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Will my Expression of Interest (EOI) be selected?

After you have submitted your EOI, it goes into a pool where it is ranked alongside other EOIs.

Generally, EOIs are selected fortnightly in sufficient numbers to meet the New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP). EOIs claiming 160 points or more may be eligible for selection.

If your situation changes while your EOI is in the pool, you are able to update your information.

For example, if your income from Skilled Employment has increased and is now more than twice the New Zealand median income, you can amend your EOI and claim bonus points. This will increase your points total and may improve your chances of being selected from the pool.

Tips for the Skilled Migrant Category process

  • Selection criteria may change. Please consult the Immigration New Zealand website for current information on eligibility and selection criteria
  • It costs less and it speeds up the process if you lodge your EOI online
  • Claiming points when you are uncertain of your eligibility for them may not give you a better chance of getting Invited to Apply for Residence. Unless you are eligible to claim those points, the assessment of your EOI may be delayed and result in it being resubmitted to the pool or even declined
  • If you are Invited to Apply for residence, make sure that the documentation you submit with your application is complete – incomplete documentation causes delays in the processing time

Deferral of EOI draws

The most recent EOI pool draw was on 18 March 2020. Since this date, there have been no EOI pool draws.

An EOI is current for a period of six months from the date of initial submission to the pool unless no selection of EOIs from the pool has occurred within that six-month period. When this happens, an EOI is current until such time as a selection from the pool has occurred.

If you submitted an EOI after 18 March 2020, your EOI remains in the pool. Further advice will be published once EOI pool draws resume.

If you submitted an EOI before 18 March 2020, your EOI will no longer be valid.

You can refer to our news and notification centre for updates on the suspension of EOI draws.

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