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New Zealand Conducted Draw on March 15, 2023.

New Zealand Conducted Draw on March 15, 2023. Under Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) and invited 328 Candidates for New Zealand residence permits.

New Zealand Issued 324 ITA for New Zealand PR under its 134 Draw.

March 15, 2023
180 Type With Job offer Without job offer Total
Offshore 22 3 25
Onshore 109 0 109
  131 3 134

There are 701 EOIs in the pool after the selection.

Nationality composition of Expressions of Interest


South Africa    18%

India    13%

Great Britain    11%

Sri Lanka    8%

Philippines    7%

China    6%

Fiji    3%

Iran    3%

Brazil    2%

France    2%

Other    27%

Total    100%

What is New Zealand EOI Draw

The New Zealand Expression of Interest (EOI) Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) draw is a selection process used by the New Zealand government to invite skilled migrants to apply for residency in New Zealand under the Skilled Migrant Category.

The Skilled Migrant Category is a points-based system that assesses potential migrants based on factors such as age, work experience, qualifications, and an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand. Skilled migrants who meet the minimum points threshold of 100 are able to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the New Zealand government, indicating their interest in applying for residency under the SMC.

The EOI includes information about the individual's work experience, qualifications, and other factors that may impact their eligibility for residency. The government then uses a draw system to select individuals from the pool of EOIs who meet the requirements for the Skilled Migrant Category.

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The number of EOIs selected in each draw can vary depending on the needs of the New Zealand government and the number of available spaces in the Skilled Migrant Category program. Candidates who are selected from the draw are invited to apply for residency in New Zealand under the Skilled Migrant Category.

It's important to note that meeting the minimum points threshold does not guarantee selection in the draw, as the number of EOIs submitted can often exceed the number of available spaces in the program.

The selection process is competitive, and candidates are encouraged to regularly check the New Zealand government's website for updates on the program and the drawing process.

How to calculate NZ SMC points

Calculating the points for the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) in New Zealand is a multi-step process that involves assessing the candidate's age, qualifications, work experience, and other relevant factors.

Here are the key steps to calculating SMC points:

Age: Points are awarded based on the age of the candidate at the time of application. The maximum points are awarded to candidates who are between 20-39 years old. Candidates aged 55 or older will not be eligible for SMC.

Qualifications: Points are awarded based on the level and relevance of the candidate's qualifications to their nominated occupation. A candidate can receive points for recognized qualifications, skilled work experience, and/or recognized New Zealand qualifications. A candidate can get a maximum of 70 points for their qualifications.

Work Experience: Points are awarded based on the length and quality of the candidate's work experience in an occupation that is in demand in New Zealand. The candidate's work experience will be assessed based on the skilled employees they have had over the past 10 years. A candidate can get a maximum of 50 points for their work experience.

Job Offer: If the candidate has a job offer in New Zealand, they can get up to 50 points for it. The job offer should be in an occupation that is in demand in New Zealand.

Other Factors: Candidates can also receive points for factors such as having close family members in New Zealand, having studied in New Zealand, having work experience in identified future growth areas, and having a partner who also meets the criteria for SMC. A candidate can get a maximum of 30 points for these factors.

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Once the points are calculated for each of these factors, the total points will determine whether the candidate meets the minimum score threshold of 100 points. However, the selection is based on a draw system, where only the highest-scoring applicants are selected. Therefore, it is important for candidates to aim to score as many points as possible in order to increase their chances of being selected.

For more information please consultant registered New Zealand visa consultants at 750-383-2132 or fill New Zealand PR visa-free assessment form