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The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Visa is a Resident Visa for immigration to New Zealand, based on points given for various factors such as education, skilled employment, relevant work experience, family and age.

shutterstock_10570729NewZealandVisaExpert, working with an IAA-licensed Immigration Adviser, can help you to correctly fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) with your details (plus you will need to pay the EOI fee). Based on your EOI, you may be issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for a Resident Visa to New Zealand. It means that you’ve met the eligibility requirements, which also include health, character and English language criteria. Of course, you must provide evidence for claims made in your EOI, pay the governmental fees and take other necessary steps during the application procedure.

Once you’ve received the ITA, the team at NewZealandVisaExpert can guide and help you to prepare the New Zealand Resident Visa application complete with supporting documents, and submit it to the New Zealand’s government within four months.

After the Resident Visa to New Zealand is issued, you and your eligible family members can immigrate to New Zealand, live, study and work in New Zealand long-term and enjoy as Kiwis the NZ high-quality lifestyle. After five years with a valid New Zealand Resident Visa and meeting other criteria, you can apply for New Zealand citizenship!


Here are the basic requirements to qualify for this New Zealand immigration program as a skilled foreign worker:

  • Be 18-55 years-old (You must be under 56-years-old to apply.)
  • Have good health (A medical exam may be needed.)
  • Possess good character (A police certificate may be requested.)
  • Have adequate English language abilities (A language evaluation test may be required.)
  • Receive at least 100 points for various factors (140+ points is needed to receive an ITA.):
  • Age
  • Qualification/Education
  • Skilled Employment
  • Relevant Work Experience
  • Family
  • Bonus Points
  • The governmental fees must also be paid
  • Other criteria may apply

Make your dream to live and work in New Zealand come true. The team at NewZealandVisaExpert is here to help you find out if you are likely to meet the eligibility requirements for immigration to New Zealand through the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) Visa Program.

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