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PR Visa

Jun 26, 2019

PR Visa

  You’re likely to need a job or job offer to apply for one of our resident or temporary work visas.

  If you have specialist skills or work in an area of skills shortage, and have a qualification that is comparable to those that New Zealand employers are used to, you’ll find that there are great career opportunities for you here.

  • Skilled Migrant Category

      The Skilled Migrant Category is a points system based on factors such as age, work experience, your qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment. You must also be aged 55 or under, and meet English language, health, and character requirements.

      If you have 160 points or over your EOI will be selected automatically for an ITA.

      If you have 100-155 points you are able to submit an EOI but it may not be selected. In this range, the required number of points varies each fortnightly selection depending on demand. You’re more likely to be successful if you have:

    • A job or job offer for skilled employment, or
    • Claimed bonus points for work experience in an area of absolute skill shortage.

      To get a better idea of the number of points you may need, view the history of selection points. This webpage is updated after each fortnightly ITA draw.

      Immigration New Zealand’s list of points and bonus points can help you self-assess your application and evaluate how many points you could have if you undertake extra study or work experience, or get offered a job by a New Zealand employer.

  • Residence from Work Category

      Once you’ve been in New Zealand for two years on a Work to Residence (Talent) visa you may be eligible for residence status under the Residence from Work Category.

      This category is a great way to ‘upgrade’ from a temporary work visa to a residence visa. As a resident you’ll be able to stay in New Zealand indefinitely and access most publicly funded services.

      To be eligible you’ll need to:

    • Have been in New Zealand on a Work to Residence visa for two years
    • Meet health and character requirements
    • Provide evidence you’re from an English speaking background or have an IELTS certificate (level 5).

      You’ll also need to satisfy the requirements of one of the following two pathways:

  • From an Accredited Employer work visa

      If you were granted a temporary work visa to allow you to work for an accredited employer in New Zealand, you can apply for a residence class visa under Residence from Work (Accredited Employers) Category.

      To be eligible you’ll need to:

    • Have held a Work to Residence: Accredited Employer work visa for at least 24 months
    • Have been employed full time for that period by an accredited employer
    • Be currently employed and have a base salary of at least NZ$55,000 per year
    • Hold full or provisional registration to practise in your occupation in New Zealand (if applicable)
  • From a Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa

      If you were granted a temporary work visa to allow you to work for an employer in New Zealand in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, you can apply for residence under Long Term Skill Shortage List Category.

      To be eligible you’ll need to:

    • Have held a work visa granted under the Work to Residence: Long Term Skill Shortage category for at least 24 months.
    • Have been employed full time for that period in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List.
    • Be currently employed and have a base salary of at least NZ$45,000 per year.
    • Be aged 55 years or younger.
    • Hold full or provisional registration to practise in your occupation in New Zealand (if applicable).

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