Process & costs

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

Stage 1Expression of Interest

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 530

You can pay for your application online by Visa or Mastercard.

Timeframes

EOI selection

suspended until further notice

Normally we select EOIs from the pool every 2 weeks. Due to COVID-19, selections for Expressions of Interest are suspended until further notice.

COVID-19

New Zealand offices open

New Zealand offices are open. Offices outside of New Zealand are closed except for the Pacific offices. Processing of critical visas related to COVID-19 requests for entry to New Zealand are being prioritised based on the direction of the New Zealand Government.

Invitation to Apply

within 3 weeks

After selection from the pool we will review your EOI within this time.

1

You submit your Expression of Interest

Before you send 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 will need at least 100 to be accepted into our selection pool. Currently, we are only selecting EOIs with 160 points or above.

Find out how many points you can claim

Receiving centre details

Receiving centres handle the administrative, non-decision making activities surrounding the lodgement of a visa application. The information here is a guide only. For the most up to date and accurate information please visit the the website as listed below.

Payment methods

Credit Card
You can pay with Visa or MasterCard. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

2

We invite you to apply for residence

If we select your EOI we check you have claimed the right number of points for your age, experience, employment and qualifications.

If you meet the criteria, we may invite you to apply for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident visa.

Skilled Migrant Category – EOIs

Stage 2Apply for residence

Immigration costs

Application cost

NZD ($) $ 3,310

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. We do not refund application costs if we decline your application. A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Timeframes

Apply

within 4 months

After we issue your invitation to apply for residence, we must receive your complete application and payment within this period.

Processing

within 45 months

90% of applications are currently completed within this time.

1

You send us your application for residence

With your invitation to apply we send you an 'Application for Residence under the Skilled Migrant Category'. It includes 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.

We also send you an 'Employer Supplementary Form'. Give this to your prospective employer to complete.

Receiving centre details

Receiving centres handle the administrative, non-decision making activities surrounding the lodgement of a visa application. The information here is a guide only. For the most up to date and accurate information please visit the the website as listed below.

Payment methods

Credit Card
You can pay with Visa or MasterCard. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

Debit Card
You can pay by debit card. We take payment when we receive your application. You must have enough funds available on the day we receive your application or it may be returned to you.

Postal address

Immigration New Zealand
PO Box 76895
Manukau City
Auckland 2241
New Zealand

Other notes

All Skilled Migrant applications are sent to New Zealand.

2

We make a decision about your application

If there is anything else you need to do, we will let you know.

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

If you are already in New Zealand, you must hold a valid visa.