This toolkit is designed to assist applicants who have been issued with an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC).
It provides links to the resources which will assist you to complete your residence application. Please take it step by step and be sure to read the materials carefully – we are able to action complete applications in a more timely fashion than incomplete ones.
Please carefully read the letter that accompanied your ITA. Take note of the expiry date of your ITA – your application will need to be lodged with Immigration New Zealand (INZ) before then. You should also note that a checklist was sent to you with your ITA. Please check the items off as you assemble the application.
Processing times are updated regularly at the London branch home page - click on the ‘Tips and processing times’ links on the left hand side of the screen. Please note that these details are only updated when a change has occured.
If you have submitted an application without an offer of skilled employment but then obtain one we will prioritise assessment of your case. Please fax us a copy of the offer, clearly marked ‘Attention Skilled Migrant Team’. Our fax number is listed on our contact details page.
Applications submitted with offers of skilled employment in New Zealand always receive priority processing. If you submitted an application without a job offer and wish to find one you may find the following links useful.
There is a great deal of useful information about New Zealand on the NewZealandnow.govt.nz website. This will help you to continue learning about what to expect!
To find out more about what life is like in New Zealand visit www.newzealandnow.govt.nz.
To find out what is happening in New Zealand now, these are some of our main news websites:www.nzoom.comwww.nzherald.comwww.stuff.co.nz