New Zealand skilled migration (permanent visa) system is highly considered New Zealand education and work experience and those factors can add more points for your total point calculation. Offshore Applicants who have not obtain New Zealand academic qualification and working experience may not eligible for applying as prospective application in the EOI pool. Instead of direct skilled migration visa option you can initially apply for the student or work visas under your personal circumstance. If you have considerable level of skills and academic qualifications we always advice you to obtain a job offer from New Zealand employer. Obtaining a work visa obviously support you to apply prospective onshore permanent residence application; obtaining a valid job offer from the New Zealand employer can increase the total points of your main application and increase your chances in EOI pool.
You can visit New Zealand immigration official website and check the demand of your occupation title under skilled-shortage lists.
If you can obtain more than 6 month work visa you can bring your dependant partner and children to New Zealand. They can obtain the visa as the same length of your valid work visa. Skilled migration for permanent residence applicants can include their dependant partner and children.
Generally New Zealand some international qualifications are recognized by New Zealand government. Some international qualifications may need to be assessed by New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA)
If you can successfully complete your studies you may apply for obtaining NZ permanent residence. After completion your degree you become eligible for a 12 months graduate job search visa. During these 12 months you have to find a job relating with your academic you just completed. Once you can secure this job opportunity you can apply for a work visa for 2 years. Assess your points in that stage for applying permanent residency. Points for the main application are based on age, academic qualification, New Zealand education qualification, New Zealand working experience and industry, spouse qualification and close blood relative who obtain NZ citizen or permanent residence.
If you are a graduate with basic bachelor degree and post work experience in relevant field you can apply for Masters or PhD research programs available in New Zealand universities and educational institutes. International PhD students are eligible for domestic tuition fee. Master and PhD qualification from New Zealand institutions offer you maximum 60 points and two years of post-graduate full-time studies offer you 15 points for your permanent residence application.
There is no any limitation on the time you stay under the student visa in New Zealand.
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