According to Amendment Circular 2015-04, on 30 March 2015, the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (Appendix 3) and the Qualifications Recognised as an Exception (Appendix 8) will be updated.

It is recommended that people in the following situations check the updated lists as the changes might have impacted 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, or
  • those who have already submitted an Expression of Interest, or
  • those who have been Invited to Apply for residence.

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (Appendix 3)

The following country lists in Appendix 3 will be updated:

  • Australia (Academic Qualifications)
  • Germany (Academic Qualifications)
  • Germany (Craft and Trade Qualifications)
  • Germany (Technical Vocational Qualifications)
  • Philippines (Academic Qualifications)
  • South Africa (Academic Qualifications)
  • South Africa (Technical and Vocational Qualifications)
  • South Africa (Trade Qualifications)
  • South Korea (Academic Qualifications)
  • Sri Lanka (Academic Qualifications)
  • United Kingdom (Academic Qualifications)
  • United Kingdom (Technical and Vocational Qualifications), and
  • United Kingdom (Trade and Craft Qualifications).

The changes include:

  • Addition and removal of qualifications
  • Addition and removal of institutions
  • Changes to qualification levels
  • Changes to qualification awarding dates.

Qualifications Recognised as an Exception (Appendix 8)

The following country lists in Appendix 8 will be updated:

  • Germany Exceptions
  • South Africa Exceptions
  • United Kingdom Exceptions