Will my EOI be selected?

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After you have submitted your Expression of Interest it goes into a pool where it is ranked alongside other EOIs.

Every fortnight EOIs are selected in sufficient numbers to meet the New Zealand Residence Programme (NZRP).

EOIs with 160 points or more are automatically selected from the pool.

If your situation changes while your EOI is in the pool, you are able to update your information.

For example, if your income from Skilled Employment has increased and is now more than twice the New Zealand median income, you can amend your EOI and claim bonus points, which will increse your points total and may improve your chances of being selected from the pool.

Tips for the Skilled Migrant Category process

  • Selection criteria may change so check the immigration website from time to time to see what the current selection criteria means for you.
  • It costs less and it speeds up the process if you lodge your EOI online.
  • Claiming points when you are uncertain of your eligibility for them may not give you a better chance of getting Invited to Apply for Residence. Unless you are eligible to claim those points, the assessment of your EOI may be delayed and result in it being resubmitted to the pool or even declined.
  • If you are Invited to Apply for residence, make sure that the documentation you submit with your application is complete – incomplete documentation causes delays in the processing time.

This answer was last updated on 1 September, 2017.

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