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Updates to the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment 21 August 2017

On 28 August 2017, the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (Appendix 3) will be updated.

It is recommended that people in the following situations check the updated lists as the changes might impact whether they can claim points for their qualifications without an individual assessment from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority:

  • those intending to complete an Expression of Interest under Skilled Migrant Category instructions
  • those who have already submitted an Expression of Interest

Note: those who have been invited to apply for residence before 28 August 2017 will not be affected by these changes.

People affected may need to apply to NZQA to have their qualifications assessed. They should also update their Expressions of Interest accordingly, or contact the Immigration Contact Centre if they have any concerns.

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (Appendix 3)

The following country lists in Appendix 3 will be updated:

  • Argentina - Academic Qualifications
  • Australia - Academic Qualifications
  • Austria - Academic Qualifications
  • Belgium - Academic Qualifications
  • Canada - Academic Qualifications
  • Czech Republic - Academic Qualifications
  • Denmark - Academic Qualifications
  • France - Academic Qualifications
  • Germany - Academic Qualifications
  • Germany - Craft and Trade Qualifications
  • Germany - Technical Vocational Qualifications
  • Hong Kong - Academic Qualifications
  • Hungary - Academic Qualifications
  • India - Academic Qualifications
  • Indonesia - Academic Qualifications
  • Iran - Academic Qualifications
  • Ireland - Academic Qualifications
  • Ireland - Craft and Trade Qualifications
  • Ireland - Technical Craft Related Qualifications
  • Israel - Academic Qualifications
  • Italy - Academic Qualifications
  • Japan - Academic Qualifications
  • Malaysia - Academic Qualifications
  • Netherlands - Academic Qualifications
  • New Zealand
  • People’s Republic of China - Academic Qualifications
  • Philippines - Academic Qualifications
  • Poland - Academic Qualifications
  • Romania - Academic Qualifications
  • Singapore - Academic Qualifications
  • South Africa - Academic Qualifications
  • South Africa - Technical and Vocational Qualifications
  • South Africa - Trade Qualifications
  • South Korea - Academic Qualifications
  • South Pacific - Academic Qualifications
  • Sri Lanka - Academic Qualifications
  • Sweden - Academic Qualifications
  • Switzerland - Academic Qualifications
  • Taiwan - Academic Qualifications
  • Thailand - Academic Qualifications
  • United Kingdom - Academic Qualifications
  • United Kingdom - Technical and Vocational Qualifications
  • United Kingdom - Trade and Craft Qualifications
  • United States of America - Academic Qualifications

Two new country lists are also being created within Appendix 3, to incorporate qualifications currently contained in Appendix 8 ‘Qualifications recognised as an exception’, which is being rescinded:

  • South Africa - Other Trade Qualifications (formerly ‘South Africa Exceptions’ in Appendix 8)
  • United Kingdom - Other Trade Qualifications (formerly ‘United Kingdom Exceptions’ in Appendix 8)

The changes include:

  • Addition and removal of qualifications
  • Addition and removal of institutions
  • Changes to qualification levels
  • Changes to points that can be claimed for qualifications
  • Changes to qualification awarding dates.

The updated lists effective from 28 August 2017 are included in Amendment Circular 2017/12.

Amendment Circular 2017-12 PDF 2MB