What is a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa?
The Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, also known as SMC visa, provides those eligible with a direct pathway to residency in New Zealand.
The aim of this type of visa is to help stimulate the economic growth of New Zealand, while also providing people from other countries the opportunity to put their skills and qualifications to use as they explore life in New Zealand.
You do not apply for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, instead you send an Expression of Interest to Immigration New Zealand, where you demonstrate how you meet the eligibility criteria which is a “points-based” system. If you meet the points criteria, your application will be selected from a pool, and you will be invited to apply for your skilled migrant category resident visa.
Skilled Migrant Category Visa Allowances and Requirements
With a skilled migrant category visa, you have a number of options available to you.
With this visa you can:
- Live, work and study in New Zealand.
- Stay indefinitely.
- Include your partner and children who are dependent, in your application for residence.
To be eligible for this visa, you must:
- Possess skills, experience and qualifications for an occupation that is listed on the Australian and New Zealand Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
- You must be aged 55 years or younger.
- You must not be self-employed.
- You must meet the required number of points for Expressions of Interest selection.
How do you obtain a Skilled Migrant Resident Visa?
Obtaining a skilled migrant category resident visa in New Zealand is a two-stage process where you must first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Immigration New Zealand. Your EOI should include information including the points your skills, qualifications and health can help you to acquire through the points-based system.
For your EOI to be selected from the pool it must meet a minimum number of points – as of October 9th, 2023, the number of points required by the New Zealand government is 6. (The points system was updated in October 2023, where the previous system required applicants to acquire 180 points).
Once your EOI has been selected, the next stage commences and this is where you will be invited to submit an application for the Skilled Migrant Visa where you can provide more information regarding your eligibility for this type of visa.
How Immigration Chambers Can Help
Immigration law can be complex and overwhelming, but here at Immigration Chambers, we’re here to make understanding your options and securing the right New Zealand visa for you a lot easier.
Our team of immigration specialists include accredited immigration lawyers and licensed immigration advisers who are not only vastly experienced in all manner of immigration law matters but are also well versed in the latest immigration laws and restrictions for New Zealand.
When you’re looking to come to New Zealand on a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, we can help you by ensuring you do have the right qualifications and skills that allow you to submit and EOI, we can also help to ensure that you have provided all of the right information and avoid making costly mistakes.
We can also help to ensure that this is the right visa option for you. There are lots of different options that makes immigrating to New Zealand possible, so we will listen to you to understand your situation – making sure you achieve the right visa for you.
Why Choose Immigration Chambers for New Zealand Immigration matters?
Here’s why people choose Immigration Chambers for assistance with immigration and visas for New Zealand:
We make the process easier
Immigration and visa matters are often complex but we’re here to take the stress and confusion out of the process and ensure that you have the right information for your situation.
Our team is made up of qualified immigration experts – both immigration lawyers and immigration advisers. Our knowledge is up-to-date and accurate.
We pride ourselves on being able to advise businesses and individuals on all aspects of immigration law and ensure that our advice leads to successful outcomes.
We will always keep you up to date with the latest news and any changes to policies and laws that could impact your visa application.
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