18 December 2009
New Zealand skilled migrant additional selection criteria maintained
New Zealand Immigration has announced the setting of the additional criteria for selecting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from the Skilled Migrant Category Pool, which will remain until 31 July 2010.
The Skilled Migration category is core to the New Zealand Immigration strategy, and offers individuals the opportunity to emigrate to New Zealand by helping boost the New Zealand skilled workforce.
The additional criteria are applied when there are places available in the pool after all applicants who score between 100 and 140 points and have a New Zealand job or job offer have been selected, and are set by the Minister of Immigration every six months.
The additional selection criteria valid until 31 July 2010 are:
- EOIs that include 15 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total);
- EOIs that include 10 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total);
- EOIs that include 10 points for a qualification in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total); THEN
- The points total of EOIs not meeting any of the above criteria.
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