Points for Qualifications*
If you wish to claim points for your qualification in your Expression of Interest, you need to prove that your qualification is comparable to a recognised New Zealand Qualification and that it is of the required standard.
* Important changes have just been announced that will affect your points eligibility and will be implemented in mid-August 2017. Read more about the Skilled Migrant Category changes.
Principal applicants under the Skilled Migrant Category must submit their qualifications and provide evidence that the qualifications are on a sufficient level on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.
How many points can you claim for your qualification?
- Recognised level 4-6 qualification (trade qualification, diploma) 40 points
- Recognised level 7 or 8 qualification (bachelors degree, bachelors degree with Honours) 50 points
- Recognised level 9 or 10 qualification (Masters Degree, Doctorate) 60 points
NOTE: Points for recognised qualifications are not cumulative. You can claim points for one qualification only.
Recognition of qualifications
A recognised qualification is a qualification that occupies a level on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) which qualifies it for points by reference to
- the level that the qualification occupies on the NZQF as assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
- the level that the qualification occupies on the NZQF as set out in the List of Qualifications Recognised as an Exception
- the level that the qualification occupies on the NZQF as set out in the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment
- the level that the qualification occupies on the NZQF having regard to the full or provisional registration of the principal applicant by a New Zealand organisation authorised by law to give occupational registration, if that registration involves an assessment that the principal applicants overseas qualification is comparable with a New Zealand qualification that is included in the List of Qualifications Exempt from assessment.
Does my qualification need to be assessed by the NZQA?
Our Licensed Immigration Advisers will assess your qualification documents and let you know whether your qualifications need to be externally assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. If this is necessary, we will prepare and lodge an application for an assessment of your qualification with NZQA.
Do I have to apply for professional registration?
In New Zealand professional registration is required by law to undertake employment in certain professions. This will also affect the number of points you will be able to claim for your Expression of Interest. In order for a qualification to qualify for points on the bases of full or provisional registration, sufficient evidence must be provided.
Claim bonus points for your qualifications
In addition to the points above, you will be able to claim bonus points in your Expression of Interest for
- a recognised New Zealand level 7 qualification (bachelor degree) following 2 years of full-time study in New Zealand
- a recognised post-graduate New Zealand qualification following 1 or 2 years of full-time study in New Zealand
- a qualification in an identified future growth area
- a qualification in an area of absolute skill shortage
- recognised partner qualifications
Go back to our Quick Self-Check Guide.
Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:
- How many points will you need to have a realistic chance?
- Will you be able to claim points for your qualifications?
- Will you be able to claim bonus points for your professional expertise?
- Is your profession on one of the Skill Shortages Lists?
- Do you have to be registered in New Zealand?
- How can you get help with finding a job?
- Will you meet the English language requirements?
Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers
If you want to find out more about obtaining the right visa for New Zealand, contact Julia Cooke, Licensed Immigration Adviser at NZIC.Ask Julia for a Free Assessment