Skilled migrant category EOI selection

The Skilled Migrant Category offers you the opportunity to move to New Zealand to live and work permanently. If you qualify for enough points under the Skilled Migrant Category, you can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).

The latest selection took place on 14 January and a total of 778 EOIs were selected. 653 of these had a points total of 140 or more. Just over 30 percent of the EOIs selected were from the UK or South Africa. View the full results here.

July changes to the SMC mean that you can gain extra credit for work experience and New Zealand qualifications.

For information on how to get a New Zealand visa, plus loads of ideas on where to live and how to make your emigration plans run smoothly, take a look at


Net Migration Into NZ on the Up

According to recent figures released by Statistics New Zealand net migration into the country is gaining ground.  SNZ data published today showed a permanent or long-term (PLT) migration gain of 700 people last month, up from 200 in July, with PLT arrivals up by more than 800 which was partly offset by almost 400 more PLT departures.

You could be part of this influx.  New Zealand is currently undergoing an occupational skills shortage, like many other OECD countries, and is actively encouraging skilled migrants to enter the country to live and work.  Perhaps you have skills that are in demand in New Zealand?  Have you ever dreamt of starting a new life in a clean, green, jaw-droppingly beautiful country?  Go to to see what may be in store for you in NZ.

New Zealand is the fourth best country for mothers to live in

A new study released by Save the Children has found New Zealand is the fourth best country to live in if you are a mother.

The study takes into account basic health

A New Zealand mother can expect to live on average to 83 years.

They have access to support agencies, free health care for under six year olds, and an excellent maternity system for birthing. They also are able to take paid materinity leave from employment.

If you want to become a New Zealand Mum, visit Working In to find out how your skills match New Zealand’s current skilled worker requirements.