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17.08.17: New Skilled Migrant category (SMC) changes announced for New Zealand residence visas

The long-awaited announcement confirming the new points table has been made today and can be read on the INZ website at https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/smc-and-essential-skills-policy-details. These changes will take effect from 28 August 2017.

For people for whom I have promised to check/confirm their provisional assessment, please be patient!  More than 300 pages of various amendments have been announced today and I need to ensure I have read everything carefully.  I will be in touch as soon as I can, giving priority to existing clients.

In other changes announced today, many new qualifications and academic institutions have been added to the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment held at Appendix 3 of the Operational Manual.  This may mean you can avoid paying for NZQA to assess your qualifications. However, some qualifications have been removed.  You must re-check to be sure.

Further information will be available in due course.