Resident Visa New Zealand
The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) offers applicant the opportunity to move to New Zealand to work and live permanently. In order to be eligible for residence under SMC, applicant should not be more then 55 years and in good health. He/she should have been certified of a good character and speak fluent English.
While applying for this category, the first step is submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI). In EOI applicant mentions about self, family and can also declare points for skills, experience, and other relevant factors. Once the EOI is examined and found credible, authority sends an invite to the applicant
The applicant will have to produce relevant documents (eg: proof of English language ability medical and police certificates and documentation regarding your skills, experience, etc.) to prove the facts mentioned in EOI.
How does EOI work?
While submitting the EOI form, applicant can claim points. If the EOI score is 100 or more points, the application goes into the EOI pool. Every fortnight, EOI with score of 140 or more is selected followed by points score between 100 and 139 which include points for a skilled job or job offer. Depending on the seats/ space available, the EOI with lower scoring points are selected. The applicant’s EOI expires in 6 months. If the EOI is not selected with this period, it lapses.
Once the application is accepted, the applicant will be required to follow the terms and conditions laid down.
If a resident visa is granted, applicant will still be required to ensure that he/she remains a New Zealand resident. If he/she has acquired visa based on any specific offer of skilled employment, he/she should join that job within three months of landing into New Zealand. The applicant is also required to stay in that job for at least three months and evidence should be produced when asked for. IN case the visa has been approved based on a skilled job that has been held for less than three months, applicant will have stay in the job for at least three months.
This visa demands certain mandates. Applicant who has been given a job search visa, within three months of the offer, should return the application form for the job search visa. Applicant should be able to prove that he/she is capable of supporting self in New Zealand. In addition, he/she will have to show the availability of finance to purchase tickets to native country in case applicant will have to leave New Zealand.