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    I am sure everyone is checking the NZ Immigration website but I hadn't viewed it for a while. Just saw this update:

    Hon David Cunliffe
    6/06/2007
    Skilled Migrant Category fine-tuned to deliver more
    The flagship Skilled Migrant Category has been fine-tuned to deliver more for the country while still ensuring quality, says Immigration Minister David Cunliffe.

    "The SMC is generally working well, and is delivering high quality skilled migrants," Mr Cunliffe said. "We need to keep testing our policies to find ways of improving them and better target the people New Zealand needs. The SMC needs to be well positioned to attract quality skilled migrants in an increasingly competitive market.

    "International competition for skills is intensifying, with many countries, including Australia, investing heavily to pursue the same migrants. Hence we have done some fine-tuning."

    The changes include:


    An increase to the bonus points awarded for skilled employment, a recognised qualification and work experience in an identified future growth area

    An introduction of bonus points for a post-graduate New Zealand qualification (Masters or Doctorate)

    A reduction in the number of years of New Zealand work experience required to claim the applicable bonus points

    An increase to the bonus points awarded for a principal applicant?s partner?s recognised qualification and skilled employment in New Zealand

    A restructure of how bonus points are awarded for study in New Zealand

    Removing the award of bonus points for skilled employment, a recognised qualification and work experience in an identified cluster.

    A review of the list of recognised qualifications

    A more transparent and appropriate definition of skilled employment.


    "The revised points more closely target the people who New Zealand needs and recognises, for example, that the partner of a principal applicant can be of significant value to New Zealand in his or her own right," Mr Cunliffe said

    The Skilled Migrant Category is New Zealand?s premier immigration product, providing residence opportunities for skilled people. Most skilled migrants are granted residence through the SMC, which comprises 60 per cent of the New Zealand Residence Programme.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MotherBear View Post
    Uhhhh....?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShellBda View Post
    Uhhhh....?
    I think MB was perhaps referring to the almost identical posting she made about a week or so ago...

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    Nope, never saw it. Must have been one of those busy weeks for me. Sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bermy Girl View Post
    I think MB was perhaps referring to the almost identical posting she made about a week or so ago...
    True. If you click on the red 'Ahem' link, it takes you to my post. Not to worry, Shell, better to have it on here twice than not at all. Anyway, my post didn't get any response so maybe you'll have caught someone's eye with yours.

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    Well, I did manage to get more than 1 reply Just kidding!

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