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New Zealand Skilled Migrant Selection Result: South Africa beats China as the 2nd most application submitted country
  • Posted 02 Dec ,2018

The results of the latest selection for New Zealand Skilled Migrant Category is released on 28th November 2018. The program is for skilled workers whose occupation is under the required long-term shortage occupation list.



A total of 569 applicants were selected out of 1,291 applicants. The number of selected applicants has back to average level. The New Zealand Government still only selects candidates who have scored 160 points or above, in Express Of Interest (EOI).




Let's take a look on some statistic of this selection results:


1)  If we read this chart in the vertical comparison (Job Offers)

1. Among the applicants who got selected with job offers – There are 460 of them applied onshore, and 44 of them applied offshore. Number of applicant with job offers applied offshore has a significant increase.

2. Among the applicants who got selected with no job offers – 65 of them applied outside New Zealand with 0 of them applied within New Zealand.


2)  If we read this chart in the horizontal comparison (Offshore/Onshore Application)

1. Applying outside New Zealand with no job offers leads to a slightly better chance.

2. Applying within New Zealand with job offers is the mainstream.



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How can applicants apply for New Zealand Skilled Migrant Program with no job offers?

You are eligible to apply for this program as long as you score 160 points or more in Express Of Interest (EOI).

The scoring system is on your age, education, work experience, and occupation (fulfilling long-term occupation shortage list). NO points can be gained on New Zealand employers, including the company size, turnover, establishment time, statements, and employee status.




There are applications from different continents. Among all the countries who have submitted EOI from, India is still at the top with a percentage of 26% this time. However, application from South Africa has been increased to 14% which ranks the second! 


Under New Policies:


The minimum hourly wage for skilled immigrants on 15th January, 2018 was adjusted from 23.49 NZD to 24.29 NZD.

The latest long-term shortage of occupations was officially launched on 19th February, 2018. Unfortunately, 5 occupations were deleted! New certification standards also apply on IT industry.


Since the new policies only started recently, the selection requirements are relatively easier. If you are interested in this amazing country New Zealand and fulfilled EOI 160 point requirement, make sure you treasure this chance by applying as soon as possible for getting a higher success rate!



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