New Zealand Skilled Migration Changes

July 11, 2011


The New Zealand Government are introducing a range of changes to its Skilled Migration program, putting a higher emphasis on skilled qualifications and qualifications obtained within New Zealand.

In an aim to attract workers to fill the skills shortages within New Zealand the system has undergone three main changes:

  • An increase in points awarded to those applicants with higher qualifications (levels 9-10) and a reduction in points awarded to those with lower qualifications (levels 3-6)
  • A decrease in points awarded for a partner’s qualification if the qualification is within levels 3-6.
  • Bonus points awarded for qualifications attained while in New Zealand, with extra points awarded for Post-graduate study.

In order to claim the extra points for qualifications attained in New Zealand, the applicant must have studied for a minimum two years for a Bachelor’s Degree or one year for Post-graduate study.

An increased emphasis has also been placed on skilled employment with applicants who hold qualifications in the absolute skills shortage area now needing to secure skilled employment.

Skilled employment will also weigh heavily when it comes to settlement and contribution criteria.

If you want to emigrate to New Zealand and are looking for skilled employment then The Emigration Group can help you find an occupation to suit your skills and qualifications.

We can also help you prepare your CV and make it attractive to potential employers and assess how the above may affect your visa options or eligibility. Call The Emigration Group today on 01244 32141 (North) or 0207 118 2526 (South).

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