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Skilled Migrant Category reopens

Updated: Oct 17


Selections of expressions of interest (EOIs) for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa (SMC) will resume on 9 November 2022.


Timeline

  • 9 November 2022 - Selections will resume from 9 November 2022. All EOIs with at least 160 points will be selected.

  • 18 January 2023 - The second selection will be on 18 January 2023. All EOIs with at least 180 points will be selected.

  • After 18 January 2023 - Selections after 18 January 2023 will be on the third Wednesday of each month. All EOIs with at least 180 points will be selected.


Expression of interest selection


Those who have submitted EOIs can proceed, or withdraw and request a refund.

Proceed option

Those who wish to proceed must: · ensure details are correct, and · claim eligible points before 9 November 2022.

INZ will check selected EOIs to ensure the right number of points are claimed. Those who meet the points threshold will be invited to apply for an SMC Resident Visa.

Withdraw option

Those who wish to withdraw and request a refund should do so before 9 November 2022. Refunds are not available after the EOI has been selected


EOI expiry


EOIs submitted before 9 May 2022

EOIs submitted before 9 May 2022 that are not selected on 9 November 2022 will expire. They will not be reselected.

EOIs submitted after 9 May 2022

EOIs submitted on or after 9 May 2022 that are not selected will expire 6 months from the date of submission.


SMC Visa application process


INZ asks for patience as they respond to the many EOIs expected in November. Those invited to apply for an SMC Visa have four months to submit their application.


2021 Resident Visa


INZ encourages those who have already applied for a 2021 Resident Visa to continue with their application, rather than applying for an SMC Visa as well.

Currently, residence visa processing priorities are focused on completing the 2021 Resident Visa applications. INZ has committed to processing the vast majority of 2021 Resident Visa applications by June 2023.