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One of the most popular questions we are asked is whether it is possible to apply for a Resident visa without having a job here and if it is possible to apply from your home country. The short answer is YES, you can. However, there are strict criteria and a process is quite slow.


In 2014 there was only one case when INZ applied additional selection criteria and picked up 111 people who had no job offers but had 15 bonus points for skill shortage work experience. It happened on 30 April 2014 and you may see the make-up of selection below:


We have contacted Immigration New Zealand to clarify when the next draw will take place and they advised that it should be by the end of October 2015 (on 6-monthly basis). There is no guarantee, as New Zealand may have enough skilled workers who already have an offer of skilled employment, but those without a job offer and with bonus points for skill shortage work experience may also have a chance to get New Zealand residence.

If you want to test your eligibility – go to our FREE Online Assessment Test on the home page. If you get more than 100 but less than 140 points and you have MORE than 6 years of work experience in the areas of absolute skills shortage (check here) – please contact us as soon as possible.

Immigration Centre may help you with all this hassle and deal with INZ directly. Have you had our help or more information, please fill out the form below:

Immigration New Zealand, Visa New Zealand, Immigration Adviser Wellington, Immigration Advisor Wellington

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Remember, if you have received a letter from INZ about your visa application or think your visa may be declined or expire soon – the time to act is NOW. Call us on 0800 967 584 to you’re your FREE consultation. Our service is strictly confidential and we can guide you to take the right steps to avoid mistakes and put forward a strong case.

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Jig Patel