The Skilled Migrant Category Points System

The Skilled Migrant Category is a points based system of assessment for eligibility for permanent residence to New Zealand. Our handy tool easily calculates your points based on INZ criteria.

Please note that the automated points assessment below does not guarantee that the points claimed will be awarded. This is designed to provide an indication of your points based eligibility. For a comprehensive assessment of your points entitlement please email us with a detailed CV.

Point Factors

Select applicable factors from the list below:


Skilled Employment
Current employment in NZ for 12 months or more (ongoing) 60
Offer of employment in New Zealand or current employment in NZ for less than 12 months (but a minimum of 3 months) 50
Bonus Points for employment or Offer of Employment in:
An identified future growth area, identified cluster 10
An area of absolute skills shortage 10
Region outside Auckland 10
Spouse / partner employment or offer of skilled employment 10
Relevant Work Experience
2 Years 10
4 Years 15
6 Years 20
8 Years 25
10 Years 30
Additional Bonus Points if work experience in New Zealand:
1 Year 5
2 Years 10
3 Years or more 15
Additional Bonus Points for Work Experience in an Identified Future Growth Area or Identified Cluster:
2 to 5 Years 10
6 Years or more 15
Additional Bonus Points for Work Experience in an Area of Absolute Skills Shortage:
2 to 5 Years 10
6 Years or more 15
Qualifications
Recognised basic qualification (NZ levels 3-6, Level 3 only if included on list of Qualification Exemptions) 40
NZ Level 7-8 50
Higher Level Qualification (NZ level 9-10) 60
Bonus Points for:
2 Year recognised NZ qualification (completed in NZ) - Level 7 10
2 Year recognised NZ qualification (completed in NZ) - Level 8-10 15
1 Year Postgraduate study completed in NZ - Level 8-10 10
Qualification in an identified future growth area, identified cluster or area of absolute skill shortage 10
Spouse / partner qualifications NZ Levels 3-6 10
Spouse / partner qualifications NZ Levels 7-10 20
Family
Close family support in New Zealand 10
Age
20 - 29 30
30 - 39 25
40 - 44 20
45 - 49 10
50 - 55 5
Total Points: 0