There are several categories
under which you may apply to New Zealand for immigration:
General Skills Category:
The majority of all applications (approx. 32%, NZIS statistics dd.
23.02.99) are lodged under this category. In the year 1997/1998 some
12.397 applicants succeeded in obtaining permanent residency under this
Minimum requirement for an application
is a qualification of at least 3 years duration
(apprenticeship/studies) comparable to a New Zealand base qualification.
In the majority of cases it is absolutely necessary to apply for an assessment
of your overseas qualification BEFORE a residence application
should be lodged.
Wide-ranging exceptions, e.g. for IT-experts, as well as for applicants holding a New Zealand job offer or a New Zealand qualification.
March 2000 Changes:
The pass-mark is being announced weekly by the authorities and is currently at 24 points as its absolute minimum.
The fact is that 30% of all applications under the General Skills Category are being declined as the applicant did not take any professional advice on the details of the process.
The reasons are mostly formal mistakes in administration and
documentation, language barriers, lack of awareness of the present
immigration laws as well as misleading or incomplete information given by