Can Anyone please brief me on how to get selected for NZ PR draw.I have bachelors degree and 5 years of IT work exp and never married.
thanks for writing to us. A direct residency is ruled out at the moment. The two important criteria to be met after recent changes to policy are: 1) You should have skilled employment/offer of skilled employment in New Zealand or 2) You should have studied in New Zealand for at least 2 years leading to a doctorate or masters. If you do not have at least one of these, then a direct resident visa is ruled out. Plus you need to get 160 points for age, qualifications, work experience, etc and you need to be of good character and health. You can reach this points’ threshold and also fulfil condition 1 above if you get a genuine job offer from NZ. But finding jobs directly here in NZ when you are not present in the country is almost impossible unless you are very qualified and experienced in one of our skill shortage areas. So that avenue is also not worth pursuing until you get into the country first. There are other ways of course and for some the next best option could be a Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Visa. But again, most people don’t qualify for this either unless you are very qualified and experienced in one of our skill shortage areas.
You can get a self assessment done through the below site:-
Going by what you have mentioned, it is unlikely that you will meet the points required for a Skilled Migrant Category Job Search Visa.
Alternately there is also a study+settle pathway for which you will definitely be eligible and strongly recommended, You can pretty much recover the investment within no time. If you choose the right level of course, potentially you can end up with work visas for 4 years which is a lot of time to fulfil any requirements for eventual residency.
So do have a think.