If you’re reading this it means you have questions about New Zealand immigration points for skilled migration. We’re not surprised, really. Most people want to start by calculating their points, but few people understand how to do it.
Today, we’re going to break it down for you. We’ll explain:
- The purpose of the points system.
- Exactly what you get points for.
- Why you shouldn’t necessarily trust online immigration points calculators
The New Zealand immigration points system
The Skilled Migrant process includes four main steps:
- Determining your points score.
- Submitting an Expression of Interest.
- Receiving an Invitation to Apply.
- Applying for the Skilled Migrant visa.
You’ll only be able to submit an Expression of Interest if you score 100 points or more in your skills assessment. Then, once your Expression of Interest is in the pool, your points score will enable Immigration New Zealand (INZ) to decide whether or not you are a desirable candidate for a visa.
High points score = High desirability
Expressions of Interest are ranked using the points score. Those candidates with higher scores are seen as more desirable, as these candidates can offer New Zealand more. INZ will thus use the points scores to help them decide which candidates should get Invitations to Apply.
What do you get New Zealand immigration points for?
New Zealand immigration points are awarded for Age, Skilled Employment, Work Experience, and Qualifications in the following manner:
- 30 points: 20-39 years
- 20 points: 40-44 years
- 10 points: 45-49 years
- 5 points: 50-55 years
Please note if you are older than 55 years of age you will not qualify.
- 50 points: if you have an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand.
- 50 points: if you are currently employed in a skilled occupation in New Zealand.
- 10 points where you are:
- In an occupation in an area of absolute skills shortage, or
- Employed in work in a region outside Auckland
- 20 points if:
- Your income is more than twice the New Zealand median income.
- Your partner also has a skilled job or job offer.
Work experience in skilled employment
- 10 points: 2 years
- 20 points: 4 years
- 30 points: 6 years
- 40 points: 8 years
- 50 points: 10 years
Bonus points for work experience in New Zealand
- 10 points: 12 months or more
And if the work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage bonus points as follows:
- 10 points: 2 to 5 years
- 15 points: 6 or more years
- 40 points: recognised level 4-6 qualification (e.g. trade qualification, diploma) or Level 3 qualification on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment.
- 50 points: recognised level 7 or 8 qualification (e.g. bachelor degree, bachelor degree with honours)
- 70 points: recognised level 9 or 10 post-graduate qualification (master’s degree, doctorate)
Bonus points for qualifications
- 10 points for either:
- Two years full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised NZ bachelor degree.
- One year of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised NZ post-graduate qualification.
- 15 points: Two years of full-time study in New Zealand completing a recognised post-graduate NZ qualification.
- 10 points: Your partner holds a level 7-8 qualification.
- 20 points: Your partner holds a recognised post-graduate (level 9-10) qualification.
The danger of online calculators
We can’t discuss New Zealand immigration points without touching on online immigration points calculators.
Why is this?
Because these free online tools are often inaccurate, yet many people unfortunately pursue immigration based on the results of online assessments.
Here is the big issue with free online assessments:
More often than not it is a series of questions with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers. The problem with this is that emigration is a detailed and intricate environment. For example, you may have a qualification, but is it recognized in New Zealand? Online assessments will ask the former, but won’t determine the latter.
In other words, the results from free online assessments are no more than indicators of your eligibility. Your actual points score could, and most likely will, differ from the total you got online.
The only way to get an accurate immigration points score is…
It is with a comprehensive assessment done by a licensed immigration adviser who knows the New Zealand immigration act and who can ask the right questions – not just the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions.
Any other approach is likely to lead to wasted effort and money early in the immigration process.
If you’d like to speak an adviser, you are welcome to contact us. You can call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200 or book a free initial assessment with an adviser right away. This assessment will reveal any migration pathways open to you. Thereafter, should the signs be positive, you can choose to proceed with a comprehensive assessment.
Unless you’ve been in a country, it’s hard to tell where you’d like to live. That’s why we list the best places to live in New Zealand below.
You’ll find 10 cities on our list, but these are in no particular order. To help you narrow it down, we share:
- The size of each city – because some of us prefer smaller cities over bigger ones.
- The climate – to know what to expect from the weather.
- What or who the city is perfect for – so you can see if it’ll be the right fit for you.
Let’s dive straight into our list.
- South Island
- Population: ±15,800 (June 2018)
- Climate: Long, warm days in summer with cold winters and frequent snowfall
- Perfect for: Thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts.
Queenstown is known as New Zealand’s adventure capital. You can go hiking or biking in the summer and hit the slopes for snowboarding or skiing in the winter. The city and surrounds also offer opportunities for skydiving, jet boating, white water rafting, canyon swinging, zip lining, paragliding, and bungee jumping.
Queenstown keeps it balanced though with world-class restaurants, a cosmopolitan art scene, and exceptional vineyards. You’ll always find something to do!
- North Island
- Population: ±418,000 (June 2018)
- Climate: Generally moderate all-year round. Generally windy all year round with high rainfall.
- Perfect for: City dwellers who still prefer a slower lifestyle.
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital and one of the country’s most popular places to live. It offers a high quality of life, it’s easy to get around thanks to a great public transport system, and there is more than enough to do. Wellington boasts some of the best cafes, bars, and restaurants New Zealand has to offer as well as a buzzing nightlife and a lively music scene. Those who love the outdoors can head to the botanic gardens or one of the beaches and bays for walks and water sports.
It’s interesting to note that Wellington is not New Zealand’s most populated city, despite being the capital. In fact, it’s one of the smaller capital cities in the world, meaning it offers a much more relaxed lifestyle than most cities.
- North Island
- Population: ±1,628,900 (June 2018)
- Climate: Subtropical with warm humid summers and mild damp winters. Sunniest of New Zealand’s main centers and warmest.
- Perfect for: Professionals keen to advance their career.
Auckland is the number one choice for most immigrants, seeing as it’s widely considered to be New Zealand’s economic capital. The city offers plenty of job opportunities, career progression can happen quickly, and salaries are some of the highest in New Zealand. Of course, this means the cost of living is slightly higher than in other parts of the country, but Auckland is still a great place to live.
There is plenty to do in Auckland! The city has galleries and museums, top-class restaurants, parks and harbours, beaches and parks, and an extensive calendar of cultural events throughout the year.
You can really make the most of your evenings and weekends.
- North Island
- Population: ±63,900 (June 2018)
- Climate: Generally dry, warm climate.
- Perfect for: Wine and design connoisseurs
Napier is a coastal town on New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay region, an area that’s renowned for producing excellent wines. The city itself is especially known for its art deco landmarks, but it’s also famed for its beautiful coastline, fabulous bars and restaurants, and the tree-lined waterfront promenade.
The cost of living in Napier is much lower than in New Zealand’s bigger cities, making it an attractive option for immigrants. The city also has the added advantage of enjoying plenty of sunshine all year round, which makes for both pleasant summers and winters.
- South Island
- Population: ±404,500 (June 2018)
- Climate: Mild summers and cool winters. Regular moderate rainfalls. Common for temperatures to drop below 0C in winter. Snowfalls occur on average three times per year.
- Perfect for: Living life in a green city.
Christchurch is known as the Garden City due to its abundance of beautiful parks and pretty gardens. Of course, Christchurch is also known for the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, and the massive rebuilding initiatives since. It is the latter which is said to have created the incredible sense of community you’ll find in Christchurch.
Christchurch is heavily influenced by Maori culture and has a massive English community. It is also a city with plenty to see and do, from markets and festivals to restaurants and cafes. While Christchurch is not on the coast, some of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches are within driving distance.
- North Island
- Population: ±59,500 (June 2018)
- Climate: Mild temperate climate. Less wind than in many other places in New Zealand. Temperatures can drop below 0C in winter.
- Perfect for: Being close to all the best parts of New Zealand.
Rotorua is a tourist hotspot and an all-year-round destination thanks to its mild climate. It’s never too hold or too cold. Another reason for Rotorua’s popularity is its central location on the North Island. You’ll get to Auckland, Napier, the Coromandel Peninsula, Mt Maunganui, and Mt Ruapehu in just under three hours from Napier.
The icing on the cake? The fact that Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s most affordable cities to live in.
- North Island
- Population: ±141,600 (June 2018)
- Climate: Subtropical climate with high humidity.
- Perfect for: Enjoying that holiday feeling all year round.
Tauranga is a stunning waterfront city and one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations. The city has stunning beaches, a vibrant nightlife, and it’s within driving distance of places such as Taupo, Rotorua, and the Coromandel Peninsula.
Tauranga is also a busy port city, creating plenty of job opportunities. Despite the thriving economy, Tauranga is still reasonably affordable to live in.
8. New Plymouth
- North Island
- Population: ±58,300 (June 2018)
- Climate: Moist, temperate climate; Mild winters.
- Perfect for: Art and culture lovers.
New Plymouth, in New Zealand’s Taranaki region, has one of New Zealand’s best art scenes. There are lots of magnificent galleries and the city has a bohemian feel to it.
Many residents choose to walk or cycle to work, as commutes tend to be short. As a happy consequence, you’re unlikely to encounter the dread of being stuck in traffic in New Plymouth. This alone is enough to convince some to make their home here!
It should also be mentioned that Lonely Planet voted Mount Taranaki as one of their ‘Must Visit’ destinations of 2017. The region has breathtaking views, world-class surfing conditions, black sand beaches, and – of course – the majestic Mount Taranaki.
- South Island
- Population: ±122,000 (June 2018)
- Climate: Temperate climate; Mild summers and cool winters; Snowfall is common; relatively low rainfall in comparison to many of New Zealand’s cities.
- Perfect for: Music lovers and creatives.
Dunedin has Scottish heritage and Scottish influences are easily spotted in the city’s architecture. It’s fitting that Dunedin is home New Zealand’s only castle. Look up at the misty hills and you might even think you are in Scotland.
Dunedin is also distinctly New Zealand though with a vibrant music scene and a creative vibe. Venture a bit further out to the peninsula and you’ll find rare and unique wildlife.
Here’s something you might know about Dunedin – the city is extremely hilly, so much so that you’ll find the steepest street in the world in Dunedin (pictured above)!
- North Island
- Population: ±203,100 (June 2018)
- Weather: Highly moderate temperatures; very high humidity. Warm summers; cool and wet winters.
- Perfect for: Being close to all the best parts of New Zealand.
Hamilton is set on the banks of the Waikato River and only 90 minutes from Auckland. However, the cost of living in Hamilton is much more affordable than in Auckland. Just like Rotorua,
Hamilton is centrally located, which means you’re never too far from somewhere to go or something to see. In fact, the two cities are close to each other. Also within driving distance of Hamilton are Raglan, New Zealand’s surfing capital, Taupo, and the world-famous Waitomo Caves.
It’s no secret that emigrating is a massive undertaking. Even more so if you’re a family doing it!
However, most people entering the emigration process do not fully realise what lies ahead.
Is it worth it? Of course! You’re opening doors to new opportunities and a better life for your family.
But how do you prepare yourself for the emigration journey ahead? A good way to start is by reading the below.
There’s going to be a lot of admin
Many applicants are surprised by the amount of admin that’s involved in their application.
You have to gather the required documents, complete the necessary paperwork, do the applicable tests, and apply for professional registrations if your occupation asks for it.
Everything has to happen at the right time too and it also has to happen in a way or format that meets Immigration New Zealand’s requirements.
The good news
Our immigration advisers guide you every step of the way. You’ll know exactly what’s required of you and when it is required. Our team even go as far as booking English tests for you, leaving you with more time to focus on the other parts of your emigration.
You might not be able to emigrate as quickly as you’d like
If you’re like the average person who wants to emigrate, you basically want to do it immediately. You can’t wait to pack your bags and get on that aeroplane. And who can blame you? New Zealand is a dream destination.
Unfortunately your emigration might not always happen as quickly as you’d hope. Sometimes, for instance, Immigration New Zealand could take a bit longer to process a visa because there has been a high volume of applications.
The good news
You can rest assured that we always compile your application as quickly as possible. And while we cannot influence Immigration New Zealand’s process or decision in any way, we do undertake to ensure that you’re never left in the dark about what’s happening with your application.
Emigration is not cheap
There are a lot of costs to consider when emigrating, from paying the movers to putting down a deposit on a place to stay or importing your pet. You’ll also have to pay government fees and you might need to pay for English tests and registrations too.
The good news
Here’s what you don’t want to do – part with any money without knowing if you’re eligible for emigration. This is why we offer a free initial assessment. This assessment tells you whether or not you do qualify for emigration, which means you only proceed if you are eligible. You won’t spend money on parts of an emigration that’s unlikely to succeed.
Emigration is not for the faint-hearted
It is almost guaranteed that your stress and anxiety levels will rise during the application process. Mostly because it’s an unfamiliar process and because it’s such an important step in your life.
The good news
Our advisers will see to it that don’t have to go through it alone. Our team will always ensure that your stress and anxiety is kept to a minimum by seeing to it that all requirements are met and by giving you realistic timelines and expectations.
Here’s what some of our recent clients had to say:
Just a quick thank you for the work you’ve done behind the scenes to help Antoinette. I’m sure that it took a considerable amount of time and effort and I’m glad she has safely arrived in NZ before she was due to start.
Just a note to say thank you for seeing me this morning on a personal level. I would just like to compliment you on your stunning friendly and polite disposition and the manner in which you conducted our meeting – you really made me feel welcome and your product knowledge is incredible. Thank you for the valuable information you gave me and I will definitely be in touch to chat again to finalize a few things. Your patience level is outstanding.
I will have no problem with recommending you wherever I go.
Thanks again so much.
Dear Sarah & Robyn,
I just would like to thank you for all your assistance and support with the process of getting our visas approved.
I recommend your work to anyone with great praise and respect. Without your assistance Lizanne and I would have been stranded and would not have known where to start.
You are the most enthusiastic and driven team I have come across in a long time with your passion, dedication and the willingness to assist where possible.
My wife and I cannot thank you enough.
~ Barend Swanepoel
Ready to make your emigration easier?
If you are, please book an initial assessment with us. This initial assessment is free and non-obligatory. Following the outcome, you’ll know if you’re eligible to immigrate to New Zealand.
From this point, our immigration advisers will guide you through the application process, providing support and knowledge every step of the way.
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 only 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.
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. Our recommendation is to submit your EOI online as it’s cheaper than submitting a paper-based EOI.
Keep in mind also that registered immigration advisors may charge you an additional fee to submit your EOI.
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 the average 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?
The best place to start is an immigration assessment. Our initial assessment is free and non-obligatory. You can book it online right now.
Once this assessment is done you’ll know if any migration pathways are open to you. Our consultants will discuss your options and the best way forward.
You have nothing to lose, so what are you waiting for?
The New Zealand Government has set themselves a goal for the start of 2019 – to recruit 400 teachers from overseas to fill shortages in schools.
Why has the Government set themselves this goal?
New Zealand is struggling with severe teacher shortages, hence the goal set for 2019.
These shortages, as reported in the New Zealand Herald, are due to ‘a slump in domestic teacher trainees, exacerbated in Auckland by high housing costs which are driving many teachers out of the city.’
School principals are welcoming the initiative, but some will keep a keen eye on developments, as not everyone is confident that recruiting from overseas will be enough to fill all the gaps.
Teachers required across the board
The Government wants to recruit both primary and secondary school teachers, as teachers are in desperate need at all levels. The focus is not only on attracting overseas-trained teachers, but also on bringing New Zealand teachers home.
Eligible teachers may receive an Overseas Relocation Grant
New Zealand has established an Overseas Relocation Grant (ORG) that supports teachers with the costs of relocating to New Zealand. Nearly 200 teachers have already been approved for an ORG.
How does the ORG work?
The ORG was established to assist teachers who commence teaching in New Zealand from 13 December 2017 to 30 June 2019.
The New Zealand government approves a maximum of 100 grants per financial year. This means 100 grants for the period 13 December 2017 to 30 June 2018, and a further 100 grants from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019.
The ORG will:
- Reimburse actual and reasonable expenses up to a minimum of NZ$7,000 for each New Zealand-trained teacher and up to a maximum of NZ$5,000 for each overseas-trained teacher.
- Be non-taxable. This has been confirmed by Inland Revenue.
Who are eligible?
To be eligible for the Overseas Relocation Grant, you’ll have to meet the following criteria:
- Be registered and certified by the Education Council of New Zealand.
- Be employed in a full-time position that is either permanent or fixed term (of at least 12 months).
- Has never received an ORG or has received an ORG only once in a 5-year period.
- Did not teach in New Zealand between 13 December 2016 and 12 December 2017.
- Commenced employment on or after 13 December 2017, and up to 30 June 2019.
- Is employed to teach in a state or state-integrated school.
To receive payment, you must do the following:
- Apply for the grant within three months of commencing employment. The school must provide evidence of this. The Government will consider applications received after three months on a case-by-case basis.
- Provide proof of expenditure of all actual and reasonable relocation costs. The specific amount of the grant will be based on this evidence.
Once all the requirement is met, 50% of the grant will be deposited into the nominated account after 10 weeks of teaching. The final 50% is deposited after 30 weeks of teaching.
Read more about the grant here.
Take the first step
If you are a teacher and you’d like to take advantage of this opportunity, the first step is finding out if you qualify for emigration to New Zealand.
You can take this first step right here by booking an initial assessment with us. This initial assessment will reveal if you’re eligible for New Zealand and which visa you may qualify for.
Our initial assessment is also free of charge and non-obligatory. Book it now.
The new school year is almost upon us, and only 100 grants are issued per financial year, so don’t wait until it’s too late.
The most important requirement to meet to directly import your cat or dog is to be from an approved country.
There is much more to know though. Below we’ll cover it all and give you links to detailed information:
- Approved countries
- The requirements
The costs involved
- Using a professional pet importer
At the start of this article that pets must come from approved countries. But what countries are approved and what does ‘approved’ mean?
To appear on New Zealand’s approved list of countries for pet import, a country has to be rabies free or rabies controlled. These countries are divided into three categories to indicate the permit, post-arrival inspection and quarantine requirements for each.
- Category 1: Australia and Norfolk Island. If you’re importing your pet from here, a permit and quarantine stay are not required and neither are post-arrival inspections in certain cases.
- Category 2 and 3: Permits are required if importing your pet from a category 2 or 3 country. Post-arrival inspections are also required, as is quarantine.
Should the country you’re importing from not appear on any of these lists, your pet won’t be allowed into New Zealand until it has spent 6 months in an approved country and you can provide a vet certificate.
You can download a document with the breakdown of all approved countries here.
New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has published a step-by-step process for importing cats and dogs. This article includes a summary of the requirements, which is as follows:
Ensure your cat or dog is eligible for import into New Zealand. Checking if you’re from an approved country is the best place to start.
- Ensure your dog is not a prohibited breed or type.
- Note the restrictions around hybrid breeds.
- Book an MPI-approved quarantine facility. This applies to all cats and dogs, except those from Australia.
- Apply for a permit to import from the MPI at least 20 working days before you’ll need the permit. Again, this does not apply to cats and dogs from Australia.
- Ensure all of the import requirements have been met.
- Notify an official veterinarian in New Zealand:
- At least 5 working days before arrival for cats and dogs from Australia.
- At least 72 hours before arrival for cats and dogs from all other approved countries.
- Declare any medication your animal is taking.
The costs involved
Taking pets to New Zealand is not necessarily cheap. You’ll have to pay for permits, inspections, and other costs as needed, for example quarantine fees.
The MPI lists some fees and charges you can expect to pay here. Don’t forget transport costs!
As explained, pets from Australia don’t have to stay in quarantine. Pets from all other approved countries have to stay in quarantine for a minimum of 10 days.
Please note that all cats and dogs must land in Auckland or Christchurch first. All other cats and dogs must be transferred to a quarantine facility.
Using a professional pet importer
The best piece of advice we can give you is to use a professional pet importer to get your pet to New Zealand successfully and safely.
In fact, most airline require that you use one when taking pets to New Zealand to ensure you’ve followed all the rules.
Professional pet exporters offers a wide range of services like arranging test, treatments, flights, permits, shipping crates and taking care of other requirements.
Please note: Intergate Emigration has not dealt with any of these providers. As such, this recommendation is not an official endorsement or guarantee of the services provided.
If you’re bringing a cat or dog from Australia, you don’t need a permit. However, you do need a permit if your pet is coming from an approved country.
When you come from any other country, your pet will only be able allowed into New Zealand after it has spent 6 months in an approved country.
To get through all the requirements without a hitch and get your furry family member into New Zealand safely, strongly consider using a professional pet importer.
For any other immigration advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.
It’s almost guaranteed that you’ve come across the phrase ‘New Zealand skills shortage list’ in your emigration research.
But what is it? And what role does it play in your emigration? These are the types of questions we’d like to answer for you today.
What is the New Zealand skill shortage list?
The first thing you should know is that there are three skill shortage lists, not just one:
- Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL)
- Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL)
- Canterbury Skills Shortage List (CSSL)
Each of these lists is based on occupations experiencing a shortage of skilled workers in New Zealand.
What role does the skill shortage lists play in my emigration?
We’ll let Immigration New Zealand explain: “If you’re offered a job that’s on one of the lists, and you’ve got the qualifications and experience to match, getting a work or residence visa may be easier.”
The 3 skills shortage lists
As explained, there are three skills shortage lists. Each list offers the opportunity to qualify for a certain visa or visas.
1. Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL)
The Long Term Skills Shortage List identifies occupations where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers throughout New Zealand as well as the world.
Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa:
If you get a job in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the list requirements, you are eligible for a work to Residence visa under the Long Term Skills Shortage List work visa. This visa is a pathway to residency which means you’ll be eligible for residency after two years. This is provided you:
- Meet the standard requirements; and
- You’re earning a base salary of at least NZ$45,000.
2. Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL)
The Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL) includes occupations where skilled workers are needed in New Zealand immediately. This is because there are no New Zealand citizens or residents to fill the position.
Essential Skills work visa:
If you get a full-time job in an occupation on the ISSL and meet the list requirements, you’ll be eligible for an Essential Skills work visa. This visa enables you to work in New Zealand temporarily.
You may not necessarily be able to apply for residency.
3. Canterbury Skills Shortage List (CSSL)
The Canterbury Skills Shortage List contains occupations in critical shortage in the Canterbury area. These shortages are due to the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The CSSL draws on the Immediate and Long Term Skills Shortage Lists relevant to the Canterbury rebuild.
Essential Skills work visa:
If you get a job in Canterbury and your skills appear on the CSSL, you’ll be eligible for an Essential Skills work visa. If the occupation is also on the LTSSL, you may also be eligible for New Zealand residency.
How does Immigration New Zealand decide on the occupations on these lists?
New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) reviews the ISSL and LTSSL on an annual basis. During this review, the MBIE decide if any occupations should be:
- Added or removed from a list; or
- Moved to another list.
The Canterbury Skill Shortage List is reviewed three times a year, as changes in skill shortages happen more regularly in this region.
One other list to know
Immigration New Zealand also publishes a List of Skilled Occupations. While there are no shortages of skilled workers in these occupations, New Zealand has identified these occupations as desirable.
Skilled Migrant Category:
If your occupation is defined as ‘skilled’, you may be eligible for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category. This is a points-based visa that considers factors such as:
- Work experience;
- Qualifications; and
- An offer of employment.
You must also meet certain remuneration thresholds to be classified as a Skilled Migrant. You need to be either:
- ANZSCO level 1 – 3 and paid NZ$24.29 or more per hour; or
- ANZSCO level 4 – 5 and paid NZ$36.44 or more per hour.
What if your occupation is not a skills shortage list?
It is not necessarily the end of the road if your occupation does not appear on a New Zealand skilled shortage list. You may still be eligible for one of New Zealand’s visas.
The best way to find out which visa you may be eligible for is by means of an immigration assessment. An immigration assessment will reveal any migration pathways open to you.
Our initial assessment is free and non-obligatory. You can book it online, right now.
Once you’ve booked your assessment, one of our advisers will be in touch to complete the assessment and discuss the best way forward.
The Accredited Employer Work Visa is a route to residency for eligible candidates. The key? Securing a job at an approved employer.
What is the Accredited Employer Work Visa?
The Accredited Employer Work Visa is officially known as the Talent (Accredit Employers) Work Visa. It’s a route to residency and valid for up to 30 months. You’ll be eligible to apply for residence after working in New Zealand for an accredited employer for two years.
What does ‘accredited employer’ mean?
An ‘accredited employer’ is a New Zealand employer who:
- Needs skilled or talented workers from overseas; and
- Has been pre-approved by Immigration New Zealand to hire foreigners.
It’s a win-win situation
Once accredited, the employer doesn’t have to provide supporting information for each and every visa application. This simplifies the process of employing a foreigner significantly.
You also benefit, because the employer actively seeks migrants. Not only that, the employer also understands the intricacies and timelines of immigration. You’ll have much less convincing to do.
Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa requirements
The first step to working for an accredited employer is having the skills and qualifications the company needs. Then, of course, you’ll have to meet the requirements for this visa, as set out by Immigration New Zealand.
The main requirements are that you:
- Must be under the age of 55.
- Have a job offer from an accredited employer, which has to be for:
- Full-time work; and
- More than 2 years; and
- You must earn at least NZD55,000 a year (before tax).
- Work in the specific occupation and for the specific accredited employer detailed in the job offer that was the basis of your work visa application.
- Must have full provisional registration, if it’s needed to work in your occupation in New Zealand.
Is there an accredited employers list?
Yes, there is an accredited employers list for New Zealand. It can be found on Immigration New Zealand’s website. You can either search by industry sector or simply scroll through the list to find an employer.
Need advice on the Accredit Employer Work Visa?
If you’d like us to advise on you on the Accredited Employer Work Visa, you’re welcome to email us or call us on +27 (0) 21 202 8200. Our advisers can also tell you more about the emigration process and how we can help you with any visa applications.