Silver Fern Visa in New Zealand for Filipinos

The 3rd of November is fast approaching and a lot of people wanting to go to New Zealand have ants in their pants waiting for this day. Why? On that date this year, New Zealand’s Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa application is opening once again for the 6th time since its inception in 2010 for young, highly skilled people all over the world. There are only 300 slots available for every citizen (except Australians and New Zealanders) annually so I cannot fault people for being anxious as this can be their golden ticket to New Zealand.

This job search work visa enables someone who qualifies for the program to find skilled employment in New Zealand for nine (9) months and once he or she gets a job offer, he or she can apply for the Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa which I will talk about on a later entry or other work visas he or she is eligible for.

To qualify for this visa, you must:
• not have previously been granted a Silver Fern Job Search Work visa
• be aged between 20 and 35 years of age
• be outside New Zealand during the application process
hold a recognised bachelor’s degree or higher qualification, or a recognised trade qualification with a minimum of two years of work experience in that trade
• meet the English language requirements set out for principal applicants under the Skilled Migrant Category (IELTS level 6.5 and equivalent – see below)
• have a minimum of NZ$4,200 available funds to meet your living costs while you are in New Zealand
• meet New Zealand’s health and character requirements
• be genuine in your intention to gain skilled employment

If you think you qualify and you want to come to New Zealand, then I highly encourage you to try your luck and apply.

How do I apply?

The application is made online so you would not find any paper forms in Immigration New Zealand (INZ) offices or PDF forms on the internet. You would have to create an account with INZ Online Services. The form will be accessible on the day itself. You do not need to upload any documents as if you are granted a slot, you will be asked to send supporting documents to your application to the visa application centre nearest you. Once you have finished answering the form truthfully, the system will ask you to pay NZD 298 using your credit or debit card (any card with sufficient balance and with a Visa or a MasterCard logo will do). A successful payment confirmation secures you a slot in the Silver Fern program. You will receive an email containing instructions on what to do next, which is submitting supporting documents. You will be given three months to submit the documents.

What should the confirmation email/s contain?

You will be assigned a client number (this will be your client number for life for INZ purposes) and you will be given a checklist of documents you should submit. Here is what my friend received a year ago:

The documents you must supply are listed below:

• Your passport.

• A General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) and Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) completed by an INZ panel physician. Refer to the INZ guide Health Requirements (INZ 1121) or the Health Information page on the INZ website for further details.

• A police certificate from your country of citizenship and from any country in which you have lived for 5 or more years since attaining the age of 17 years.

• Evidence of the equivalent of NZ$4,200 for maintenance (e.g. bank statement in your name showing current balance)

• A Test Report Form from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), showing an overall band score of at least 6.5 in the IELTS General or Academic Module

Note: Since 21 November 2016, INZ has allowed for the submission of English proficiency exam results other than IELTS. Required scores are as follows:

Test Minimum score required
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – General or Academic Module Overall score of 6.5 or more
Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) Overall score of 79 or more
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) Overall score of 58 or more
Cambridge English: First (FCE)


Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools

Overall score of 176 or more
Occupational English Test (OET) Grade B or higher in all four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)*

* A score of Grade B or higher in all four skills is required for the OET as there is no overall grade for this test.

• A qualification equivalent to a New Zealand Bachelor’s degree (level 7) or higher OR

• A trade qualification equivalent to a New Zealand National Certificate (level 4) AND evidence of two years of relevant work experience in that trade.

Note that if your qualification is not on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA), an International Qualification Assessment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is required. If you require an NZQA assessment for your qualification(s), clearly state on your application to NZQA, that the assessment is for an INZ Silver Fern application.

• Evidence of holding, or being able to obtain, New Zealand registration if your qualification is relevant to an occupation that requires registration by law in New Zealand.

What documents can I submit to support my application?

The documents that you can submit will vary depending your circumstances. In my case I did not include evidence of occupational registration since my profession does not need registration. If you are a married female and has changed your name, you would need to submit a marriage certificate. Exercise your best judgement.

If I were to apply, I would submit originals (or unless otherwise stated) of the following:
PassportThis can prove my identity and age.
NSO or PSA Certificate of Live Birth (Birth Certificate) – Secondary document to prove my identity and age
eMedical Information SheetThis is to prove I am of good health. Contrary to what was listed on the checklist above, the clinics in the Philippines have shifted to the eMedical system wherein the clinics will submit your medical tests directly to the immigration. No more INZ forms. You just need to supply the reference number which appears on this sheet. It should have the format NZERxxxxxx. eMedical countries are listed here.
Police certificate from the National Bureau of InvestigationThis is to prove I am of good character. It has to say ‘no derogatory records’. Please note that the police certificate from the Philippine National Police would not suffice.
English proficiency exam results certificateIf you have read from another source that IELTS or any other English proficiency exam is not needed anymore because you can just submit a Certificate of English as a Medium of Instruction from your school, then that is lapsed information. INZ used to accept alternative documents to substantiate your English proficiency but they are now in strict compliance of the rules.
Bank certificateThis should have NZD 4,200 equivalent of our local currency. This would be around PHP 150,000 (at NZD 1 = PHP 35).
Bank statementThe money should be kept in the account for at least three (3) months just to show I held the amount in my name for a while.
Credit card statements
International Qualification Assessment (IQA) result from NZQAThis is a full assessment of the qualification you have gained outside New Zealand. This costs NZD 746. This should say that your qualification is equivalent to a New Zealand Bachelor’s degree (level 7). I do not have to provide this because my degree is exempted from assessment.
Certified copy of diplomaThere is no way in hell I would submit my original diploma unless explicity requested.
Official English translation of diplomaMy diploma is in Filipino so I requested an official English translation from the school. If your school does not provide an official translation, then please seek the help of translation services like Orange.
Certificate of GraduationThis is to further prove I have a tertiary degree.
Transcript of RecordsAgain this is to further prove I have a tertiary degree.
Cover LetterThis is not required but there may be some circumstances I need to explain (e.g. not submitting the original passport because I have an upcoming trip).
Authorisation LetterINZ would verify the documents I have provided and my school and my bank may need this to release information about me.

Where can I have the medical examination?

You cannot just go to your family friend slash doctor to get a medical examination. INZ has an approved list of panel physicians. The Philippines has five (5) locations where individuals can have their medical examination.

Country: Philippines
Type: Medical and Radiology
Doctor/Clinic: Nationwide Health Systems Baguio Inc
City or County: Baguio City
Address: Room 1, EDY Building, 144 Kisad Road (near BGH rotunda), Baguio City, Benguet 2600
Phone: +63 74 661 5801
Fax: +63 74 442 6811
eMedical enabled: Yes
Country: Philippines
Type: Medical
Doctor/Clinic: Nationwide Health Systems Cebu, Inc.
City or County: Cebu City
Address: G/F Gillamac’s Building 169 Sanciangko, Cebu City 6000
Phone: +63 32 238 6053; +63 32 414 1983, +63 933 328 9914
Fax: +63 32 238 6053, +63 32 414 1983
Mobile: +63 933 328 9914
Email: /
eMedical enabled: Yes
Country: Philippines
Type: Medical and Radiology
Doctor/Clinic: Nationwide Health Systems Davao
City or County: Davao City
Address: Suite 4, Pelicano Building Ecoland Phase 1 36 Quimpo Boulevard 8000 Davao City
Phone: + 63 82 282 2419
Email: nhs_cebu_inc@yahoo
Hours: Monday to Saturday 8 am to 5 pm
eMedical enabled: Yes
Country: Philippines
Type: Medical and Radiology
Doctor/Clinic: St Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic – Global City
City or County: Manila
Address: Room 1002 Medical Arts Building, St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City Bonifacio Global City Taguig
Phone: +63 2 789-7702, +63 2 789-7703, +63 2 789-7705
Fax: +63 2 521 7753, +63 2 526 0208
Hours: Monday to Friday 7 am to 3.30 pm
eMedical enabled: Yes
Country: Philippines
Type: Medical and Radiology
Doctor/Clinic: Nationwide Health Systems AUX Inc
City or County: Metro Manila
Address: 2nd Floor Annex, Zeta Building 191 Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City 1299
Phone: +63 2 810 0785, +63 2 759 5022
Fax: 63 32 238 6053
Email: / /
eMedical enabled: Yes

Please contact the clinics directly for costs. The list of panel physicians can be found here.

Where do I submit the documents?

The embassy does not accept documents directly so we would have to deal with visa application centres or VACs. The email you received after payment should instruct where you should submit your application. The Philippines’ VAC for New Zealand is VFS. They have two (2) branches in the country.

VFS Manila
Mezzanine Floor
Unit M01
Ecoplaza Building
2305 Chino Roces Avenue Extension
Makati City
Metro Manila 1231
VFS Cebu
9th Floor Keppel Centre
Samar Loop cnr. Cardinal Rosales Avenue
Cebu Business Park
Cebu City 6000

You can find your nearest INZ office or visa application centre here.

In summary, how much would I spend in applying for this visa?

Visa application fee – NZD 298 or PHP 10,430
Medical examination and chest X-ray – Around PHP 10,500
IQA – NZD 746 or PHP 26,110
IELTS – Around PHP 10,000
Documentation – Depends on your school, bank, etc. Estimate at around PHP 3,000
Lodgement fee – Around 300 (if picked up by VFS)
Show money – NZD 4,200 or PHP 150,000
Total – Around PHP 60,000 not including the show money (since you are not spending this yet)

Whew. That should create a big dent on your wallet. It really s*cks if your school is not exempted because the IQA takes a large part of the costs. Good news is you do not have to spend this much if you do not get a slot. Hah.

What do I do before submitting my documents?

Have your priest pray over or bless your documents, if that is what you prefer. Just ensure that the documents you have prepared are complete and not fakes. New Zealand takes lying very seriously and if you lied in your application, it may cost you your slot.

What do I do after submitting my documents?

Wait for the decision. Pray. Whatever works to ease your mind off the application. The decision is now on the hands of your case officer.

The processing times varies depending on your visa application centre. The system sends an email every time there is a change on your application (such as receiving the medical examination, or getting the decision) so check your inbox from time to time. You may also be contacted by your case officer if needed.

What are the conditions of the visa?

• You must come to New Zealand within 6 months of approval of the visa.
• You must have enough money to live on while in New Zealand.
• You can study for up to 3 months.
• You can work for any employer in any occupation in New Zealand.
• This visa will allow work and multiple entries to New Zealand for 9 months from first arrival

Do you have tips on how to secure a slot?

Yes, in fact I do have. Please check this link to know how to secure a Silver Fern application slot.

So I guess that is it. If you have questions, just leave a comment below and I will try to answer your query. Please note though that I am not a licensed immigration adviser so do not consider this as professional advice.

267 Replies to “Silver Fern Visa in New Zealand for Filipinos”

    1. Hi Queena

      The International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) is a full assessment of qualifications you’ve gained outside of New Zealand. It assesses which level your international qualification aligns to on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), so you have a report that you can use for immigration purposes, for New Zealand employment, study and other reasons.


      Unfortunately, this is a requirement if your school is not part of the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment. You can find the list of degrees/schools for the Philippines here:

      1. Hi mslab! I am a graduate of bs biologist,it says in the IQA exemptions that Bachelor of Science(a speciality maybe stated) has already a corresponding NZQA of 7 score,does this mean that I am exempted? Thanks in advance

  1. Hello!,..what if mam i got the slot but unfortunately i wasnt able to comply all requirements within the period of completion or say for some instant i cannot continue my application, the visa fee nzd 298 can be refunded?or not?
    Thank u so much

  2. Hi! Is it required to submit 3 months bank statements or a balance certificate letter from the bank will do?

    And, as for the documents to be submitted such as passport, is it enough to submit attested copy?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Eliza

      1. In my experience (working holiday, same $4,200 requirement as SFV), I submitted both a bank certificate and a statement of account for a WHOLE year—-but that’s just me. I wanted my immigration officer not to doubt my evidences. I know a batchmate who only submitted a bank certificate. Her visa got approved. I also know someone who only submitted a bank statement and his immigration officer called him up to ask for a bank certificate. So it depends on how strict the IO is. The point is, the INZ would want to be able to verify the details of the account to someone they can contact. Showing 3 months isn’t explicitly required BUT you have to be able to explain where or how you got your money, when asked.

      2. Yes, just explain this on a covering letter. If the application gets approved eventually, they will ask the applicant to send the passport.

      Thank you for your questions!

  3. im having a hard time understanding the university thing. i graduated at university of perpetual help. BS HRM do you think i am qualified?

    1. Hi Lyka

      Why are you having a hard time understanding this “university” thing?

      Immigration New Zealand wants to an individual’s degree or qualification obtained overseas assessed if it has the same standards as a degree or qualification obtained in New Zealand. (In short, they want to know if Philippine degree is equivalent to New Zealand degree.) They have identified some schools/degrees in the Philippines as having the same standards as the schools/degrees in New Zealand hence not needing an assessment.

      Please check this page to see if your school is listed:

      If your school is not listed, then you would have to seek the help of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to assess your tertiary (college) education. You would need to submit your high school details, college transcript of records, college diploma, and pay the fee of NZD 746.

      Here is the IQA guide in PDF from the NZQA website:
      IQA Information Page –
      Documents required –

      Hope this answers your question. Thanks!

    1. Hi Ericson

      Your situation is a bit complicated because your profession needs occupational registration and according to Silver Fern instructions you must provide evidence of holding, or being able to obtain, New Zealand registration if your qualification is relevant to an occupation that requires registration by law in New Zealand.

      Are you able to provide evidence that you already are an NZRN? Did you undergo the CAP already?

      I am not really knowledgeable about professions needing registration for Silver Fern so you may need to ask INZ about this. I am not sure if you are qualified (even if you meet the other requirements) since I am not sure if you’re an NZRN.

      If you are a Philippine registered nurse and seeking for New Zealand registration, then that is a different matter altogether. As per New Zealand Nursing Council you need to have a band score of 7.0 on the academic module of the IELTS or a score of B on the OET.

  4. Hi,

    What if you did not get any slot at all? Will you be able to refund the payment?

    Or successful payment already means a slot pero need pa ng approval if qualified? In this case non-refundable na rin ba?


    1. Hi Albert

      No payment = no slot

      Only the first 300 will be able to pay. It is non-refundable. They don’t charge money to those who do not successfully submit the application.

      So your second statement is correct.

      Thanks for your question.

    1. Hi Aleth

      In terms of securing a slot = Really hard. You are competing with lots of people around the world.
      When you get a slot = Just submit everything required and it will be hard not to be approved.

      Thanks for your question!

        1. Hello po,

          Ibang visa po ang kailangan niyang applyan at hindi ito. For skilled migrants po ito na gustong pumunta sa NZ through their skill and not family relations. 🙂

  5. Hi, what if i have a relatives in new zealand whose going to support my show money and everything, do i still need to show my own bank account?

    1. Hi Lyka

      I have not heard of anyone using the Sponsorship route when applying for the Silver Fern, though I think it may be worth the shot. If you get a slot, ask your immigration officer if this visa allows for sponsorship undertaking.

      Here is the sponsorship form so you have an idea:

      If however though that it isn’t allowed, then yes you need to provide proof of your own funds.

      Thanks for your question!

  6. I have a question if ever you’ll not get the slot for silver fern visa still they will charge the registration fee?

  7. Hi,

    Anyone able to get thru? Nag simula ako 5am and until maubos ang slot hanggang dun lang ako sa open ng modal na di na tumuloy. 🙁

    Better luck next time 🙂

    @mslab ilang weeks ang ideal to check the site again baka may mga na-deny (hoping pa rin na magkaslot 🙂 )

    1. Hi Albert

      Unfortunately, ‘yung mga kakilala ko hindi rin nakapasok, ni hindi man lang nakita ang form.

      I think every day mag-check ako hanggang mag-three months =) Kung ganun talaga kapursigido!

      1. Hi mslab,

        awts… hindi ko inexpect na ganito kahirap.. ung kaibigan ko naka fillup na ng form unfortunately nalagyan nya ng special characters kaya bumalik cya at di na rin nakaabot…

      2. Hi mslab,

        May iba pa bang way to get to NZ other than this and the normal visa application? Ala bang nag-ooffer ng sponsorship?

  8. Hello.
    I have a little doubt. When I apply this Visa, I must already have the IELTS results of my exam?…(I read that the documents must be sended after application)

    If I have programated to take the IELTS 2 days after the application, I can´t apply?

    1. Hi Francisco

      You don’t need to have the IELTS results to apply. You will be asked to choose how you can prove your English proficiency (IELTS, other forms of prooof, took college in the US/AU/UK/CA/NZ etc)

      The application has opened today. You can try if there still are slots.

  9. It says on their website…

    CLOSED: Applications for this visa are currently closed until further notice.

    What does this mean?

    Does it mean that the servers were down and no one got through or the slots are all taken up?

  10. Hi mslab,

    Good day!

    Will below satisfy this requirement: Police certificate from the National Bureau of Investigation

    Purpose: ABROAD
    Purpose Details: VISA NEW ZEALAND

    Thank you!

    1. Hi JL

      Did you get a slot? Congratulations!

      Yes you can use that. I don’t think they really mind what the purpose is on the NBI Clearance. Mine was Immigration Requirement.

      Thanks for your question!

  11. Hi mslab,

    Questions 🙂

    1. I listed the requirements and the docs I’ll send to immigration, will those suffice?

    2. Will it be a problem if I complete medical, bank docs, and NBI Clearance this November, and then pass all requirements on January 2017? Just concerned about the gap from time taken to time passed to immigration.

    * Your passport.
    – original passport

    * A General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) and Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) completed by an INZ panel physician. Refer to the INZ guide Health Requirements (INZ 1121) or the Health Information page on the INZ website for further details.
    – medical general exam + chest x-ray from appointed panel physician from partner clinic
    (taken this November 2016)

    * A police certificate from your country of citizenship and from any country in which you have lived for 5 or more years since attaining the age of 17 years.
    – NBI Clearance
    (printed this November 2016)

    * Evidence of the equivalent of NZ$4,200 for maintenance (e.g. bank statement in your name showing current balance).
    – bank certificate
    – bank statement
    (printed this November 2016)

    * A Test Report Form from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), showing an overall band score of at least 6.5 in the IELTS General or Academic Module OR
    – IELTS exam result

    * Other acceptable evidence of English language.
    – no documents to pass, will fulfill bullet above instead

    * A qualification equivalent to a New Zealand Bachelor’s degree (level 7) or higher OR
    – photocopy of transcript of records & diploma, certified by CHED (with red ribbon from DFA) last October 2014

    * A trade qualification equivalent to a New Zealand National Certificate (level 4) AND evidence of two years of relevant work experience in that trade.
    – no documents to pass, will fulfill bullet above instead

    * Evidence of holding, or being able to obtain, New Zealand registration if your qualification is relevant to an occupation that requires registration by law in New Zealand.
    – no documents to pass, do I need to?
    I’m a software tester (IT industry)

    1. Hi Rachel

      Congratulations on getting a slot!

      1. Yes the documents you listed will suffice. You don’t have to submit anything regarding registration.

      * The medical should be submitted to INZ within three months so submitting in January 2017 is fine.
      * NBI Clearance = Still okay; Note that if you are applying for any visa after Nov 2018, you will need to submit a new one.
      * Bank docs = This I don’t really know for sure. I think to be careful it should be most recent upon application. You can try submitting though and if they aren’t satisfied they can ask you for updated copies.
      * School docs = I submitted documents signed in 2013 when I applied in 2015. Should be okay, but ideally most recent. Some NZ institutions don’t like this practise though, like the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

      Why are you opting to submit in January? Are you trying to time your entry to New Zealand?

      Thanks for your questions!

      1. mslab, thank you so much for the detailed response, and you covered all my concerns!

        I’ll be taking the IELTS on December, and the earliest I can submit everything to INZ is on January 1st week. In the meantime I’ll accomplish the medical, NBI, and bank docs.

        Will it be a problem if I submit January, and the deadline is on Feb 3?

          1. Hi mslab,

            Update: got an overall score of 8.0 in the IELTS. I’ll be submitting my requirements on January 3 🙂

            Thanks again for your help!

              1. Hi mslab,

                Question. I went to the VFS Manila branch, and they don’t know how to handle an online application (Silverfern job search) with requirements to be submitted physically. What they are aware of is that documents should be attached together with the online app. They advised me to contact NZ embassy regarding this. How did you submit your requirements?

                1. Hi again

                  When I applied the visa application centre still wasn’t VFS so I wouldn’t know anything about their processes. It was PIASI until April 2016. You should show them the emails you got which references VFS as the VAC and they should be the one to determine how to handle your application. It would be the first time they are going to handle online applications so I could understand their confusion.

                  1. Hi mslab,

                    I already have my SF visa. So the next step is to fly to NZ and show immigration officers at the airport the visa proof and the POEA letter INZ provided?

                    Is there anything else I still need to do?

                    Thank you in advance.

                    1. Hi Rachel

                      For now I don’t think there’s anything left to do immigration-related-wise…

                      Get your affairs in order probably since you only have 6 months to fly to NZ…

                    2. Hi, Rachel!

                      I just saw your comment. Congratulations on getting your SF Visa!

                      I’m one of those who secured a slot as well. Was just wondering if there’s a way to contact you outside this blog as it would be great to be in touch with fellow SFV mates. 🙂

        1. Hi Rachel,

          I’ve read na you got a slot last year for SFV 🙂 Congrats! Just wanted to ask kung ano yung question nila for the English Proficiency? Kasi I’m confused if I have to take it before the date of application or I can take it fter I got a slot. Do I need to provide a score right away dun sa application form? Or hindi naman po? What is their question sa form for the English Proficiency?

          thank you and all the best! 🙂

          1. Hi Rachel,

            Also my question. Hope to hear answers from you! I am planning to apply for this visa this November 30 and I haven’t taken IELTS yet.

    1. Hi Sanu

      Did you mean the application? There’s no stand-alone website for the Silver Fern application.

      I don’t think it would open again this year. People who got a slot still are probably gathering their documents and have not submitted their docs.

      Maybe you can try next year? They may open a slot when they reject a visa application. Try your luck.

      Thanks for your question!

  12. Hi!

    Thanks for your post.

    I must say though that man, why are they so d@mn discriminating about the schools where one have graduated from! :/ :/ :/

    Btw, may I ask, do you think they will continue opening this type of Visa every November of each year from then (Nov. 2016) on? I read in a forum that they usually open it on April of every year but then the website had a problem that was why it was changed to November.

    Thank you.

    And btw, good for you that you graduated from one of the schools exempted for the Educational qualification requirement >:// ! :))) 🙂

    Congratulations and thanks again for sharing these useful info.! 🙂

    1. Hi Judith

      1. I disagree regarding the exempted degrees (not schools). Look at it from the point of view of the New Zealand education system. They need to ensure the standard of education is the same. I am guessing they have reviewed the courses of the ‘famous’ schools and they can’t possibly do this to every school and every course. They don’t discriminate upon the school because for example UP Dilimans Bachelor in Library Science is not exempted from assessment while other UPD courses are exempted.

      2. It’s been November for a few years now. INZ used to have the Silver Fern visa application in April from 2010-2013 IIRC and they transferred the dates…

      3. You’re welcome.

  13. Hi mslab,

    I understand what you are saying and I have actually preempted your response.. But I cannot help but feel this because from where I am at, I am confident that my English proficiency is good enough to be accepted for the visa and it’s not only me, but most of us, Filipinos, I think. Remember, a lot of people go here to learn English, and even during our elementary days, we were already trained in the English language, that’s why even the security guards or the ates and kuyas who sell stuffs in the street can speak in English. And that is exactly my point, that “famous” schools have an advantage and are the ones privileged enough to be assessed, but and so how about those from the not so famous but offer good education?. That’s where the discrimination comes from and a not so cheap amount is at stake. Well, there has been a mistake in their national exams in Mathematics which I don’t think ever happened here in the country. I say this because I have high regard for our educational system, it’s just that it’s still a time when we are treated as the “inferior ones”.. A sad reality.. Anyway, again, while I say these, and I’m just being objective about it, I am still happy for those who got through. And who will be able to get through, God bless.

    1. Hi Judith

      Sure a lot of Filipinos know English BUT not everyone has the proficiency required for complex situations. Imagine if an IELTS 4.0 person will be admitted as a nurse in New Zealand. How can this person be expected to explain to a patient things pertaining to the patient’s health if he does not have the vocabulary or the grammar structures required of professionals? I don’t think foreigners go to the Philippines for ‘remarkable’ English teaching but I think they go there because it is cheaper than say, going to NZ, Australia, or the US. I don’t want to nitpick but you didn’t actually preempt a response from me because here I am typing. 🙂

      I think I made a mistake of using ‘famous’ to pertain to schools. If only famous schools are included then it’s just UP, ADMU, DLSU, and UST. These are the most commonly known, in my opinion… And these schools have the reputation of having difficult entrance exams. There are degrees from schools in the peripheries so it’s not just the big 4!

      If you do not like INZ’s rules and you actually question the rules, then I guess you shouldn’t apply? If you don’t agree then why be subject by their rules? It’s not just New Zealand though. You’ll be hard-pressed to find countries with no stringent rules for migration. At least NZ has exempt degrees (I stress that schools are not exempted (like you claim) hence the list name: List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment). Other countries like Australia and Canada have no exempt degrees. Australia has different assessment authorities. Canada has WES.

      And implying New Zealand is inferior just because there has been a mistake in the NCEA? The Philippines doesn’t even have a recognised secondary education standard (IB, O Levels, A Levels, etc) and standard testing for entrance examinations…

      Migration is not a right, it’s a privilege. You have to fit in their rules or don’t migrate at all…

  14. “300 slots available for every citizen (except Australians and New Zealanders) annually”

    Does this mean 300 slots for Filipino citizens and NOT 300 slots in the Philippines? This may seem a lame question. In the NZ site it only says 300 per year so I thought no matter what citizenship you have or which country you are in, they will only accept 300 applicants worldwide. Thanks in advance. 🙂

    1. Hi Kaye

      The Silver Fern is not just for Filipinos and the Philippines. This blog is a guide for Filipinos.

      I did say it’s open to every citizen of the world except Australians and New Zealanders. Aussies and Kiwis need not apply because they have the right to live and work here.

      On that date this year, New Zealand’s Silver Fern Job Search Work Visa application is opening once again for the 6th time since its inception in 2010 for young, highly skilled people all over the world. There are only 300 slots available for every citizen (except Australians and New Zealanders) annually.

      I didn’t say young, highly skilled Pinoys/300 slots for the Philippines/only available for the Philippines or Pinoys. Don’t bother with the title much, my target audience are Pinoys and you know how there are clickbait titles. :/

      I’m sorry if my communication skills wasn’t able to explain clearly.

      Anywaaaay, I’m only just a blogger. Your primary source of information must still be INZ.

      Hope that settles your confusion.

  15. hi mslab,
    Just want to ask you about the evidence of money? I understand clearly and it says that money should be in your account, pero kung bitin talaga yung pera, is it possible to submitted other’s bank account from one of my relative, let’s say from my parents? Do know somebody with the same situation?

    1. Hi ednams

      It is possible to submit bank statements of other people (no one stopping you from doing it) but I am positive that this will not be accepted by the INZ. Just borrow money and put it in an account under your name.

  16. Hi mslab,
    thank you for opinion. I have another question, i didn’t see trade qualification in the documents to be submitted. Is this optional?

    1. Hi ednams

      If you read the article again, I specifically mentioned that if ‘I’ were to apply, I would submit the documents I listed. I am not trade qualified so if ever I do apply for SFV, I do not have to submit those docs because I do not have them.

      You have to choose if you would claim you have a recognised qualification or if you have a trade qualification. In some instances, tertiary degrees could satisfy a trade qualification requirement if your nominated skill is on parts B or C of the list of skilled occupations. Please see list here:

      1. Thank u mslab, although application for sfv is still in novmber, i am already preparing myself for this visa. I also had read ur aticle about how to secure a slot in sfv and it was very helpful. Thank u

  17. Hi,

    I’m just wondering how did you guys got the slot? Did you logged in early? I’m not sure if that’s the first time, but I did not even get the chance to see my page load.


    1. Hi jspin

      No one’s answering. Anyway, I didn’t apply but I did try accessing the website. I didn’t get in as well. I don’t think those who got in did something special or extraordinary. I do think though that they logged in early. If you’re going to try to logged in at exactly 10 am NZ time, there’s a slim chance you’d still be able to access the website.

      Good luck for this year!

  18. Hello, your blog is really informative! I am very interested in applying for the Silver Fern, but I just want to ask how you found a place in NZ when you started looking for a job, and how much the cost of living was for those 9 months? I am asking these questions because I know that the application is tough and once you get in you have to be ready, especially financially.

    1. Hi K80

      I did not really have plans really when I arrived and I do not recommend doing that (note that I am not an SFV holder, I was an WHV holder). I chose Christchurch because a friend offered her room.

      Cost of living is hard to answer because it is subjective. Those who have higher income would probably say they are not having a hard time at all with their expenses. Hope these numbers would help you though:

      I believe this would be helpful to you as well and would apply in any part of NZ:

      Good luck!

  19. Thank you mslab for your quick reply!

    Another one though, I am confused in the application process. Are the documents submitted on the day you apply online (before you pay using your credit card) as attachments? Or are they requested from you or submitted after you get a slot the application process (as one of the 300)? Either way, can I prepare the documents before the application date?

    1. Hi again K80

      I remember specifically mentioning you have three months to submit the documents. This sentence was in the blog: “You will be given three months to submit the documents.”

      Submission is analog. You have to submit paper evidences and you can start preparing your docs beforehand.

  20. Hi mslab,
    I understand that an IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required for SFV. Is there also an option to take other tests instead of IELTS, e.g. PTE? I saw this is true for SMC, and I would like to know if the same also applies for SFV.

    1. Hi jo

      You most certainly can. When I wrote this blog though, they haven’t implemented taking in results from other English aptitude tests so I didn’t include it even if I knew about it. That started on 21 November 2016.

      You could get an idea from “meet the English language requirements set out for principal applicants under the Skilled Migrant Category” I’ve written in the requirements section of the blog. SFV follows a lot of SMC rules…

  21. Hi Mslab,

    I am interested in applying for silverfern visa, I’m a Nurse by profession but I haven’t really practiced my field. I am now in Dubai working in sales. I’m just wondering if it’s possible for me to apply for this kind of visa. And one more thing regarding the school documents, I have some authenticated copies way back 2012. Is it still possible to pass those requirements if ever I will be selected. And for the medical also, Do you know some accredited hospitals here in Dubai? Sorry to bother you. I just find your blog really helpful. Hoping to hear from you soon.

    1. Hi Carylyn

      1. Nope I am not sure if you can apply. Surely if you submit your credentials they will assume you will want to work as a nurse and you need registration to do that.
      2. Better have newer ones.
      3. Please Google INZ Panel Physicians Dubai.

      1. Hi Mslab, I appreciate you taking time to reply to my comment. I just want to know what could be the possible or easiest way for me to go and settlle in New Zealand? should I apply for student visa instead? And if ever I’ll do so, Is it possible for me to apply for another course, say, Business Management or Marketing related courses. Thanks again. Hoping for your reply soon. God bless.

        1. Hi Carylyn

          There are lots of Kiwis in business and marketing. How can you compete with them when they have right to live and work here and you don’t? Why study business? Are you going to start a business here?

          Truth is business and marketing people are not in demand in NZ.

          Please see this on enlightenment regarding business courses:

          If you are going through the student route, find a job in their long term shortage lists and study one of the degrees listed in their list.

          1. Hi mslab,

            I wanted to know if i need to submit all the original red ribbon for my diploma and tor? Or just a colored photocopy is fine?


            1. Hi Justine

              INZ does not require red ribboned copies of documents… depending on the manner of submission of requirements they may ask you for a coloured scan (if via email) or original or certified copies (if through application centre or mail).

              Good luck.

  22. hi mslab!
    Will you help me to get this straight? ok here goes.
    1. So the most important this is get a slot? if you got one, then eligible ka to how do i say this, spend money to complete all the requirements, and on my case the major IQA and the occupational registration or before you get a slot you must complete all these stuff?For the ielts, i know na, since you explained ok lng kahit na wlang ielts muna because later after you got the slot u can get one naman. tama ba?
    2. So if i dont get a slot.,and if I completed all the requirements like maybe an IQA and occupational registration, all these will be in vain until maybe next year till it opens again. right?

    because honestly i have this notion na kelangan kong kumpletuhin ang mga papeles ko, like the major IELTS, IQA and OR (occupational registration), and the rest of the minor papers, like the TOR, NBI and bank certificate. So yes, a MAJOR dent on my wallet. so to recap (sorry ang kulit lng ano : ) ) please tell me if i got this right or wrong?

  23. Hi Alma

    Please note I am only basing my answers to the experience of the older batches, I wouldn’t know if INZ decides to change things up for this year’s application period.

    1. Most important thing is getting the slot and ideally you should have the requirements at hand. Ideally. Kasi without qualification assessments, occupational registration, and exam scores, how will you able to say you’re qualified to apply for the visa ‘di ba? For example, bakit ka magsasayang ng pang apply ng silver fern visa kung hindi naman pala umaabot ng 6.5 ang IELTS score mo… ‘Yung IQA pwedeng after makakuha ng slot kasi may fast track option ata for silver fern visa applicants… Pero ang hindi dapat mawala on the day of application is ‘yung proof ng occupational registration. Nasa batas ng NZ na kapag ang trabaho mo ay nasa listahan ng may registration requirement, kailangan talaga ‘yung registration at hindi pwedeng to follow lang…

    2. It wouldn’t be in vain because you can choose to enter NZ via different visa pathways pa rin, kung qualified ka. Advantage pa nga ‘yun pag registered in NZ ka if ever gustuhin mo mag-tourist at maghanap-hanap ng trabaho.

    I know it is costly but kailangan talaga ‘yung mga requirements… and nga pala, kung ang profession mo ay kailangan ng registration, hindi mo na kailangan mag-IQA kasi ang assessing/registration authority mo na ang gagawa ng qualifications assessment. I need to know your profession para mas masagot kita ng specific.

    Hope this helps 🙂

  24. Hi mslab, thanks for this guide on silver fern. I’d appreciate your help in clarifying one of the qualifications which is either having a recognized bachelor’s degree or a recognised trade qualification with a minimum of two years of work experience in that trade.

    Medyo naguluhan kasi I have a recognized bacherlor’s and my school is also in the list of exempted from assessment but, my current work is under trade qualification part c. I’ve never seen how the application form looks like so I’m not sure tif this will be asked, but which category kaya ako? Thank you!

  25. I’m currently working as an Executive Assistant, I’m in this role for more than a year now. Before this job, I was a secretary for 5 years – similar to my current work really, since administrative ang function.

    1. Hi again Rogue

      Though though situation. There are lots of Kiwi executive assistants; how would you stand out?

      I know a story of a kakilala’s kakilala. She got a job offer as an admin but still she had to go home as they cannot prove there are no Kiwis to do that job.

      Another problem is how would you prove you are trade qualified? Is Community Development even remotely related to being an admin person?

      Hope you research more and find out if NZ really is for you. Maybe Canada will be a better fit. 🙂 I know is from the admin industry and she was able to move to Canada as a permanent resident. May be worth a look.

      Don’t mean to put you down but this is the reality here…

      1. Hi mslab, my job is listed in Part C of the List of Skilled Occupations, where it is indicated that Part C may be considered skilled employment provided that certain requirements are met – my work and experience satisfy these requirements. I don’t have the link now, but I did read on an official NZ site that parts B and C are trade qualifications. How do I prove it? The government would obviously have a set of requirements for these as well, one of which is at least two years of experience in that “trade”.

        I agree, Community Development is not related to administrative function. But I’ve known people working in roles completey different from their pursued education. I know that people in support function roles are not sought after compared to those who work in the IT or medical field. It is tougher for us, especially competing with the locals and other foreigners. I’m well aware of the risks. I have after all, experienced taking risks with starting a new life in another country. Considering all these, I’ve decided to take a gamble in NZ anyway.

        Though there was no direct answer for my question, I still appreciate your response. You don’t have an obligation to answer the many questions you receive here, but I see that you do. I’m sure it’s been very helpful. Thank you for the Canada suggestion too.

        1. Forgot to mention that that kakilala was a silver fern visa holder. To be fair I don’t really know much about this silver fern visa; only know the general stuff. And if I did qualify for this visa I wouldn’t be trade qualified so I don’t have incentive to actually know about it.

          Although I did read about being trade qualified before so I know having the two years’ worth of experience is not enough. You also need to have a trade qualification (at least level 4 NZ standards) relevant to your work. It’ll be the applicant’s job to prove his or her work is relevant to his or her work. I know of people who have IT degrees (level 7) and have their IT related occupations on parts B & C who qualified for the silver fern. They had it easy as work and qualification are related.

          Anyway good thing you’re doing your research… 🙂

  26. Hi MsLab,

    Your blog is very informative. 🙂
    Do you have any idea when would be the opening date for SFV application? 🙂

  27. Hi,

    Any chances for a pinoy without a job offer (currently working in a country considered as a comparable labor market) getting a successful EOI? The silver fern route seems stressful and id rather have a much secured way in.


    1. Hi Ana

      A job offer makes your entry secure 😉 That’s the way NZ likes it that’s why they assign 50 pts for a job offer!

      Try to calculate your points here, you should get 160 even without NZ job offers or NZ work experience.

      Even better look at other countries as their migration programs may fit you better.

  28. Hi Ms. Lab,

    I would just like to ask if all requirements need to be processed with the DFA for red ribbon and stamped by the NZ Immigration.

    I’m not so sure if I will be qualified for the Silver Fern Job Search Visa Application since most of my work experience is on Business Process Management (almost 4 years) which is not that related to my Bachelor’s Degree (BA in Social Sciences, major in Economics). In addition, I have shifted my career last January 2016 to Economic Development due to family concerns. I would like to ask if the NZ would accept applications with educational qualification matched work experiences only?

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Fate

      Not really sure how INZ treats applications like yours. 😀 It’s your job to prove to NZ you qualify for the visa so what I can advise is to research more, check the Silver Fern immigration instructions here

  29. Hi,

    I would just like to ask were you or your friend in the PH when you applied for WHV or Silverfern Visa respectively? If yes, what was your internet’s speed? Higher the 8mbps? Thanks!

    1. Hi Guess

      I would very much prefer that you post your question here so others would benefit. Otherwise please read everything on this website so you’ll find my email address. It’s not hidden.

      1. Hi Ms. Lab, thank you for you r fast reply. However, I still have some questions that still bothering me, I hope you can have a long patience. Iam really confused in the following points:

        1. IQA – As I checked on the list of universities, it is sad to say that my school is not included on the accredited one that is exempted on the IQA. For this one, should I get the IQA before or after I get a slot? If before, do you think I can still make it to meet the deadline since this silver fern opens at november right?

        2. OR – Iam really confused with this OR. Ho w can I know if I can fit on this? Should I get a slot first and do all this thing or I should I proceed to get a slot before getting OR?

        Please help me Ms. Lab, Thank you very much.

        1. Hi again Guess

          1. Per the experience of other batches, IQA result wasn’t needed on application day. As discussed here in the comments section before, the applicant is given three months to comply with the requirement.

          2. As discussed here in the comments section, evidence of occupational registration IS REQUIRED if your job requires occupational registration.

          Please see WL2.20.5d

          So in case you get a slot you need to obtain registration within the 3 months INZ gives you to comply with the requirements. IQA is waived if you have registration (source: WL2.20.5b ii)

          I suggest to also read the other comments here. I’ve answered questions similar to yours…


          1. Hi Ms. Lab, thanks for your answer, I hope you will allot a long patience to me. My question again is under occupational registration, do you think I’m qualified? I cannot see my job in the list of registered occupational registration. I graduated having a BS Entrepreneurship and working as an Office/Admin Staff for 3 years.

            Thank you Ms. Lab 🙂

            1. Guess

              If your job isn’t on the list of occupations that need occupational registration then you don’t need registration. As simple as that.

              1. Hi Ms. Lab, how about the proof for my past experience?

                * Where do you think is the best way in applying a working visa? Is it under SFV or WHV? Any pros and cons on both parties?

                Thanks again. Thank you for your patience.

                1. Hi Guess

                  Have you searched for the job prospects of being an Office/Admin Staff in New Zealand? There are lots of Kiwis on this job. 😀 Do you think you have the chance?

                  You would soon find out that due to the nature of the application process a lot of people don’t make SFV vs WHV comparisons. First come first serve so people just pick whatever lets them in.

                  Obviously on paper the SFV is better because it leads to a proper work visa but what if you don’t a slot ‘di ba? Would you still think na mas okay ‘yung SFV kung pahirapan namang kumuha ng slot? Not saying that applying for the WHV is easier… mahirap din makakuha ng slot diyan.

                  If you’re asking me now if you need to provide proof of your job experiences then I think you haven’t read everything on this blog and on the INZ website…

                    1. Hi Guess

                      Just try. I think you’re still safe. The system wouldn’t let you go through anyway if the passport validity of your passport does not meet their requirements.

                    2. HI ms. Lab, thank you, but do you think, is there any possibility to renew my passport at NZ while I’m still in the program of Silver Fern? Thanks for allotting your time to answer our inquiries! 🙂

  30. Hi mslab,

    I just want to clarify, my school is included in the list of qualifications exempt for assessment but under the academic qualifications table, bachelor of science in engineering – requires assessment by NZQA. Does this mean, I still need to do the IQA because of my graduated course even if my school is exempted?

    Thank you in advance for your response.


    1. Yes you still need to do the IQA. Your school being on the list of exempted doesn’t have any bearing anymore as your degree together with nursing and teaching degrees got singled out.

  31. Hi there,

    Thanks for the article!

    Just two questions;
    1.) what is the general notice period for the opening dates? It’s so late this year
    2.) are they usually on business days?

    1. Hello

      1. This year’s an outlier. I can’t answer this question 🙂 Usually by this time there should have been an application date already.

      2. The application date? They try to place it on a weekday.

      1. Hi!

        Thanks for the info!

        Just one last Q:

        Let’s say I create an account beforehand, and I was using a few desktops at once on this account to apply, would it decrease the connection speed or slow the process down? Or would it be simpler to just use one PC?

  32. Hi. Thank you so much for all your tips! I am also from the Philippines. So I just wanted to ask, how did you secure a good internet connection when applying? I plan to go to an internet cafe but I’m curious on what did you do haha!

    Also, for the English requirements, should I ready a screenshot of my results for the application or do we simply just type our score? and just send the proof of english proficiency after we secure a slot?

    Sorry for asking so much questions haha! Would greatly appreciate your help! 🙂

    1. Hi Miguel

      Not sure if you read this:

      Not sure if you read this post either. I said, “You do not need to upload any documents as if you are granted a slot, you will be asked to send supporting documents to your application to the visa application centre nearest you.”

      If you read the other comments, my answer regarding the English results is I don’t know. The previous batches didn’t have to input their scores, but who knows if they change it this year?

  33. I am here in New Zealand and my current Job Search Open Work Visa is about to expire. I intend to apply Silver Fern Job Search Visa so i can look an employer who with assist me to further extend my visa.
    Can i apply for Silver Fern Job Search Visa while i am here in New Zealand? Will the requirements be still the same?
    I will go to the Philippines on the 1st week of December and hoping to be back again once i secure my Silver Fern Job Search Visa.

  34. Hello ma’am

    Will I have good chances to get this kind of visa if I am a licensed teacher from the Philippines but my teaching experiences are abroad? Is that the right kind of visa I should give it a try? Thank you po. PS: I’m a Primary teacher.

    1. Hello po

      If you read this blog carefully, you would know that you need occupational registration or proof that you can register before you can qualify and apply for this visa.

      This may not be the visa for you if you haven’t started preparing for the registration yet. 🙂

      1. I got you dear. This isn’t really for me. Now I understand what you’re trying to say about the registration and the NZQA..

        Thank you for your info. Cheers!

        1. Hi Kay

          That’s just my interpretation though. Other people may have other ideas. Best to consult a licenced immigration adviser or contact the INZ themselves. +64 9 914 4100

  35. Hello ma’am
    Will I have good chances to get also this kind of visa? I am a licensed teacher here in the Philippines and been teaching in a public elementary school for 6 years.
    When do I need to pay for the application fee? Is it before or after having the slot already?

  36. Hi po.

    Would just like to know more info on age limit. This 2017 i’m 35 yrs old if papalarin po na makakuha ako ng slot this nov, am i going to have issues on my age since the processing and submission of reqmnts might take 3 months..meaning tatawid na ng 2018 and by july 2018 i will be 36..ok lng po b yan since i applied for this visa when i was still 35 yrs of age?

  37. Greeting,

    Just wanna ask two things, please

    1. If I get slot on 30th November, How many days I will be given to submit documents like IELTS certificate, Police Character certificate, Medical certificate etc
    2. Do I need to have IQA? I already have PAR and my qualification is assessed at level 9, will PAR be sufficient or I need to have an IQA for this Visa?

    Thank you

  38. Hi there, I hope you can help.

    Question 1 – Do you need to complete IELTS before the applying? My exam date is set for end of December this year.

    Question 02 – What if your occupation is not on the skilled category list, does that mean I have no chance of utilizing the Silverfern Visa for migration after 9 months (After 9 months , do I have to return back to my country?)

    Thanks so much, love.

    Appreciate your very informative article. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi AR

      1. IELTS isn’t needed before applying (in case of previous batches).

      2. Which occupations list are you referring to? Now what they treat as skilled enough to be eligible to apply for SMC (skilled migrant category residency) relies on base salary and ANZSCO skill levels… Skill levels 1-3 at least 23.50 per hour, skill levels 4-5 or with no ANZSCO at least 35.24 hour.

      If your skill isn’t on the whole ANZSCO list or it has a low skill level then you need to find a job paying at least 35.24 if you want to be a resident in the future.

      If you only want to utilise the Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa then find a job related to your qualifications and in Appendix 6 then you’re set. 🙂

      Otherwise you may need to look into low-skilled essential skills work visas (work visa for skills with low skill levels). Only granted for 1 year at a time and have a maximum 3 years stay… after three years you will have a 1 year stand down period to apply for the same low skilled essential skills visa.

      1. Hi MSLAB

        Thank you so much, I just saw your reply – you are so very helpful!

        Yes, I’m looking for the migration pathway and not very sure about how the Silver Fern Practical Experience Work Visa category list functions in achieving this. Would you know more on this?

        You have cleared so much confusion regarding the ANZCO list – Thank you so much. I initially thought my occupation HAD to be on this list ( , but now understand that it is one of the options!

        Thank you – Bless!

  39. Hi Mslab!

    I’ve graduated with a course of Bachelor in Elementary Education and i’m a board passer here in Philippines, but i did not practised my profession as a teacher. I’ve worked abroad (UAE) as a F&b supervisor in a hotel for 4 years and a receptionist in a company for two years. Please advise if i’m eligible in applying for SFV.

    1. Hi Bella

      You’re in a tough situation.

      1. If going through the usual route (showing proof of qualifications of at least level 7 by NZ standards), you need to show proof you are able to register as a teacher in NZ upon submitting requirements for SFV.

      2. If using F&B Supervisor, we can try going for the trade qualification route. First you need to know the job classification under ANZSCO. The nearest ANZSCO code I can find for this is 141111 CAFE OR RESTAURANT MANAGER (Alt Title FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANAGER). Then you need to find out if this appears in Part B or C of the Skilled Occupations List (trade qualifications must appear in Parts B or C). This job appears in Part A of the Skilled Occupations List. So no go here. You also need a qualification related to F&B services. Do you have one? If you don’t you wouldn’t qualify.

      3. Receptionist isn’t on the Skilled Occupations List at all.

      I suggest you look into Canada. 🙂 They still accept people in your profession (until permanent residency). I’m not saying NZ doesn’t but your path will be hard!

  40. Hi mslab!

    I’ve graduated with a degree of Bachelor in Elementary Education, I’ve passed the board exam but i did not practised my profession as a teacher. I’ve worked abroad(UAE) as a f&b supervisor in a hotel for 4 years and a receptionist in a company for 2 years. Currently i’m in the Philippines. Please advise if i’m eligible in applying for SFV.

  41. Hi!

    I wanted to get a slot but apparently Im over age as per required.
    By any chance is there any other option to consider.
    Thanks & good day!

    1. Hi Geraldine

      Try looking into the following:

      1. Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa
      2. Student Visa
      3. Visitor Visa
      4. Consider other countries.

      Good luck.

  42. Hi mslab!

    Thank you for your immediate response. Just want to clarify these below;

    1. What proof do I need to show to be able to register as a teacher in NZ?

    2. What qualification do I need to have related to f&b services?

      1. Hi mslab!

        Thanks a lot for the informations you’ve shared. Now I have an idea, i’ll go through it.

        God bless you more!!!

  43. Hi Ms Lab,

    just wanted to check:
    1. i am a bachelors degree graduate in information technology though my work background for 6yrs is not similar to my educational attainment (i would say 20% of my work is related to IT)

    need your suggestion or advise if trying my luck will pay off, just worried incase i am lucky with the slot but my requirements will be insufficient. 🙂

    thanks for the time

    1. Hi Janeya

      Here’s the thing, there are two ways to prove you are qualified for the silver fern visa.
      – Proving you have a level 7 qualification or
      – Proving you are trade qualified by showing at least two years of experience in a job listed in Parts B and C of the List of Skilled Occupations (Appendix 6, INZ Operational Manual) and a qualification of at least level 4

      If you’re going through the first pathway, you do not even have to show your work experience.

      Say you’ve used the first pathway to come to New Zealand and is granted an SFV, you can’t apply for the Silver Fern Practical Experience Work visa (next visa to SFV) if you find work related to your experience because your work now isn’t exactly IT. 🙂 You can still apply for other work visas such as the essentials skills work visa, and the WTR work visas… So don’t lose hope 😀

      1. i totally agree. thanks a lot. ill let you know if i am lucky enough to get a spot. hopefully i can do something to grade this great forum as this is very informative.

        btw, for the IQA results, whats the possibility that they fail your qualification or what do they mostly consider? is it your grade or the subjects under your bachelors degree (just wonderin if you know:)

        overall, thanks a ton on your help

          1. OMG! i successfully submitted the application after numerous tries! for 3 hours..

            now the requirements! thank u lord

            1. Congrats Ms. Janeya!

              I did not get through. But, I will try to check if there are available slots at a later date.
              I tried and tried loading the online services page since 5am, when the application was successfully loaded.. I tried to submit but the quota was already reached. It was past 8am. Gruelling 3 hours. But I’ll try again. 🙂

              1. @fate – it was so frustrating, i was at one point that i have filled up the personal details but then upon clicking the next category it timed out.. i tried and i tried for 3 1/2 hrs then finally got thru all the categories then payment., btw it is better to use the latest version of chrome. In my opinion

  44. Congrats ms Janeya!

    I also tried my luck but unfortunately I didn’t get through, didn’t even see the application form. 🙁
    But as per advice also in this blog, there might be open slots in the later days. 🙂

    Congrats again and best of luck in your requirements. 🙂

  45. Congrats to people who submitted successfully.
    And they have mention date for next year. usually they wont !!! is this a fake message to free up the website or all slots would have been booked. any idea anyone?

    1. Hi Arvind

      Historically, they usually announce the application date for the next year right after the applications have closed. Last year was different as the INZ website was down for more than one day… So I guess setting a later date in 2017 was giving the chance for INZ to regroup.

  46. Hi Ms. Lab,

    I got confused with the given name 1, 2 and 3. The form says as in passport. It also does not have an item for middle name. I did not provide my middle name then. I supplied my first and second name to given name 1 and 2 fields.

    Also, for the secondary identification.. the only options are driver’s license, national ID and birth certificate. I supplied my SSS CRN. However, it does not have a date of issuance. I run through some of my documents to retrieve the transmittal letter of SSS and get the date of the letter. I supplied the date of letter as the date of issuance.

    Am I doing things right?
    Unfortunately, I did not get a slot today but I will wait for vacant slots. I’ll try my luck. If this does not work out, I will try applying for PWH next February.

    Thank you and God bless!

    1. Hi Fate

      1. Only one of the 3 boxes is required so you could have only just used on text box. 🙂 Your middle name is part of your given names BUT you won’t be penalised for not putting your middle name. It’s not a big issue.

      2. That’s OK. They won’t look at this ID anyway.

      3. You’re okay, maybe try your luck again next year!

  47. Hello Mslab

    Unfortunately I didn’t get a slot. So aside from silver fern visa.What other pathways for NZ could you recommend which is much easier and less expensive? Thanks.

    1. Hi Virginia

      You can check the INZ website 🙂 Unfortunately without knowing your credentials I wouldn’t know what I think would be OK for you, and I can’t really advice you anyway since I am not an immigration adviser. May be better for you to research as well.

  48. Hi Ms. Lab,

    I tried booking a slot but unfortunately couldn’t get through but as per advice I will try on some other days.

    Any advice on which time generally shall I check on other days?

    Thank in advance!

  49. Hi! I managed to get a slot this year, after a couple of hours trying to get through the crashes and errors. Your entry was quite useful. Thanks for all the tips and advice!

  50. Hi, Ms. Lab!

    Unfortunately, hindi po ako nakakuha ng slot sa Silver Fern. Pero pagcheck ko po Pending po ang status ng application.

    Tanong ko lang po, ibig sabihin po ba nun ay parang nasa queue kami or waiting line? Na kapag may nabakanteng slot ay maaccommodate kami hanggang sa umabante po ng umabante? Or talaga pong dapat naming saktuhan na may mabakanteng slot at paunahan uli kami na mag-apply?

    Thank you po.

  51. Hi mslab.

    Just want to get your inputs.
    I’ll be submitting this December after getting a slot yesterday.

    Here are the supplementary documents I’m planning to submit:
    And I have some questions after every requirement (almost) if you don’t mind. 🙂

    1. Passport
    Q: Do I need to submit a secondary ID?

    2. General Medical Certificate & Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) completed by an INZ panel physician.
    Q: As per reading, the clinic will forward this directly to the Immigration. Right?

    3. NBI Clearance

    4. Bank statement & certificate with amount of NZ$4,200 (PhP equivalent) under my name for at least 3 months.
    Q: Can this be exactly 3 mos or should it be more than 3 mos?

    5. Original copy of IELTS Test Report Form

    6. A qualification equivalent to a New Zealand Bachelor’s degree (level 7) or higher:
    (a) CTC of Diploma (Certified by the School)
    (b) Original copy of certificate of graduation
    (c) Original copy of TOR

    7. A trade qualification equivalent to a New Zealand National Certificate (level 4) AND evidence of two years of relevant work experience in that trade.
    Q: Do I need to submit this if item 6 is already provided? If yes, what should I submit?

    8. NZ Registration
    Q: I won’t need this if I’m from the IT industry, right?

    Hope to get your feedback. Big thanks!

    1. Hi Coi

      1. Nope.

      2. Technically these forms have been replaced by eMedical. There’s an online form that physicians/nurses fill.

      3. –

      4. Your choice really. The three months was my choice.

      5. –

      6-7. No 7 if 6 is submitted. Isa lang sa dalawa. Nakalagay ay OR

      8. I believe I provided the link to occupations needing registration on one of the blogs. 🙂

    2. Hi COI.
      May I know what is the certificate of graduation? Is this the paper you et when you send your docs to DFA for autherntication?

      1. Hi Alyssa

        I think Coi and I are schoolmates. We call the Certificate of Graduation, COG. It says something like we have graduated from the degree blablabla…

        It is what we get/can request for as our diplomas take almost a year to be released 🙂 If you have the other documents (TOR, Diploma) then those would suffice.

  52. Guys..!! By the grace of god . i submitted the application.
    Does anyone know for showing the funds of $4200, PF Provident Funds are considered or not and Dollar here is the value of US dollar or the NZ dollar value ?

    Congrats to those who got the slot.

    1. Hi Verma

      I’m not sure if your PF is acceptable. Please ring INZ directly.

      According to this ( evidence of funds can be:
      travellers cheques
      bank drafts
      a recognised credit card with sufficient available credit.

      That’s for the working holiday but I’m sure the SFV follows the same funds evidencing guidelines as well.

      Whatever currency you have it doesn’t matter as long as when you convert it it’s equivalent to 4,200 New Zealand dollars.

  53. Hi mslab! Thanks for your blog. I followed your tips and luckily, got a spot for this year’s SFV. 🙂 May I ask few questions:

    1. Do you know how much time it requires for the medical exam result? Im planning to go home (Philippines) on January and the exam there is half priced than here in UAE.

    2. If you know someone (since you need not to apply for IQA) who applied, a simple cover letter will do? It is one of the requirements. For the proof of past working experience like COE from my previous employer and copy of employment contract here in UAE will do for the supporting documents.

    3. Bank statement- I have an existing account in UAE and also a credit card with which I have an existing loan installment. Should I settle it in advanced? It will be finished on June (Planning to fly to NZ on same month) but I shall sumbit my requirements on End of February. Do you think this will make a problem on my application?

    1. Hi Alyssa

      1. Someone answered you on the FB group. 😀

      2. Why would you need a COE for IQA? Or are you submitting proof of experience as part of SFV application? Are you trade qualified?

      3. Just show your credit card statement (with acceptable balance) and your bank account statement. You don’t have to submit a statement of your liabilities.

  54. Hi mslab!

    Question on the bank statement & certificate, I’ve been keeping around 100K PhP in my account since August. But money has been in and out where the amount goes below 4200NZD but not 100K PhP, it’s just last October when it reached above 4200NZD again when it got untouched. Is it safe to submit the bank documents already? Or should I wait?

    Also, I have 2 banks accounts but only one has maintaining balance above 4200NZD – I can just submit bank docs for just that one right?

    And lastly, would having credit card balances have negative effect on the application? Thanks!

    Sorry makulit. 🙂

    1. Hi again Coi

      You should really read other comments as well. As I told the other person who asked a question regarding funds, it was my choice to keep it at three months. One year pa nga eh but all of yous will ask kung required ba na one year. =))

      As long as it has 4,200 NZD when you show it, that would suffice.

      Kung CC naman ang ipapakita mo dapat may 4,200 NZD left ka pa sa balance mo…

      Don’t you want to join the FB group, I’ve been answering the same questions there as well…

  55. Hi, I don’t have facebook so I couldnt join the SF group 🙁

    Just a quick question:
    – Should I translate my bank account and credit card statements? They’re not in English and I’m worried I should translate them.

    Thanks 🙂

  56. Hi mslab,

    I have submitted all documents already but I’m a bit alarmed about the increasing currency conversion of NZD to PHP. The bank docs I submitted and already lodged (status Pending) have an amount that might be turn into the exact amount or lower if NZD to PHP hits 38.

    Question is should I send new bank docs while it’s pending? I recently added money to my acct.

      1. Thanks!
        Would it be fine to just add money on the acct while the application is pending? I’m really concerned that it might affect the application.

        1. Hi Jay

          I’m sure INZ understands that your account is an active account so you can add money to it. I’m also sure if INZ deems it necessary for you to submit proof of more money they would tell you.

            1. You’re welcome. I’ve been there… but after having more than one visa applications to INZ, I’ve learned not to overthink. 🙂 Good luck!

  57. Hi,
    Just want to ask, upon receiving the Silver fern Visa. Gano katagal ung ibibigay sa’yo na period to submit all the necessary requirements?

    1. Hi Dyo Soks

      You don’t receive the visa prior to submitting requirements.

      The length of time they give you when you get a slot is in this post. Please try to read again.

    1. Hi Donabelle

      If you had read the contents of the link List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment you would know that all Nursing degrees from the Philippines require assessment.

  58. Hi mslab,

    Thanks for the update. I submitted statement of PF and account. I got my work visa stamp passport.

    Thank you again.

  59. Hi mslab!

    Can I apply for the IQA once I secured a slot? or is it required to do the IQA first before applying in November 28, 2018?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Kaloy

      The IQA is not required but what if your IQA result says your qualification is not a level 7? You will not qualify for the visa.

      Please also read my reply to Sai below.

  60. Hi, mslab.

    I just want to ask what should we put in the ‘qualification level’ in the application form of SFV (If there is any question like this). Can we put a level 7 there even my undergraduate course needs the assessment from IQA?

    And thanks for the well-informed blog.



    1. Hi Sai

      As I mentioned here I haven’t seen the actual form as I have never applied for this visa but I do know that the form asks you to make a declaration… The question relevant to your question says something like “I have a level 7 qualification” and then you tick yes. The risky part here is if you have not had an IQA yet you do not know what your level would be… they could say you have made a false declaration or you could get a lower qualification level.

      Either way, it’s your risk to take. What’s so wrong with getting a IQA first though if you really have plans on moving here? Is the cost too prohibitive?

  61. Hey Thanks for the post, very useful.
    Been trying to find out about qualification assessment…I have two diplomas Bachelors and Masters. My Master diploma, obtained in USA university, is exempt from assessment in NZQA (which is Good News). So, do I still need to assess my BS diploma, obtained in my country, and not in NZQA exempt list?


    1. Hi Dave

      You don’t need to have your bachelor’s degree assessed. Just show your masters degree as your proof. The requirement is to show a degree at least a level 7, not exactly level 7.


      1. thanks for the answer, what if I ask friend to apply on my behalf with my account. I mean if we open one account simultaneously in two PCs and fill appl. should increase the chances theoretically. what of both both of them pass thorough? )

        1. Hi again Dave

          How do you know that you would increase your chances theoretically? It might slow things down because how do you know you’re not trying to fill out the same form—therefore wasting valuable time?

  62. Hi mslab!

    I’m also interested to get this visa so i was searching around and learning about this visa. This blog is so helpful and I just want to ask what if I only got 2yrs in college are they going to accept it or not?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. and also I’m just an undergrad student but I got 5 yrs experience in bpo company and I was planning to apply there for call center jobs related

  63. Hi, I am an Architect here in the Philippines and I have a sister studying in New Zealand. My school is exempted for qualification. I’m planning to apply for Silverfern Visa , but I dont take IELTS. Possible ba na magapply and secureed the slot for this type of visa and the to be follow yung IELTS or it just a waste of time since wala pa kong IELTS ?

    Thank you in adavance. Looking forwrd for your reply. God bless !

    1. Hi Jhuls

      It’s in the list of requirements. It’s possible to be able to get a slot without it but you will eventually need to submit proof of sitting and passing at least one English proficiency test.

      But to be sure you have to get it beforehand… what if you do not get the required score?

  64. Hi mas lab!

    How many months the passport must be valid in order to apply the silver fern visa?
    For WHV , it is stated that it should be 15 months but for SFV it is not stated.


    1. Hi Jaz

      I wouldn’t know as I have not applied for SFV before… but going by how the number for WHV is counted you should need at least a year for SFV (SFV is a 9-month visa, then 3 months allowance).

  65. Hi Ms. Lab!

    My bachelor’s degree met the academic qualifications. But I’m getting confused in the list of awarding institutions. Do my school need to be included in that list to really qualify?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Mae

      What do you mean when you say your bachelor’s degree met academic qualifications? Did you mean you meet the requirement of having a bachelor degree as an academic qualification?

      That alone is not enough. If your degree/school does not appear on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment you still need to have your degree assessed if it can meet NZ standards.

    1. Hi Mae

      The answer to your question is in the post itself. Kindly re-read the whole post please.

      Also not sure what you meant by NZQA verifying a degree… did you mean “assessing”?

  66. Hi! I’m just a bit confused on the working holiday visa and silver fern. the qualifications are same right? but the conditions are different? working holiday you could stay/work for 3 months per company for 12 months validity while silver fern you could work for 9 months validity without any other conditions. Both, allows you to go there and apply for job (stepping ground for permanent job)?

    1. Hi yukimrn

      The qualifications (degree) needed to qualify for the two visa programs are not the same. For Silver Fern, the qualification needs to be assessed against NZ standard qualifications and the degree has to be assessed a Level 7 bachelors degree. For WHV, the applicant only needs to have finished a tertiary qualification needing at least 3 years to complete (NZ levels assessment not needed). Different requirements to meet to get one of the two visas.

      The visas are different as well hence the different conditions. I suggest that you read the articles more carefully so you will understand the difference.

      Holding one of these visas do not guarantee finding a permanent job…

  67. This is a good article!! I am planning to apply for the WHV next year and if I got accepted and already in New Zealand, can I apply for the Silver Fern before the WHV expires?

    1. Hi Kiwiwannabe

      I think you’re overlooking one important requirement to pull what you’re planning off. Please read this blog again 🙂

  68. Hi mslab,

    I’m planning to apply for the Silver Fern Visa this coming 28. Do you have a list of things that I should prepare for the application. Like pre-writing my address and etc so that I will just do a copy paste of the form?

    And also, my last name has an “ñ” letter. Is it okay if I just type in “n”? Kinda worried that might result into an error/ invalid symbol.

  69. May I know if I need to submit any documents during the application or right after yun if ever makakuha ako ng slot?

    I’ve also seen na may Expression of Interest. Do i need to submit it the exact day of the Silver Fern opening/ application? TIA

  70. I think they are not yet updating the site, because the lower part you’re saying was never changed, I guess the only thing we can do is try and try refreshing….Let just hope slots are still open once their site is okay….

  71. Hi, I am a dentist and I am registered in Saudi Arabi, I am fro Sudan , I have read ur article and it was so informative. I am planning to apply to SFV but I am wondering about my profession, am I eligible?

  72. Hello
    I completed the full form for silver fern visa, but when I reached the payment stage, Quota was Filled.
    now, i have Application number , Status is Created and just Payment status is Pending.
    When the quota re-open, Is it enough that I only pay?
    Or must I fill out the form again?

    1. Hi Aylar

      If you have read previous comments, you would know when the application opens again later this year, your form will be deleted. This is for fairness to everyone.

      Essentially you have an unsubmitted application. Take it as filling out a paper application form but never being able to submit it…

  73. quite confused with work for any occupation, for the long term skilled employment, does it necessary have to be the same/in line with your course (educational background) and/or work

    1. Hi L

      If you want to only work just anywhere under the SFV, the job doesn’t have to be related to your qualification.

      For the next visa you have to at least prove you are qualified to do the job you had been offered… so by experience or by qualifications….

  74. Hi.

    Nice content. I have a few questions,

    1. Were you successful in applying in this program and if yes, was it easy for you to actually find job once you arrived in NZ?

    2. Can Silver Fern visa program be used as a pathway for permanent residency? Is it required that after 9 months, you need to go back? Or can you extend this indefinitely without going back to your home country?

    3. I will be applying outside PH. I currently work in Tokyo but i really want to move in NZ permanently. Can i apply outside PH?

    1. Hi Barry

      1. I wasn’t a silver fern visa holder so I cannot answer questions about my experience on it.

      2. Yes definitely. Silver fern programme follows the skilled migrant category (SMC) residence programme so ideally if you get the practical experience visa (this is the visa you can apply for once you find an employer) you will be eligible to apply for SMC. No need to go back after the nine months because you need to have switched to a different visa kind by then to be able to stay. This visa cannot be extended—if you can’t find a job offer by the 9-month mark, you have to leave NZ.

      3. Anyone is able to apply as long as they’re not in NZ physically. 🙂

      1. Hi, medyo mahirap i-navigate ung list of exempted degree and schools parang bugged yung site, pwede ko bang directly itanong sayo kung exmpted ang UP with architecture degree?

        Although i have an IQA but it’s from WES Canada, since I’m also applying for Canada PR, so followup question, may effect ba to sa eligibility for Silver Fern?

        Then question about medical, so need ko lang to gawin after securing a slot right?

        1. Hi Barry

          1. I didn’t notice that the operational manual has changed its web address… I had updated the links so you can click through them now and find the appropriate pages linked.

          Not sure what the degree naming convention is for Arki grads from UP is so please have a look yourself. For example Bachelor in Library Science and Information Science in UP Diliman is not exempt but degrees obtained from 1985 following the BA (speciality) and BS (speciality) naming convention are exempt (except Engineering, Teaching/Education).

          2. NZ has its own assessing authority (NZQA) so nope WES evaluation will have no effect with NZ processes.

          3. Yep.

  75. Please I have a question to ask.
    1. If I turn 35years by October 13th 2019, will I still be qualify to apply for this Visa? Silver fern Visa?
    If yes please kindly furnish me with the necessary information.

    1. Hi Osas

      This has been discussed before… doesn’t matter if you’re already 35 on application date, as long as you are not 36 yet.

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