The best chance for a successful EOI is to have skilled employment, or an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand.
Skilled employment is employment that requires specialist, technical or management expertise.
If you have a job/job offer for skilled employment, it must be:
Ongoing means your job offer must be for employment with a single employer in a job:
If you are offered a contract and have a history of working on contracts in your occupation, then this may be accepted as ‘skilled employment’ if INZ is satisfied that the work is likely to continue.
Sustainable means INZ must be satisfied that the employer can afford to pay you the stated salary or wages.
Occupations are ‘skilled’ if they are listed as skill levels one, two or three on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). These are all listed in our operational manual at Appendix 6: List of Skilled Occupations.
First, you need to make sure that the description of your job/job offer substantially matches the description of the occupation (including core tasks) in the ANZSCO.
Then, check if your occupation is in part A, B or C of the List of Skilled Occupations.
If your occupation is listed at Part A of Appendix 6: List of Skilled Occupations, you must also have one of the following:
If your occupation is listed at Part B of Appendix 6: List of Skilled Occupations, you must also have one of the following:
If your occupation is listed at Part C of Appendix 6: List of Skilled Occupations, you must also have one of the following:
If your job/job offer does not meet the requirements above, it may still qualify for points for skilled employment if:
Or, if your job/job offer is in an occupation included in our operational manual at Appendix 7: Occupations Treated as Exceptions, it may qualify for points for skilled employment.
You have to demonstrate that your employment or offer of employment substantially matches the description for that occupation (including core tasks) as set out in the ANZSCO. And, you must have either:
You cannot claim points for skilled employment if the position is self-employed. If you are, or will be, self-employed and wish to gain residence, you may be eligible under one of our business categories.
If your job is particularly valuable to New Zealand, you will be able to claim bonus points. A job or job offer in an identified future growth area gives you 10 more points. Work in an area of absolute skills shortage, or located outside Auckland is another 10 points each. Additionally, if your partner (as a non-principal applicant on your application) has a skilled job or job offer, you can claim another 20 points.
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