Skilled Migrant Category English requirements

The Skilled Migrant Category English language requirements must also be met by people applying for Global Impact work visas and Silver Fern Job Search work visas.

Requirements you must meet

You will need to provide evidence of English language ability for yourself, as the principal applicant.

To do this, you need to provide one of the following:

  • an acceptable English language test result (test results must be no more than 2 years old at the time your application is lodged)
    Acceptable English language test results (SMC)
  • evidence of citizenship in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA), and evidence of having spent at least five years working or studying in those countries, or in Australia or New Zealand
  • evidence of a recognised qualification gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. The qualification must be comparable to a New Zealand bachelor’s degree. You must have studied for at least two years in any of those countries to get that qualification
  • evidence of a recognised qualification gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, the UK or the USA. The qualification must be comparable to a postgraduate New Zealand qualification. You must have studied for at least one year in any of those countries to get that qualification.

Requirements your family must meet

Other people included in the application who are aged 16 and older can either meet the requirements above, or pre-purchase English tuition. Children under 16 do not have to meet English language requirements.
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