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New Zealand is rapidly becoming one of the most popular global immigration destinations. In fact, the country has reached a record high in in new migrants and working visa approvals. Unfortunately, no destination in the world is equipped with unlimited amounts of space which is why the New Zealand government is aiming to reduce the influx of immigrants over the next 2 years. Changes to the Skilled Migrant Category and the Parent Category within the New Zealand Residence Programme have already been set in motion – something worth noting if this country is on your bucket list.

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How the Points-Based System Works

To apply for a visa under the  Skilled Migrant Category you must first put in an Expression of Interest (EOI) to Immigration New Zealand. You are able to obtain points for various factors including educational qualifications, work experience, age, health, character, and grasp of the English Language. The country’s immigration office holds a fortnightly draw selecting EOIs who have acquired enough points for the entry requirements.

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Changes that Have Been Implemented

  • The minimum points threshold has increased from 140 to 160.

  • Under the Skilled Migrant Category applicants must have an overall score of 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

As an alternative to the IELTS, applicants can present the following proof of language proficiency:

  • Any person with citizenship in Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the UK, or USA must have spent at least five years in work or education in one or more of those countries or Australia or New Zealand

  • A recognized qualification comparable to a NZ level 7 bachelor’s degree either gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the UK or USA as a result of study undertaken for at least two academic years in one or more of these countries

  • A recognised qualification comparable to a New Zealand qualification at level 8 or above gained in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the UK, USA as a result of study undertaken for at least one academic year in one or more of these countries

Planning to relocate from sunny South Africa to New Zealand or vice versa? Contact Monarch Moving company Cape Town for more info – our dedicated team is standing by to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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