What is the New Zealand Expression of Interest?

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new zealand expression of interestThere 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:

  • Health
  • Character
  • Age
  • 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:

Step 1:

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.

Step 2:

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.

Step 3:

If you’ve scored enough points, you’ll now submit your Expression of Interest.

Step 4: 

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 other visa options that allow you to work in New Zealand.

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) 21 202 8200 or book a consultation call.

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