There are many parts to Skilled Migrant visa application. One of these parts is the New Zealand Expression of Interest. Continue reading to find out what it is and where it fits into the process.
What is the Expression of Interest?
The Expression of Interest is the manner in which an applicant indicates their interest in applying for a Skilled Migrant visa.
What is the New Zealand Expression of Interest made up of?
Your EOI’s purpose is to indicate your suitability for a Skilled Migrant visa to INZ. For this reason, your EOI will include information relating to your:
- English language ability
Your EOI will also include information on the factors that’ll earn you points on your assessment.
Where does the EOI fit into the Skilled Migrant application process?
The EOI is the third step in your Skilled Migrant visa application:
The first step is making sure that you meet the basic requirements:
- You’re 55 or younger.
- You’re of good health.
- You meet New Zealand’s character requirements.
- You meet the English language standards for the Skilled Migrant visa.
The second step is doing a points-based assessment. You’ll have to score 100 points or more to move ahead with the application process.
If you’ve scored enough points, you’ll now submit your Expression of Interest.
Invitation to Apply, if you’re EOI was successful.
What happens after the EOI is submitted?
One of two things can happen once you’ve submitted your EOI:
- Your score is 160 or more: Your EOI is accepted and you receive an Invitation to Apply for a Skilled Migrant visa.
- Your score between 100 and 159 points: Your EOI is accepted, but you’ll have secure a job offer in order to receive an Invitation to Apply.
Of course, if your EOI does not meet the criteria, it won’t be accepted and you won’t receive an Invitation to Apply. In this case, you’ll have to consider an Essential Skills Work Visa.
Are there fees involved in the EOI?
Submitting an Expression of Interest does incur a fee from Immigration New Zealand. You can view the tariffs here. Keep in mind also that registered immigration advisors may charge you an additional fee to submit your EOI.
How long does my EOI stay in the pool?
An EOI is valid for 6 months. If you have not been selected from the pool of applicants in this time then you will need to reapply.
Do you have more questions?
Please feel free to contact us should you have any other questions about the New Zealand Expression of Interest. You can either call us on +27 (0) 11 123 4274 or +27 (0) 21 424 2460 or email us.
When naming the benefits of emigration to New Zealand, you quickly have a long list!
There almost seems to be no downside to living in the Land of the Long Cloud. It’s safe, it’s friendly and it’s beautiful.
That’s just the start though. Let’s explore the reasons that would motivate any family to immigrate to New Zealand:
Better work-life balance
New Zealanders believe that ‘life is for living’. The proof of this can be found in the fact that New Zealand ranked at the number 2 spot for work-life balance in the 2018 Expat Explorer Survey.
What this means for you is a more relaxed lifestyle with less unnecessary stress. You’ll have time to explore all that New Zealand has to offer and have the opportunity to spend quality time with your family on a daily basis.
Stunning scenery everywhere you look
It’s impossible to discuss the benefits of emigration to New Zealand without mentioning the natural scenery. In New Zealand you can find lush forests, towering mountains, unspoilt beaches, and crystal-clear lakes. The scenes are straight from a postcard!
New Zealanders are renowned for being outgoing and friendly. Many expats are surprised to still find people greeting you on the street, which is a delightful change from just about anywhere else in the world.
One of the safest places in the world
In fact, New Zealand is the second safest country in the world. New Zealand ranked at number 2 in the 2018 Global Peace Index. This spot puts it ahead of countries such as Austria, Portugal and Denmark, which came in at numbers 3 to 5. The number one spot went to Iceland for the 10th year running.
The least corrupt country in the world
New Zealand was ranked first on the 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index. This index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people. A scale of 0 to 100 is used, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. New Zealand managed to achieve a score of 89.
World-class education for children
Your children will receive a fantastic education in New Zealand. Here students enjoy focused, personal attention from teachers, with learning being a balance of practical and theoretical learning.
Classrooms are equipped with computers, internet and other technology. Schools also have plenty of room for outdoor play and sport. Cultural activities are also catered for.
In 2015, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) reviewed the reading ability, maths skills and science levels of school children from around the world. The average student in New Zealand scored 506 in reading literacy, maths and sciences, which was above the OECD average of 486.
Superior standards of living
New Zealand cities consistently scores high in Mercer’s annual Quality of Living Survey. In 2018, Auckland and Wellington were the 3rd and 15th best cities in the worlds for quality of living.
New Zealand’s performance is attributed mainly to its natural environment and great climate, stable political and social environment, and good medical and health services.
Second-best global destination for expats
New Zealand continues to rank high on global indexes. This time it’s the 2018 Expat Explorer Survey where New Zealand achieved the second spot on the league table. This means New Zealand is the second best country in the world for expats – as voted by expats.
Expats are quizzed on their experiences in their new country using three themes – experience, economics and family. Experience includes criteria such as healthcare and integration, while economics and family respectively includes criteria such as personal finances and job security, and social life and school quality.
Children have the freedom to be children
Children can enjoy the great outdoors, explore to their heart’s content and walk to school in New Zealand. This is one of the greatest benefits about emigration to New Zealand!
Here’s is Sam and Katy Smith’s story, who chose to raise their children in New Zealand:
Ready to experience the benefits of emigration to New Zealand for yourself?
Book a consultation call with our licensed advisor! You’ll get a short questionnaire and submit critical documents that’ll enable our advisor to assess your visa eligibility. Once the assessment is done, you’ll speak with our advisor to discuss your visa options and the best way forward.