visa that issubject to a points test. The current pass mark is 140 points.
What is the pool mark?
Where the poolmark is set lower than the pass mark, applicants whose score is lower than thepass mark but is equal or greater than the pool mark, are held in a pool for aspecified time. Currently, however, the pool mark for all visas that aresubject to a points test is equal to 100.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for residence under SMC youmust:
· be 55 or under
· be healthy
· be of good character
· speak English.
To decide if you can apply we use a pointssystem. You get points for age, experience, employability and qualifications.
How to apply
There are two steps:
You complete an Expression of Interest, telling us aboutyourself, your family, your skills and your experience.
If you have enough points, we accept your Expression ofInterest, and send you an Invitation to Apply. You complete it, and return itto us with your supporting documents.
Points and bonus points
All of the available points are listed below.100 points will get your EOI into the ‘Pool’, but the more points you have, themore likely you are to be selected.
· 30 points: 20-29 years
· 25 points: 30-39 years
· 20 points: 40-44 years
· 10 points: 45-49 years
· 5 points: 50-55 years.
10 points for close family in New Zealand.
· 50 points: job offer
· 50 points: working in a skilled job in NewZealand for less than 12 months
· 60 points: working in a skilled job in NewZealand for more than 12 months.
· 10 points: work in an identified futuregrowth area
· 10 points: work in an area of absolute skillsshortage
· 10 points: work in a region outside Auckland
· 20 points if partner has a skilled job or joboffer.
Work experience in skilled employment
· 10 points: 2 years
· 15 points: 4 years
· 20 points: 6 years
· 25 points: 8 years
· 30 points: 10 years.
Bonus points for work experience in NewZealand:
· Five points: one year
· 10 points: two years
· 15 points: three or more years.
And if the work experience is in anidentified future growth area:
· 10 points: 2 to 5 years experience
· 15 points: 6 or more years experience.
And if the work experience in an area ofabsolute skills shortage:
· 10 points: 2 to 5 years
· 15 points: 6 or more years.
· 40 points: recognised level 4-6 qualification(e.g. trade qualification, diploma)
· 50 points: recognised level 7 or 8qualification (e.g. bachelor degree, bachelor degree with honours)
· 60 points: recognised level 9 or 10post-graduate qualification (masters degree, doctorate)
Bonus points for qualifications:
· 10 points: two years full-time study inNew Zealand completing a recognised bachelor degree New Zealandqualification
· 10 points: One year of full-time studyin New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification
· 15 points: two years of full-time study inNew Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification
· 10 points: qualification in an identifiedfuture growth area
· 10 points: qualification in an area ofabsolute skills shortage
· 10 points if your partner holds alevel 4-6 qualification
· 20 points: if your partner holds a level7+ qualification.