To qualify to be a skilled migrant, you need to have good health, good character,
a reasonable standard of English and be no older than 55 years of age. You will
also need to meet the threshold of 100 points to register an Express of Interest
(EOI) in applying for residence in New Zealand.
Points are gained for skilled employment in New Zealand, work experience, qualification
and age. Bonus points are available for employment, work experience and qualifications
in identified areas of growth or absolute skill shortage areas. Bonus points are
also available for employment outside Auckland and for recognised New Zealand qualifications
gained in New Zealand. Your partner’s employment and qualifications and your close
family support in New Zealand can also gain bonus points. For more detailed information
on skilled migration to New Zealand, visit the work stream.
In summary, students who have completed recognised qualifications in New Zealand
have the following advantages when applying to be a skilled migrant when compared
with other students.
They are eligible for Qualification Bonus Points.
They are eligible to apply for a six-month open work permit after graduation and
once they have secured relevant employment they can then apply for either a post-study
two-year work permit or proceed directly to apply under the Skilled Migrant Category.