Filipinos who wish to live and work in New Zealand need to understand the different ways they can achieve their dreams.
Just like most other countries that accept immigrants, the best options available for Filipinos is to have the desired qualifications, work skills and experience. By possessing skills that are deemed in demand in the country, you may apply for the Skilled Migrant Category, which is a points-based assessment system. Other options include Work Visa Permit, which requires a local sponsor and not points based, Active Investment as an entrepreneur and through a New Zealand-based family member. The first two options are the most common paths Filipinos often follow.
Applying through Skilled Migrant Category
This category is ideal for aspiring immigrants equipped with a university degree and years of work experience. New Zealand Immigration Department determines an individuals qualification through points system.
In addition to academic and work qualifications, all applicants are required to prove they are physically fit, possess good personal character, competent in English language and 55 years old or below.
Applying through Skilled employment
If you are presently employed in New Zealand and have been working for at least one year, you get 60 points. A person who is employed for less than 12 months but has been working for at least 3 months gets 50 points. The same point assignment goes for an individual who has a job offer in New Zealand.
If your present occupation/employment offer in New Zealand falls under the following category-future growth area, identified cluster, or area of absolute skills shortage, you get an additional 5 points. For a list of jobs that belong to Long Term Skill Shortage List, refer to the following document (PDF).
If job location or place of employment for a job offer is in a region outside Auckland, an additional 10 points is added.
If your spouse is also currently employed/has job offer in New Zealand, another 10 points is added.
Years of Work Experience
Although your previous work experience was not performed in New Zealand, the Immigration Department also puts weight on the number of years that you have been working. This is under the presumption that the job experience is comparable to the local labor market.
- Two years work experience= 10 points,
- Four years work experience= 15 points,
- Six years work experience= 20 points,
- Eight years work experience = 25 points,
- 10 years work experience = 30 points
One also get an extra points if the work experience is inNew Zealand and another bonus points if the work experience belongs to what is considered a future growth area, identified cluster or area of absolute skills shortage or to the long term skill shortage list. For a list of jobs that belong to Long Term Skill Shortage List, refer to the following document (PDF).
Since it is presumed easier for an immigrant to live in New Zealand if his/her relatives are already in the country, the Immigration Department also awards points for applicants.
You may try the points system to determine if you qualify as an immigrant to New Zealand.
How To Apply
If the points system tool indicates you are eligible to migrate to New Zealand, you may submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for residence. Your EOI will be ranked according to your points and if your score is 140 and above- you are automatically selected.
Should your initial application for EOI be unsuccessful, it stays in the pool for 120 days. If, within that period, you are still not selected, then you can apply for aother EOI.
If your EOI is selected, you will be invited to apply for residence so you need to submit necessary documents such as passports, qualifications and relevant certificates to the Immigration Service.
The documents you submitted will be verified and the Immigration Service will asses your application. You can be given a permanent residence visa or a visa allowing you to live in New Zealand while looking for work.