There are two steps to applying for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category:
The fee is NZ$510 for online EOIs, or NZ$650 for paper EOIs. Online EOIs cost less because they require less processing than a paper EOI.
As you complete your EOI you will claim points. If your EOI has a score of 100 points or more, it goes into the pool of EOIs.
Every two weeks we automatically select EOIs with a points score of 140 or over from the pool. Then we select EOIs with a points score of between 100 and 139 which include points for a skilled job or job offer. If we still have spaces available, we use additional criteria to select lower-scoring EOIs.
We will send you a form that includes all of the information you told us about yourself. You will need to give us evidence you can claim all the points you have claimed, and proof that you and everyone else on your application meet all of our health, character, and English language requirements.
You will have to pay a fee with your application. How much depends on the currency accepted in the office where we process the application: see the office and fees finder.
There are three possible outcomes:
It costs less and it speeds up the process if you lodge your EOI online. You do not have to complete it all at once, you can save it and come back to it. It will take about two hours to complete altogether. Start by registering for our online system.
You can also apply using the paper Expression of Interest form PDF [683KB]. The Expression of Interest Guide PDF [391KB] will help you complete it.
History of selection points
Office and fees finder
Essential Skills in Demand Lists
Australian and NZ Standard Classification of Occupations
Online Expression of Interest
Expression of Interest Form
Expression of Interest Guide
Application for Residence
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