The New Zealand Government is expected to make further announcements regarding changes to Skilled Migrant Category Residence in early 2023 with the changes expected to be in place by mid-year.

The Skilled Migrant Category Residence pathway has traditionally been New Zealand’s main residence visa category based on skills and employment.   The key proposal is to introduce a new, simplified points system.  The new system will create a clear skill threshold for residence but will still offer several ways for people to demonstrate their skill level.

Applicants must have at least 6 points to be eligible, this can be made up of:

3 to 6 points based on either professional registration, qualifications or income.  People can choose the skill category that offers the most points based on their circumstances; and

1 point per year of working in New Zealand in a skilled job, up to a maximum of 3 points.

All applicants must have a job, or a job offer in New Zealand and be paid at least the median wage.

No specific date for these changes has yet been announced.  If you believe that the impending changes may affect your eligibility to apply for residence, we encourage you to apply now if you presently meet the residence threshold.

Contact GHS for further information.