Want Residence? Maybe You Don't Need Qualifications
Posted by Iain on May 13, 2017, 11:57 a.m. in Government
A week after receiving the new points that attach to the various skilled migrant criteria in August 2017 (and both modelling and testing in the field on over 150 consultations so far in South Africa and SE Asia this past week), it is very interesting who wins and who loses from these changes.
Clearly, owing to the new salary thresholds attaching to skilled job offers, those with entry level jobs (international graduates studying in NZ by and large) are clear losers unless the role they secure is highly skilled (think many Engineering, IT, Technical and Trades roles).
Those with more entry level and ‘white collar’ or hospitality/restaurant/tourism jobs will lose owing salaries for those sorts of occupations coming in under the new threshold of $48,800. I’m thinking Chefs, Bar staff, banking, insurance, marketing, sales, Secretaries/PAs and many of the roles in what is known as Part C of Appendix 6 (list of occupations deemed to be skilled) in the rule book.
What has been very interesting to me is how many people I am meeting who will qualify after August 14 who do not qualify today.
With the pass mark at 160 most people today require qualifications – trade, technical or academic representing 2-4 years of study.
However, come August 14, even at 160 points, many people with no (or low level) qualifications, will qualify but will usually require a job offer outside of Auckland.
Anyone aged between, say 30 and 45 years old that has ten years of skilled work experience and a skilled job outside of Auckland now scores at least 160 points. I have seen many people in this situation this week.
That leads me to ponder something I read last week in the paper Immigration Department officials sent to the Government in which they said they believe that these points ‘spreads’ would deliver the government their target of 27,000. I was sceptical of that and to some extent I still am given the sheer numbers of international graduates that have been swamping the SMC pool in recent years, who are now going to struggle to qualify but there might be something to it.
That has led me to conclude the pressure on Government to drop the pass mark to achieve its targets might not be as great as it was nor the need to do so in the short term so great.
That reinforces my belief that there will be no pass mark fall before the election in September – the Government won’t wish to be accused of not going tough on immigration (even though they really haven’t).
As mentioned in previous blogs the media swallowed the ‘toughening and cutting’ line hook, line and sinker even though Government hasn’t (and has no intention of) cutting a single visa from the NZ Residence programme.
And what does all of this tell you?
International graduates from NZ institutions were a problem that needed to be dealt with. They were the ‘problem’ for the Government and the new points and salary thresholds has eliminated the problem.
What we will see over the next few months is a return to the historic profile of skilled migrant NZ traditionally sought – those aged 30-45 won’t need qualifications to get in.
If you have any questions about your eligibility -use theis link to order an assessment of your options: http://www.immagine-immigration.com/assessments/full-assessment/
Until next week...
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Would be interested in immigrating to NZ. I am widowed, 53 year old Senior Mathematics teacher. I have 2 girls17 and 15. Would I qualify ?
If i am a recent engineering graduate (electronic engineering), do i qualify for some entry level jobs in NZ and if i do as i am a foreigner ,how do i go about it?
Am a Qualified Apprentice Trained Automotive Technician aged 32 with 7 years Post Apprentice Experience and need to migrate to New Zealand to further my experiences, and need to know my score ponits. Do i qualify automatically?
Hi I am Tommy ,, I am 46 years old , I am have more than 20 years experience with my hairdresser job ,, do I qualify,,,, and need to know my score point ,
Hi, I am a 43 years old IT Tech Support and I have 20 years of experience in the industry. I would like to know my chances of migrating to New Zealand.
Would a 48 year old single woman, Personal Assistant/Executive Assistant/Secretary/Administration with more than 10 years working experience with two boys, ages 13 and 16 qualify? Just missed the mark prior to the changes.
I trust you are well. I am a 32-year-old Software Developer from Cape Town with 10 years industry experience with the relevant tertiary qualifications. My wife is the same age with a Bsc degree in Biotechnology (3 years working in a Laboratory) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She is currently working as a high school educator for the last 3 years. We`re interested in coming to New Zealand on a Skilled Migrant Visa. I would like to know if we would qualify on this visa via the points system. I currently have the following applications open: IQA assessment for our qualifications, application to register my wife at the educators council and the EOI. Currently we have a score of 150 points.
Your feedback would be greatly appreciated
I am 44 yrs old from Papua New Guinea (PNG). I have 11 yrs work experience in the Banking Industry and 11 yrs in the Oil and Gas Industry with a tertiary qualification (Bachelors Degree) from PNG. I would like to bring my wife and three girls, aged 7, 14 and 17 yrs. I have an elder sister who lives and works in Wellington (she is a NZ citizen). What is my chances of applying under a Skilled Migrant Visa?
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I am 46 years old with over 20 years experience in legal (secretary/assistant/administrator/ intellectual property. I am interested in emigrating to NZ with my 19 year old son.
Would I qualify under the new points system?