The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) has traditionally been New Zealand’s main residence visa category to grant residence to people with specific skills to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth.
As part of rebuilding the NZ economy after the Covid pandemic, the NZ Government is rebalancing the immigration system to make it easier to attract and hire high-skilled migrants. The aim is to achieve a higher-productivity, higher-wage economy.
To achieve this, the following four changes are expected for the Skilled Migrant Category:
The new Skilled Migrant Category will give more certainty to skilled migrant workers and their families to make informed decisions about their immigration options.
*It is important to note the above is not written into policy as yet, and the Ministry of Business,Innovation and Employment is still in consultation with various industry bodies and agencies, thereafter they will present the proposed changes to the New Zealand Government. Accepted changes are expected to be introduced mid-2023