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We have noticed that many of our clients are frustrated about EOI selection and are surprised that sometimes you don’t even need a job to qualify for Residence. In this article we will give you the general information about the EOI process.

Will my EOI be selected?

After you have submitted your Expression of Interest it goes into a pool where it is ranked alongside other EOIs.

Every fortnight EOIs are selected in sufficient numbers to meet the New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP).

  • EOIs with 140 points or more are automatically selected from the pool.
  • EOIs with a score of between 100 and 139 points (which include points for a skilled job or job offer in New Zealand) are selected from the pool, if places are available in the NZRP.
  • If there are further places available, more EOIs can be selected using criteria which are set every six months by the Minister of Immigration – currently the following:
  1. EOIs will be selected by applying the criteria in the order in which they appear in (i) – (iv):
    1. EOIs that include 15 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total);
    2. EOIs that include 10 points for work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total);
    3. EOIs that include 10 points for a qualification in an area of absolute skills shortage (in descending order of their points total);
    4. the points total of EOIs not meeting any of the criteria in (i) – (iii) (in descending order).

If your situation changes while your EOI is in the pool, you are able to update your information.

Tips for the Skilled Migrant Category process

  • Selection criteria may change so check the immigration website from time to time to see what the current selection criteria means for you.
  • It costs less and it speeds up the process if you lodge your EOI online.
  • Claiming points when you are uncertain of your eligibility for them may not give you a better chance of getting Invited to Apply for Residence. Unless you are eligible to claim those points, the assessment of your EOI may be delayed and result in it being resubmitted to the pool or even declined.
  • If you are Invited to Apply for residence, make sure that the documentation you submit with your application is complete – incomplete documentation causes delays in the processing time. See INZ.

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Kind regards,

Jig Patel