New Zealand is a beautiful Pacific nation built on migration, there are several options open to new migrants to call New Zealand home. As a Skilled Migrant, Business Investor or joining family already here. The Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) visa is designed to attract people with particular skills to New Zealand to take up jobs that are unable to be fulfilled by citizens and residents, it works on a points system where points are awarded for employment, education, work history, age and family. Applicants with 100+ points are entered into a pool and applicants from highest down are picked from the pool each fortnight and issued with an Invitation to Apply. It takes anywhere from 4 – 9 months to get an SMC application assessed by Immigration New Zealand, so starting as soon as possible is a great idea!