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Skilled Migrant Category

The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year, the British began the first organized colonial settlement. A series of land wars between 1843 and 1872 ended with the defeat of the native peoples. The British colony of New Zealand became an independent dominion in 1907 and supported the UK militarily in both world wars. New Zealand’s full participation in a number of defense alliances lapsed by the 1980s. In recent years, the government has sought to address longstanding Maori grievances.

Over the past 20 years the government has transformed New Zealand from an agrarian economy dependent on concessionary British market access to a more industrialized, free market economy that can compete globally. This dynamic growth has boosted real incomes. Key trade sectors remain vulnerable to weak external demand. The government plans to raise productivity growth and develop infrastructure, while reining in government spending.

Skilled Migrant Category

The Skilled Migrant Category addresses applicants who are planning to take up skilled employment in New Zealand.
Minimum requirements for a resident application under the Skilled Migrant Category are:

  • Good health
  • Good character
  • Good English language capabilities
  • Age limit of 55 years
  • Point score of at least 100 under the points system

In principle every applicant who meets the above criteria might be eligible for a resident visa.
The application process under the Skilled Migrant Category consists of two main stages:

  • Expression of Interest
  • Residence Application

In some cases a third stage, an assessment of the applicant`s qualifications, will be necessary.

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