New Zealand

New Zealand: The Skilled Migrant Category

Source: Immigration New Zealand website

The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to work and live permanently. To be eligible for residence under SMC you must:

  • be 55 or under
  • be healthy
  • be of good character
  • speak English

To decide if you can apply we use a points system. You get points for age, experience, employability and qualifications.


How to apply

There are two steps:

  1. You complete an Expression of Interest, telling us about yourself, your family, your skills and your experience.
  2. If you have enough points, we accept your Expression of Interest, and send you an Invitation to Apply. You complete it, and return it to us with your supporting documents. Minimum standards You can include your partner and dependent children in your application, but you all have to meet these standards.

Health: You must be healthy. If you are invited to apply for residence, you and your family will have to be assessed by an approved doctor. -

Character: You and your family must be of good character. We don't allow some people who have committed serious crimes to come to New Zealand.

English language: You and your family will need to meet a certain level of ability in spoken and written English.

Occupational registration: If you need occupational registration and do not have it, you will not be able to work in your chosen occupation under the Skilled Migrant Category.


Claiming points on your Expression of Interest (EOI)

If you meet the minimum standards, you will want to know how many points you can claim on your EOI. You'll need at least 100 points to go into the pool that we select EOIs from every two weeks.

Skilled employment: You can claim 50-60 points for a job or a job offer in New Zealand that requires specialist, technical, or management expertise. You can get bonus points, for eaxample if the job/job offer is in certain industries, or if your partner also has a skilled job/job offer.

Work experience: You can claim points for at least two years' work experience in the same field in which you have skilled employment. An example is if your experience is in New Zealand, or in certain industries.

Recognised qualification: We award 40-60 points for a variety of trade certificates, diplomas, bachelors degrees and post-graduate qualifications. You can get bonus points for qualifications, too.

Age: We award a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 30 points for age. You must be under 55 years old to apply.

Close family: You can claim 10 points if you have close family with New Zealand residence or citizenship.


National Tertiary Education Consortium

National Tertiary Education Consortium (Ntec). Ntec consists of four tertiary providers, which are all registered with and accredited by the New Zealand.

Ntec is structured so all schools within the integrated organisation operate with common directors under a common quality management system, adhere to common values and operate from the same campuses across different locations where Ntec schools deliver programmes.

Students at Ntec are prepared for careers in accounting, business, computing, cookery, counselling, hospitality, health services and workplace training. Concordia's English Academy offers a wide range of English programmes, including general, business, academic, IELTS and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Ntec also runs short hospitality courses.

The main Ntec campus is in the Auckland CBD, and we also have campuses in Christchurch, Tauranga, and Hastings. Each campus is located in the city centre and has easy access to public transport, libraries, shopping centres and food outlets.

Ntec has a reputation for being friendly, caring, and welcoming, and has a multi-cultural staff with wide experience in education for international students. Tutors, counsellors and support staff are happy to mentor students and give guidance to help them get the most out of their study and to reach their full potential.

The Ntec schools are high-performing, good quality education providers, and this is reflected in their NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority) external evaluation and review reports. Three of the schools – Concordia, National Technology Institute and the College of Future Learning NZ – have the highest possible rating of Category One, which means that NZQA is "highly confident" in their educational performance.


Auckland Goldstar Institute

Auckland Goldstar Institute. AGI is a Private Training Establishment (PTE) registered with and accredited by New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA). AGI is a Signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The school focus is on delivering high quality vocational and applied education to international students. AGI is the only institute in the Auckland area offering Diploma Level 5 & 6 programmes in Healthcare, as well as offering programmes in English and Management to International Students.

Their programmes offerings in Healthcare coupled with our extensive English language programmes enable students to pursue employment in a range of healthcare related positions.

AGI has established strong links with local providers and stakeholders to ensure our students learn the practical skills they require to be successful. AGI provides a safe, caring and friendly environment for our students. Their teaching , support and marketing staff all have oversea experience in foreign language environments so we understand what it is like coming to a new country to pursue studies. Offering a fun and rewarding learning experience for our student and everyone encouraged to take advantage of the many exciting activities and experiences New Zealand has to offer.


New Zealand Tertiary College

New Zealand Tertiary College (NZTC) is a private tertiary education provider with campuses in Auckland and Christchurch. NZTC has been specialising in the provision of high-quality, professional qualifications that cater to the changing needs of the early childhood sector for over 30 years.


As specialists in early childhood education and teacher training, NZTC is a popular choice for students thanks to our flexible study options, including our online learning environment which allows you to enrol today, start tomorrow. NZTC qualifications are NZQA accredited and range from introductory level certificates through to a Master degree.


NZTC vision is to empower our students with knowledge, skills, attitudes and beliefs that will enable them to be effective early childhood educators.

  • Deliver relevant and high quality academic training in early childhood education
  • Provide a stimulating, supportive learning environment for our students
  • Recognise the uniqueness of early childhood development in the life cycle
  • Create a learning environment that enables our students to realise their highest potential as early childhood teachers
  • Give our students practical skills for working in the early childhood sector
  • Recognise and appreciate that our students are uniquely gifted and their individuality should be respected
  • Educate our students to support the child's primary caregivers - the parents
  • Acknowledge that early childhood teachers can make a difference in the lives of young children and their families
  • Enable our students to be true professionals in their career


Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is the largest tertiary provider in the Bay of Plenty and the third largest institute of technology in New Zealand.

We are home to more than 14,000 students, more than 1,000 staff, and we offer more than 150 programmes ranging from certificate to post-graduate level.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is an amalgamation of two high performing institutions – Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga, and Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua. The institutions merged in May 2016 to better meet the education and employment needs of the region.

We offer a high quality education that can lead toward a range of careers in such areas as agriculture, business, communications, early childhood education, forestry, hospitality, information technology (IT), Māori studies, nursing and health, sport management, and tourism.


Being situated in a region of such natural beauty provides plenty of opportunities to wind down, or up, depending on your adrenalin needs. Some of these activities include mountain biking, whitewater and flatwater kayaking, horseback-riding, hiking, soaking in hot pools, and bungy jumping.


Seafield School of English

Seafield School of English is located in Auckland, New Zealand's 'City of Sails' and in Christchurch, the 'Gateway City" to the spectacular South Island of New Zealand.

Both campuses are located near the sea.

Since 1982 have been helping students experience all New Zealand has to offer.

Seafield is a multi award-winning Specialist English Language School, offering General English courses, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and preparation for the IELTS, TOEIC and Cambridge exams.


Seafield School of English holds Category 1 status with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), and is a member of English New Zealand.

Special features of our school include:

  • Ideal locations near the sea
  • Small classes averaging 8 students in size (max. 12)
  • Study pathways to university & other programmes
  • Well-qualified and experienced teachers
  • Free one-to-one after class tutorials
  • Free loan of textbooks
  • Students only ever pay one Registration Fee
  • Free Wi-Fi and computer facilities with free internet
  • Part-time work rights – Seafield has 'Category 1' status
  • Accommodation placement services
  • Student advisors who speak a variety of languages
  • After school and weekend activity programmes

Seafield campuses have comfortable classrooms, student library & computer facilities, student common rooms and, of course, friendly and professional staff. Each campus is ideally located, within easy walking distance to the waterfront, bus services, shops, banks, supermarkets, cafes & bars, public libraries, gyms and other amenities.


Waikato Institute of Education

For several years Waikato Institute of Education (WIE) has been one of New Zealand's leading English language schools, offering quality English Courses in New Zealand. WIE is a New Zealand Government Approved Institution, and registered with the NZ Ministry of Education. All WIE programmes are accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Waikato Institute of Education (WIE) is the only authorised Cambridge English, Occupational English Test (OET) and IELTS Pre-Test Examinations Centre in Waikato and Bay of Plenty, and the only testing centre for TOEIC in Hamilton.

WIE is well situated in the beautiful river city of Hamilton, New Zealand's second-fastest growing city. With a population of close to 200,000 Hamilton provides the perfect environment for study and leisure. Hamilton is centrally located and within a short driving distance to many of New Zealand's landmark beaches, lakes, mountains, popular tourist destinations and activities and recreational activities.


Work permit

Students are allowed to work 20 hours per week during semesters; full time during breaks and holidays

Post-Study Job Search Visa

Upon graduation of certain courses, you are entitled to a Post-Study Job Search Visa

Passport of New Zealand

Possible to apply for a New Zealand citizenship after 5 years of work