Selections of Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) pool resumed on 11 November 2022. On 3 November Immigration New Zealand will change the EOI form to give applicants more time to meet certain requirements. There are presently delays in obtaining NZQA international qualification assessments and English language testing and many applicants may not be able to receive their assessment results before the next selection. Currently, you cannot submit an EOI if you do not have the assessment and test results. On the updated EOI form, applicants can indicate they are waiting on an NZQA assessment, test results or a booked test. If invited to apply for an SMC residence visa, applicants will then need to upload their assessment or test results.
INZ is also changing its requirements to submit a residence application to allow English language test results that are more than 2 years old as evidence of an acceptable standard of English.