Immigration New Zealand (INZ) have announced that the last pool for the Skilled Migrant residence will be drawn on 19 July 2017. It is unclear at the moment when Expression of Interests (EOIs) will be drawn again by INZ.
We assume than the SMC category will be re-opened for EOIs in August 2017, once immigration instructions are updated with new policy.
This means that applicants would need to lodge their EOIs by 19 July 2017 if they want their residence applications to be assessed under current rules. We would recommend not waiting to the last minute.
Post 14 August 2017, all EOIs will have to meet new salary requirements (being a minimum of NZ$48,859 per year or NZ$23.49 per hour), new points calculation and other changes announced by the Minister of Immigration previously.
Contact our Immigration Team today to discuss how we can assist you.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice. It is important that you seek legal advice that is specific to your circumstances.