New Zealand’s (with offer) skilled immigrants are mainly for an immigration method in which the applicant directly submits an application in New Zealand, and includes a bonus of 50 points, which can be used in conjunction with New Zealand’s higher education, or can help people who have a job to apply for immigration. At present, the number of people in the domestic who successfully immigrate accounts for more than 85% of the total number.

One-stop residence permit: Apply locally in New Zealand, you and your families can get the residence visa in one step, without apply for a work visa or transfer your identity. Zero investment, low cost: Get a residence permit in one step, no asset requirements, investment requirements, no need to explain the source of funds. It allows overseas applicants to live, work and study permanently in New Zealand, and can bring their spouse and unmarried children aged 24 and below to immigrate to New Zealand. New Zealand skilled immigrants use the EOI scoring system (100 points can be pooled), but the New Zealand Immigration Service has made it clear that only applicants with a score of 160 or above are currently invited.


Application conditions

1. EOI scores meet 160 points;
2. Have a valid visa to work legally in New Zealand;
3. Need to provide the offer that meets the requirements of the immigration bureau (satisfying the relevant professional requirements and meeting the corresponding hourly salary requirements);
4. Employer scale reference standard: annual turnover of about 500,000 New Zealand dollars, employees 3-4 full-time employees, profits of about 50,000 New Zealand dollars;
5. Meet the requirements for medical examination and non-crime;
6. English meets IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent English score, TOEFL, PTE, etc.).

The following English language test results are acceptable:

Test Minimum score required
International Englisth Language Testing System (IELTS) – General or Academic Module Overall score of 6.5 or more
Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) Overall score of 79 or more
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Overall score of 58 or more
Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Cambridge English: First (FCE) or for Schools
Overall score of 176 or more
Occupational English Test (OET) Grade B or higher in all four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)*

* A score of Grade B or higher in all four skills is required for the OET as there is no overall grade for this test.

1. The employer size reference standard is based on the previous success story summary and the SPY local market.
2. The review of the employer’s application focuses on whether the applicant is actually working in the company, whether the ability is competent for the job, and whether the company actually operates and is capable of paying the applicant’s salary.
3. Applicants are required to remain in the company for the duration of the application period.


Application process

The application process is a total of 6 steps, the period is 1 year - 1 year and a half

STEP 1 Apply
After meeting the technical immigration scoring standards and obtaining IELTS and academic qualifications, then EOI can be submitted.

STEP 2 Receive invitation
Screening is conducted every two weeks, and 160 points or more will be automatically selected. The Immigration Department will issue an invitation letter after confirming that the review is correct.

STEP 3 Full set of submissions
After obtaining the invitation letter, you can collect and submit the formal immigration application form and related materials as required, valid for 4 months.

STEP 4 Waiting for review
Submit a full set of information, waiting for the immigration officer.

STEP 5 Back adjustment approved
The comprehensive review, including document review, investigation, supplementary documents, interviews, etc., and finally issue a principled approval.

STEP 6 Receive visa
Prepare the label information to complete the labeling passport or issue an electronic visa.



New version of ANZSCO released Wednesday, 30 October 2019

A new version of ANZSCO has been released. The immigration office will continue to use the previous version until the middle of next year, although not for every occupation.

ANZSCO version 1.3 released
The Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand have released an updated version of Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).

The immigration office will continue to use Version 1.2 until mid-2020

The immigration office will continue to use ANZSCO Version 1.2 in the assessment of most applications until mid-2020. In mid-2020, we will no longer use ANZSCO to assess the skill level of jobs for the Essential Skills Work Visa. For this reason, continuing to use ANZSCO Version 1.2 will ensure a smoother transition to the new way of assessing temporary work visa applications.

Some occupations will be treated as an exception
We will treat an occupation differently if it is:

  • low-skilled — that is, skill level 4 to 5 in ANZSCO version 1.2
  • skilled — that is, skill level 1 to 3) in ANZSCO version 1.3, and
  • the visa applicant earns at least the New Zealand median income —currently NZD $25 per hour.

In these circumstances we will treat the occupation as if it is as if ANZSCO skill level 1 to 3.
When they assess applications for Essential Skills Work Visas or award points for Skilled Migrant Resident Visas, occupations on this list will be treated as being skill level 1 to 3 — but only if you are paid at least the New Zealand median wage of NZD $25 per hour.

ANZSCO code and occupation
421111 Child Care Worker
421112 Family Day Care Worker
421114 Out of School Hours Care Worker
422116 Teachers’ Aide
423411 Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant
423413 Refuge Worker
451111 Beauty Therapist
451412 Tour Guide
451612 Travel Consultant
451811 Civil Celebrant
452211 Bungy Jump Master
452212 Fishing Guide
452213 Hunting Guide
452214 Mountain or Glacier Guide
452215 Outdoor Adventure Instructor
452216 Trekking Guide
452217 Whitewater Rafting Guide
452299 Outdoor Adventure Guides nec
551211 Bookkeeper
552111 Bank Worker
552211 Credit or Loans Officer
711211 Industrial Spraypainter
711311 Paper Products Machine Operator
711313 Sawmilling Operator
711611 Sewing Machinist
711711 Footwear Production Machine Operator
711712 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator
711713 Knitting Machine Operator
711714 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator
711715 Weaving Machine Operator
711716 Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator
711799 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators nec
712111 Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator
712916 Paper and Pulp Mill Operator
712921 Waste Water or Water Plant Operator
721112 Logging Plant Operator
721913 Paving Plant Operator
731311 Train Driver
821711 Construction Rigger
423313 Personal Care Assistant
452311 Diving Instructor (Open Water)
591212 Import-Export Clerk
599611 Insurance Investigator
599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster

If you already hold a work visa, the skill level of your job will remain the same for the duration of your visa.
If you apply before mid-2020

If you apply for any visa before mid-2020, and your occupation is not listed on the exceptions list, we will use ANZSCO Version 1.2 to assess your visa application.

If your occupation is listed on the exceptions list, we will:

treat your occupation as if it were skill level 3, if your job pays above the New Zealand median income, or
use ANZSCO Version 1.2 to assess your application, if your job pays below the New Zealand median income.

If you apply after mid-2020
If you apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa after mid-2020, ANZSCO will no longer be used to assess the skill level of your job. If you apply for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa after mid-2020, we will use ANZSCO Version 1.3 to assess the skill level of your job.

More information about how these changes will work will be available closer to the time.