What is a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa?
The Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (SMC) is a direct pathway to residency for highly skilled individuals. This includes those with professional registrations requiring extensive training, doctorate holders, or individuals earning significantly above the median wage. The visa’s aim is to meet medium-to long-term skill needs that are challenging to fulfill domestically.
The New Zealand government has revised the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa with an uncapped, 6-point system designed to streamline the process for skilled migrants.
Effective from October 2023, this system replaces the previous settings, focusing on a clear skills threshold for applicants.
What is the New SMC Points System?
The New Zealand government introduced an uncapped, 6-point system
for the SMC visa in October 2023. This change simplifies the visa process, offering a clear and straightforward path to residency for eligible
With this visa you can:
- Apply for residency if you possess high-level skills or qualifications.
- Have a simplified and more transparent application process.
- Benefit from a range of criteria to meet the 6-point threshold.
To be eligible for this type of visa, you must:
- Attain at least 6 points based on income, qualifications, or occupational registration.
- Meet the standard eligibility requirements for health, character, and English proficiency.
- Be aware of annual median wage updates which may affect eligibility from February 2024 onwards.
Discuss this residence pathway with our visa specialists today.
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 visa for your time in New Zealand a lot easier for you.
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.
If you want to live and work in New Zealand there are a wide range of options available to you but it’s important that you choose the right option. Mistakes can be costly and time consuming. That’s what we’re here to help you with.
We can assess your situation and application details to ensure you’re submitting the correct information, that you meet the requirements of the skilled migrant category resident visa, as well as ensuring it is the right visa option for you.
We understand immigration matters are overwhelming and stressful, so we’re here to take the hassle out of the process for you.
Why Choose IC Legal for New Zealand Immigration matters?
Here’s why people choose IC Legal 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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