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Emigration to New Zealand: Point System

The Point System allows for Expressions of Interest to be ranked so applicants who have the most to offer can be extended an invitation for emigration to New Zealand.

Points are offered based on:

Bonus points may also be awarded to applicants if they meet certain criteria, as set out below.

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Skilled Employment

Skilled Employment
Skilled employment Points
Current skilled employment in New Zealand for 12 months or more 60
Offer of skilled employment in New Zealand or current employment in New Zealand for less than 12 months 50

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Employment or an Employment Offer

Employment or Employment Offer
Employment/employment offer in Points
An identified future growth area 10
An area of absolute skills shortage 10
Region outside Auckland 10
Spouse/partner employment or offer of employment 20

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Work Experience

Work Experience
Work experience Points
2 years 10
4 years 15
6 years 20
8 years 25
10 years 30

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Bonus Points for Work Experience

You can obtain bonus points for work experience in New Zealand, as well as work experience undertaken in a future growth area or in an area of New Zealand where there is a skills shortage.

New Zealand Work Experience
NZ work experience Points
1 year 5
2 years 10
3 years or more 15
Future Growth Area
Work experience in a NZ future growth area Points
2 to 5 years 10
6 years or more 15
Absolute Skill Shortage Area
Work experience in a NZ area of absolute skill shortage Points
2 to 5 years 10
6 years or more 15

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Qualifications

Qualifications
Qualifications Points
Recognised basic qualifications (for example trade qualifications, diploma, bachelor degree, degree with Honours) 50
Recognised post-graduate qualification (Masters degree, Doctorate) 55
Bonus Points
Qualification Points
2 years of full time study in New Zealand towards a recognised qualification 5
Recognised New Zealand qualification (and at least 2 years study in New Zealand) 5
Recognised post-graduate New Zealand Qualification (Masters, PHD) 10
Qualification in an area of absolute skills shortage 10
Qualification in an identified future growth area 10
Spouse/partner qualifications 20

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Close Family in New Zealand

Close Family in New Zealand
Close family in NZ Points
Close family in New Zealand 10

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Age

Age
Age Points
20-29 30
30-39 25
40-44 20
45-49 10
50-55 5

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The higher the score in the Point System, the more likely it is you will be chosen for an invitation for emigration to New Zealand.