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A Complete Guide for Skilled Worker Application New Zealand Immigration

A Complete Guide for Skilled Worker Application New Zealand Immigration


The land of the long white cloud, New Zealand is known for its breathtaking landscapes to mesmerizing blue lakes, but it ain't fair if you do not know about its skilled worker visa policy.


The 'Skilled Migrant Category' is a type of grant for skilled workers who possess skills needed in New Zealand that could help you settle down and contribute ultimately to the country.


Skilled Worker Visa


A work visa in New Zealand is usually for a specific time frame. A work visa can be provided on shore and offshore where it would share travel conditions (if it is a single entry or multiple entry). A work visa is provided with the help of the employer who wants you to work in their organization/business. The Immigration Department of New Zealand gives global talents local opportunities to work and settle down in New Zealand with reliability, ease, and flexibility.


The visa process starts with a two-step process where you submit the Expression Of Interest (EOI), in the form of a very long questionnaire - based on your age, work experience, qualifications and the offer of a job. This is required to assess the suitability and requirement. We as one of your reliable New Zealand immigration consultants would guide you through each step in the process and ensure you not only meet the requirements but can also prove your claims with acceptable supporting information.


How do I get a Skilled Migrant Visa?


It's a points-based system wherein criteria like age, qualifications, work experience, or a job offer in New Zealand matters. This starts with an EOI. Once it is accepted, the candidate will be selected for Invited To Apply (ITA) for residence. Once they are eligible to obtain at least 160 points, and satisfy the mandatory health and character requirements - they are given the green signal for skilled worker visa application.


How it works

  • Self assess your skills and check if you can meet the requirements.
  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) online after which you can refer to the fees and offices by contacting us.
  • If you are selected, you would receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA).
  • Next, you can submit a resident application.
  • You will then receive your visa to have a resident visa.

How long does it take?


Usually a prioritized visa process takes about 4-7 months but it may vary over time and other external factors. A non-prioritised application would take 10-18 months.



  • The skilled worker must work for a UK employer approved by the Home Office, and must possess a 'certificate of sponsorship' from your employer.
  • Must possess a skill/talent from the list of eligible occupations.
  • The minimum salary eligibility must be met based on the type of work you do.
  • Must have a confirmed job offer before applying for a visa.
  • Knowledge of English must be proved by either passing a Secure English Language Test (SELT) from an approved provider, or having a GCSE, level 4 or 5, or having a degree-level academic qualification that was taught in English.

How much it costs  

Charges for dependents will be applicable for application fee (from £610 to £1,408 depending on your circumstances), healthcare surcharge for each year of your stay(usually £624 per year). You will also have to prove that you have enough personal savings you'll usually need to have at least £1,270 available (unless you're exempt).


If the job is on a shortage occupation list, you'll be paying a lower application fee.


You'll also need to prove you can have financial assistance of £1,270 if your employer cannot cover these costs.


Application fees


If you're applying from outside the UK, the normal standard of fees is £610 up to 3 years and £1,220 for more than 3 years, per person.


Healthcare surcharge


The healthcare surcharge fee for each year of your stay is usually £624 per year.


Self-financial assistance


Must have at least £1,270 to show that you can support yourself in the UK.


To avoid showing proof for financial assistance, your employer must support you instead. The certificate of sponsorship from the employer will suffice in this condition.


Our service includes

  • We will be your adviser for New Zealand immigration in India who will be managing everything required for the entire process, taking off the stress on your shoulders.
  • We help you find potential employers for your skill and will also help you apply for those roles.
  • All your temporary visa applications will be processed step by step by hand holding through the entire process.
  • All documents submission including CV writing/resume/SOPs/LORs and so on will be reviewed by us.
  • Settlement support and help will be provided.

For queries or visa assistance, you can contact us.

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