Below is our ‘fools guide’ to the New Zealand Immigration Points System.
If you would rather speak to a human being just give us a call on either + 27 (0) 21 202 8200 (SA) or +44 (0) 1392 531730 (UK).
What role does the New Zealand Immigration Points System play in your prospective immigration?
Any skilled migration for New Zealand residency will require you to take a points test. In fact the point’s assessment is probably the most crucial aspect of your prospective New Zealand immigration.
Why is the New Zealand Immigration Points System so crucial?
New Zealand is a popular immigration destination with many thousands of people wishing to migrate there. As with all other countries, New Zealand has to balance its human resource requirements with protecting local employment.
It all begins with assessing whether the person qualifies for New Zealand Immigration.
The point’s score you achieve dictates whether or not you can apply for an expression of interest. If done incorrectly the consequences are severe:
• Wasted money
• False hopes
• The wrong score meaning a missed change of immigration.
What does the point’s score look at?
The points score can be seen as a little complex which is why we recommend it is done by a licensed immigration advisor such as ourselves. The areas it covers include:
• Close family residing in New Zealand.
• Skilled employment.
• Bonus points for employment in certain sectors or regions.
• Work experience in skilled employment.
• Bonus points for work experience in New Zealand.
• Bonus points for experience in identified future growth areas.
• Bonus points for qualifications.
What points total must you achieve?
The rule is very clear 100 points must be achieved to make an expression of interest. However there is much discussion around this due to whether the cost of making the expression of interest is in fact worth the expense of doing so.
During the last 12 months the reality is the applicant has been selected from the expression of interest pool with a score under 140 points that does not have a job offer. Recent changes have now seen this increase to 160 points.
Therefore many individuals have gone to the expense of making an expression of interest application when the chances were ‘slim to nothing’ of being selected.
Of course the decision will be yours to make but the responsibility to ensure you know the repercussions of it and guide you through it lies with your licensed immigration advisor. Another good reason to take advantage of our free initial consultation.
Booking a consultation and finding out more
If you would like to find out more about our services or book a free consultation with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 (SA). If you prefer, you could instead send us an email.
If so you might be wondering where to start?
What type of application for a skilled migrant visa for New Zealand you would qualify for?
What the process is?
and many more questions……
Below take a look at making an application for a skilled migrant visa for New Zealand and answer some of the questions that you may have. If you prefer to speak to a human being about your situation:
- Call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 (SA).
- Contact us via email.
Who can make an application for a skilled migrant Visa for New Zealand?
In order to be eligible for residence under the skilled migrant’s category, you should meet the following basic criteria:
- Be under 55 year of age.
- Meet the health requirements.
- Be of good character.
- Prove acceptable English language standards.
- Have an occupation that is in demand.
If you can meet the basic criteria then we proceed to the next step which is a points based assessment.
The Points Based Assessment
The most important thing to understand in the process is that it all starts with an assessment. This will show you the points score you can achieve. Most importantly it will lead you to make decisions on what application for a skilled migrant visa for New Zealand suits your circumstances. It is often the case that an application for a skilled migrant visa for New Zealand cannot be made straight away and another visa is required first.
In terms of the points system there will be two inevitable outcomes:
- You won’t qualify for a skills migrant visa (under 100 points)
- You will qualify to submit an EOI- expression of interest for a skilled migrant’s visa
Expression of Interest(EOI)
An EOI refers to an expression of interest and it is your second step in making an application for a skilled migrant Visa for New Zealand. It is submitted together with your points score to the authorities in New Zealand.
Should you score within their chosen parameters then you may be selected to receive an invitation to apply.
Invitation to apply
If you receive an invitation to apply it does not guarantee you a visa. It invites you to make a formal application which in essence confirms your assessment and expression of interest as being correct. Hence why the assessment is so important.
How do you assess if you should make an application for a skilled migrant visa for New Zealand?
The good news is that New Zealand is unique in that it needs to attract skilled migrants. In fact the GDP of New Zealand would suffer severely should it not have sufficient skilled migrants to join in the work force. The three year target which New Zealand needs to attract is currently on 150,000.
The statistics as it currently stands is that one out of four people living in New Zealand are actually immigrants. There is no reason that one of these immigrants couldn’t be you.
……So Moving forward
One of the best ways to see if you should apply for a skilled migrant visa is to take an assessment first. It is going to be within your best interests to first gain an indication of whether you will qualify, or not, prior to investing your time and money.
One of our licensed immigration advisors will be able to assist you in the assessment process. And provide you with a written, formal comprehensive report as to your options.
Always bear in mind: According to the law, anybody who provides advice with regard to immigration to New Zealand is required to be licensed by the Immigration Advisor’s Authority, unless they are exempt.
Booking an assessment or finding out more:
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 (SA) or +44 (0) 2038 732150 (UK). You could alternatively instead contact us via email.
A licensed immigration advisor for New Zealand is a professional who is there to help you with your immigration. They operate in a regulated environment meaning you get qualified advice and expert guidance with the backing of the Immigration Advisors Authority.
Not just anyone can call themselves a licensed advisor though and below we guide you through what an advisor is.
Moving to a new country is never easy. In fact it can be one of the most stressful times of your entire life.
One of the best ways to lighten the burden and to get some much needed support, is to make use of a fully licensed immigration advisor for New Zealand.
Therefore knowing the difference between someone who is licensed as opposed to someone who isn’t will prove extremely valuable.
All about Licensed Immigration Advisors for New Zealand
How do you find a Licensed Immigration Advisor for New Zealand ?
The role of a Licensed Immigration Advisor
According to the law, anybody who provides advice with regard to immigration to New Zealand is required to be licensed by the Immigration Advisor’s Authority, unless they are exempt. No other person or company may provide you with advice concerning New Zealand immigration and visa applications.
Not all Licensed Immigration Advisor’s are the same
There are three types of licensed immigration advisor’s:
Let’s discuss each one of these in more detail in order for you to gain a better understanding.
1.A Fully Licensed Immigration Advisor. Provides you with information pertaining to a vast range of immigration matters. They have the knowledge and expertise to deal with all immigration related matters.
2.A Provisionally Licensed Immigration Advisor. Provides you with information about all immigration related matters, however the fundamental difference is that they need to be fully supervised by a full license holder.
3.A limited Licensed Immigration Advisor. Only able to provide you with advice on specific and limited immigration matters.
Code of Conduct of a Licensed Immigration Advisor
A Licensed Immigration Advisor also has to meet very high competency standards and they follow a highly professional code of conduct.
This code of conduct require advisor’s to:
- Be professional, honest and respectful at all times.
- To provide clients with updates on an ongoing basis.
- To only charge fees which are reasonable and fair.
What is the scope of a Licensed Immigration Advisor For New Zealand?
Some of the many things a New Zealand immigration advisor can help you with:
- Assist and prepare your visa application.
- Assist you with settling into New Zealand.
- Assess the process with regard to if you are able to appeal a visa which was declined.
- Have the competency to assess if you are in New Zealand unlawfully.
- Help you to explore the broad range of visa options.
- Assist you in choosing the best via option for you.
Company versus individual licensing
It is important for us to stress that a person is licensed and not a company. Therefore a company is not able to market themselves as being “licensed” for New Zealand immigration. They are only allowed to market the person who is licensed.
Be sure of your Licensed Immigration Advisor
- Any person who provides you with New Zealand immigration advice; that is not licensed or exempt; is actually committing an offense under the immigration act.
- If you were to use such a person your application will be turned down.
- Unlicensed ‘sales people’ are not qualified to provide you with advice. They may also end up costing you money and your chances of emigrating.
Therefore always check that your ‘advisor’ is indeed a Licensed Immigration Advisor for New Zealand.
Does Intergate Immigration have a fully licensed immigration advisor?
Intergate Emigration has 3 licensed immigration advisors:
- Katrin Maja Maehl (IAA License No. 201400975). You can view her license information on the Immigration Advisers Authority website.
- Sarah Hewitt (IAA License No. 201600296). Sarah’s link on the Immigration Advisers Authority website is here.
- Maike Engelke (IAA License number 201600505). Maike’s link on the Immigration Advisers Authority website is here.
Booking a New Zealand assessment or finding out more:
To find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 202 8200. Alternatively, send us an email.
New Zealand is one of the most popular emigration destinations. Offering emigrants a wonderful culture, amazing scenery and economic prospects. But do you fully understand the New Zealand Emigration Options that may be available to you
Just what is the right pathway for you to seek when exploring how to proceed? What’s the most cost effective way? How do you ensure that you have uncovered all the New Zealand Emigration Options.
You and your partner have sat down and had “the talk”. After many discussions, long debates and weighing up all the variables, you have both made an important decision. You both have decided that you no longer want to remain in the country and you wish to immigrate abroad.
While looking at your options, it may be a good idea to ask :Why should you choose New Zealand as an immigration destination?
It goes without saying, that different things appeal to different people. While some people may enjoy wonderful warm sunny days, others may prefer the winter months, staying at home wrapped up in blankets and listening to the sound of the rain. Despite individual differences there are many reasons which the majority of people agree upon, when it comes to the reasoning behind choosing New Zealand as an immigration destination.
Some of the best reasons to choose New Zealand as an immigration destination.
Clean and safe
New Zealand offers the best of everything. It is a safe country, which offers high quality living conditions. New Zealand is “clean and green”. Crime is extremely low and the government is very stable. This is besides the factor that New Zealanders are warm and embracing to new cultures.
New Zealand’s education system is one of the best in the world. Their university system is based on the British higher education system. New Zealand is actually becoming the number one choice for international students who are looking for quality education at costs which are affordable.
There are four seasons in New Zealand, however there are no extreme conditions of hot and cold, which is typical in the majority of other countries. New Zealand more often than not,offers a pleasant climate.
New Zealand welcomes business
New Zealand is known to welcome international business from across the world. You may be interested to know that The World Bank reported New Zealand to be , the second easiest country in the world to do business with. It also offers many career prospects and opportunities.
In addition, it is a known fact that New Zealand is constantly on the look out for skilled migrants with experience and qualifications for various positions across all different sectors. There are also all sorts of visa options for people who are wishing to settle permanently.
Quality of living
New Zealand offers a very high quality of living. Not only does it offer the very best of modern technology, but it also has many opportunities for your whole family. It is very possible to obtain a healthy, happy , safe and peaceful life for your family in the country.
Property is affordable
Many people who live in New Zealand own beautiful houses. In many countries owning a beautiful home may be the exception and not the norm. However in New Zealand property is affordable. This is very promising news for families who want to settle in New Zealand and become home owners.
New Zealand offers excellent health care services. New Zealand residents and various visa holders can benefit from a quality public health system that is free or offered at a low cost. This is all thanks to the generous government subsidies.
Non residents are able to make use of health care services at a cost. New Zealand residents can choose to make use of private medical cover, however many of them do not feel the need to do so. New Zealand has spent several years working towards creating an efficient quality national health care system.
New Zealand is a country known for providing an excellent work-life balance. While New Zealand employees are known for working extremely hard, they also known for spending quality time with their families. In fact they spend an equal amount of time engaging in recreational activities. There is a well respected work-life balance in New Zealand.
New Zealand is a beautiful country, with magnificent scenery. It offers a promising combination of everything you could ever ask for, sandy beaches, tranquil forests, mountains, rivers, lakes and much more. There are plenty of different parts of New Zealand to choose from, each of which offers it’s own fabulous advantages and scenery.
Visitors to New Zealand only get a small window of opportunity to explore all the wonderful places, however once you live in the country you will have unlimited amounts of time to visit and explore all the beautiful destinations that New Zealand has to offer.
Literally moving forward
New Zealand offers a wealth of opportunities and possibilities for you and your family. It is a country filled with many wonderful benefits. Families can enjoy a safe and relaxing life filled with health, happiness and success.
If you are seriously considering immigrating then you may want to look at New Zealand as a prospective country.
It is however essential to be aware of the factor that you are required to make use of a licensed immigration specialist by law.
Booking an assessment or finding out more
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200. Alternatively, send us an email.
More and more people from all over the world are migrating to New Zealand, but the question that needs to be asked is: are there jobs in New Zealand? If you are considering making the big move to New Zealand, the very first thing on most people’s minds is: “will I find a job in New Zealand?”.
Although there are never any guarantees and nobody can ever guarantee you a job, it is going to be worth your while to learn everything you can about the job market in New Zealand.
Here you will find some helpful information about jobs in New Zealand, in addition to the job market itself.
Is it a good time to be searching for jobs in New Zealand?
The truth is that New Zealand’s employment market has never been better. Now is definitely a good time to start searching for jobs in the country, especially if you have the right skills. Since the global crisis, New Zealand’s job market has been going from strength to strength and is continuing to do so.
There are in fact many openings for specialists in various industries as well as various jobs available for skilled workers.
Are there many people from abroad working in New Zealand?
Yes, there are many people from all over the world living and working in New Zealand at this current point in time. Skilled migration accumulates for a big portion of the immigrants who arrive in New Zealand. One of the many reasons for this is due to the factor that New Zealand has a strong desire to attract skilled migrants from all over the world.
The GDP of New Zealand would actually suffer greatly if it did not have the correct amount of skilled migrants. A three year target has been agreed to and the amount of skilled migrants, which New Zealand needs to attract, is currently 150.000.
How do I know if I qualify under the skilled migrant’s category?
Fortunately for many people New Zealand offers a skilled migrants visa. Anybody can obtain this visa provided that they meet the right set of criteria’s and requirements. The criteria’s and requirements which you will need to meet are judged by means of a point scoring assessment.
Learn more about the point scoring assessment for New Zealand
What influences employment opportunities in New Zealand?
All the major metropolitan areas in New Zealand are currently experiencing sufficient economic growth, one of the biggest areas this applies to is Auckland, which is one of the busiest metropolitan areas in the country. The agriculture sector is doing well after the drought that took place in 2013 and therefore skilled workers are in demand.
The demand for highly skilled workers is continuously increasing. In general unemployment is lower in the South Island regions of New Zealand as opposed to the North. This is all in addition to the Canterbury rebuild which is constantly improving, that has created a demand for people who work within the construction and related industries.
What skills are in demand in New Zealand?
The good news is that if you are fortunate enough to be offered a job in New Zealand, which happens to be on the skills shortage list and you have the experience in conjunction with the qualification to match, then obtaining a working visa will prove to be naturally easier.
The New Zealand government has identified and acknowledged that employers in the country are required to recruit employees from abroad in order to meet the demands and needs of the skill shortages.
Some of the many skills in demand include: education, health, finance and more. However it is important to understand there are distinct categories of skill shortages. For example, there are skills which cover long term shortages, others which cover immediate shortages and others which cover Canterbury shortages.
Be sure to take a look at the official skills shortage list for New Zealand.
What if my skills are not on the skills shortage list?
If your skills are not on the skills shortage list, do not despair as all hope is not lost. There are other avenues to explore and other ways to obtain a visa. For example, you could potentially be able to apply for residency as a skilled migrant.
Alternatively you may be able to apply for a work visa if you are successfully offered a job by a prospective employer who is unable to find local workers to fit the current job post.
What can I expect for the future of employment in New Zealand?
Although it is fairly impossible to accurately predict the future, the good news is that employment expectations for 2016 in New Zealand are looking very promising. Firstly the unemployment rate is expected to keep going down at a steady pace. By March 2016 it is safely estimated that unemployment in New Zealand will be falling below 5 percent.
There is a high expectation for skilled workers. In addition to lower skilled workers, it is predicted that there will be substantial demand in the food processing, accommodation, agriculture, construction and retailing industries.
It is further predicted that employment growth will be its strongest in the Auckland and Canterbury regions of the country.
If I want to work in New Zealand what should I do?
Even if you have a skill set which is in demand, it is important to be aware of the factor that this does not guarantee you employment in New Zealand. Although having a good skill set is a good place to start, it is still highly recommended that you obtain an assessment from a licensed New Zealand immigration advisor.
Obtaining an assessment is the best place to start because you will be able to see once and for all if you indeed qualify or not. The process of finding adequate employment can be deemed to have started from the moment that you conduct your first point based assessment.
Many people spend endless amounts of time and money making arrangements to move to New Zealand, prior to having an assessment done. In order to save money, time and energy it is always going to be fully worth your while to obtain an assessment by a fully licensed New Zealand immigration advisor.
Booking an assessment or finding out more:
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200. If you prefer, you could instead send us an email.
Picture a country which is safe and secure, green and peaceful. This particular country can offer you a better life for you and your family. Not only does this country welcome people from all over the world, but it also has an excellent education system, excellent health care and a stable government.
Yes you guessed it; this particular country is none other than the fabulous New Zealand.
Many people would answer “yes” to the question, when asked: “Do you want to move to New Zealand?”, however most people will not know the answer to the question:” Can I move to New Zealand?”
The truth is that wanting to move to New Zealand and being able to move to New Zealand may be two entirely different realities.
Can I move to New Zealand?
The truth is that nobody can tell you in advance that you will be able to move to New Zealand with certainty. To repeat, there is no immigration specialist in the world that will be able to tell you in advance that you definitely can move to New Zealand.
There is only one way to know if you can move to New Zealand, and that is by means of obtaining an assessment.
What are your assessment options?
With regard to obtaining as assessment for New Zealand, you will be faced with three options.
These options are: DIY assessments, making use of a licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand or making use of someone who is not licensed.
These options will be described to you in more detail
The option of doing it yourself may seem cheaper and easier; however this is not the case at all. Many people have actually missed out on the opportunity of a beautiful life in New Zealand just because they have attempted to do it all themselves.
The truth is that doing it yourself can result in making mistakes. When it comes to your assessment, it is important to give yourself the best chances possible of success. After all successful assessment results may mean that you have passed the first step in the process for New Zealand immigration.
Making even the smallest of mistakes can mean the difference between a wonderful future for you and your family or not. It is highly recommended to rather stay away from this option.
Making use of a licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand
This is a highly recommended option, as a licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand has the knowledge, expertise and practice having helped people just like you many times before.
Making use of a licensed immigration adviser can help you to improve your chances of success. They will also help to ensure that no mistakes are made and that everything is done perfectly in order to improve your chances.
A licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand will be able to offer you the support and guidance which you need. They will also be able to provide you with the best advice and assistance possible for your individual requirements and circumstances.
The problem with a DIY assessment is that you are dealing with a machine. A machine can make mistakes, in comparison to making use of a licensed immigration adviser for New Zealand who is a real person.
Dealing with an automated machine and filling in the form yourself will never be a reliable substitute for being able to sit down face to face with a real person who has studied specifically to help people just like you.
Making use of someone who is not licensed
This option should never even be considered. This option can unfortunately lead to you spending money, time and energy for nothing. Someone who is not licensed should never give you any immigration advice for New Zealand.
An opinion from somebody is not factual and can result in you missing out on a perfectly good opportunity of succeeding in your immigration to New Zealand.
The path forward to New Zealand
Should you be interested in the idea of moving to New Zealand, then it is going to be fully worth your while to deal exclusively with highly reputable professionals who specialise in immigration to New Zealand.
This should be your very first step in the process. A fully licensed and reputable New Zealand immigration adviser will be able to help you explore your different options and help you to determine if New Zealand is even an option for you and your family or not.
Booking an assessment with a licensed immigration adviser is the only way forward.
Booking an assessment or finding out more:
If you would like to find out more about our services or book an assessment with us simply call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200. Alternatively, send us an email.