About this visa Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa

We invite people who have the skills to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth to apply for this visa. Before we can invite you to apply, we’ll first need you to send us an Expression of Interest (EOI) telling us about your work experience, qualifications and ability to settle in New Zealand. If your Expression of Interest is successful we’ll offer you the opportunity to apply to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely.



55 years or under

All Visa Conditions

With this visa you can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner, and dependent children aged 24 and under, in your residence application.

Things to note

  • We use a points-based system to assess expressions of interest.
  • Currently, we are only selecting EOIs with 160 points or above.
  • This visa isn’t designed for people who are self-employed. If you want to work in your own business, you may wish to apply for an Entrepreneur Resident Visa instead.

Entrepreneur Resident Visa

The application process

Stage 1

1 You send us your Expression of Interest

Before sending us an expression of interest (EOI), you can use our points indicator to get an idea how many points you can claim for your EOI. You’ll need at least 100 to be accepted into our selection pool. Currently, we are only selecting EOIs with 160 points or above.

You can send us your EOI online or fill in a paper form.

Application fees apply. Use our Office and fees finder to check how much to pay and where to send paper forms.


2 We invite you to apply for residence

Every 2 weeks we’ll select EOIs from our pool. If your EOI is selected, we’ll check you’ve claimed the right number of points for your age, experience, employment and qualifications.

If you meet the Skilled Migrant Expression of Interest selection criteria, we may invite you to apply for residence.

Stage 2

3 You send us your Application for Residence

If you’re invited to apply for residence, we’ll send you an ‘Application for Residence under the Skilled Migrant Category’. It’ll include all the information you supplied with your EOI and ask you to provide documents to support your claims about your employability, health, character, and English-speaking ability.

You’ll have 4 months to send us your application, fee, and immigration levy.


4 We make a decision about your application

Your application for Residence will take up to 6 months.

If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll be in touch. 

We may ask to interview you as part of the process.

Please check that you meet the detailed criteria before you apply for a visa or travel to New Zealand

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Skilled Migrant Category – EOIs