Skilled Migrant Category (SMC)Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) is designed to attract persons with managerial, professional and technical skills to New Zealand. SMC is a point’s based system. Points are allocated for age, qualifications, work experience, job offer etc. The application process is two-fold: lodging of an expression of interest (EOI) (first stage) and if invited by Immigration to apply for residence (ITA), filing of the residence application (second stage).
Only one application is required for the whole family. Family means your spouse and children. Your parents cannot be included in the application. You need to meet certain other requirements including minimum standards of English, acceptable standards of health and character requirements. If you have medical issues, you need a medical waiver to be accepted. Similarly, if you have convictions, to succeed a character waiver is required.
If you submit an expression of interest for 100 points and less than 140 without a job offer your EOI will wait in the pool until either your situation changes or it lapses after 6 months with no change.
When you submit an application for residency on 140 points or more without a job offer there are three possible outcomes:
- Your application can be declined
- You can be granted outright residency (very rare) OR
- Most likely you will be granted a 9-month temporary job search visa to come to New Zealand and find work. Your permanent visa application would be put on hold. Once you have received minimum 3 months job evidence in your nominated occupation, you can apply for permanent visa.