How does the skilled migrant pool work?

When an expression of interest is accepted, it enters into the skilled migrant visa pool – which are drawn from all expressions of interest that have been submitted. Entry into the visa pool is by achieving a score of in excess of 100 points.

Prior to the selection, Immigration New Zealand decide on a selection point. Those with 140 points are automatically selected. Those expressions of interest scoring in excess of 100 points, but less than 140, are then reviewed. They may also be selected and are further judged against criteria such as job experience in New Zealand, or job offer.