In my previous article about Introduction to Silver Fern Job Search Visa, we have gone through the list of basic requirements for Silver Fern Job Search Visa and one of the Qualification requirement is to have your degree assessed in case your college or university is not in the Exemption List. If your qualifications is in the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment, you do not require assessment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
In my case my college (L.D.College of Engineering, Gujarat University) is not the part of exemption list hence my qualification (B.E in Information Technology) needed to be referred to NZQA for an International Qualification Assessment. Visit – http://www.immigration.govt.nz/opsmanual/35171.htm to see if your Qualification is in exemption list or not. If not you need to apply for International Qualification Assessment (IQA) to New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Following are the steps you need to follow to apply for Skill Assessment.
Note: Before we move ahead, I would like to brief you about PAR – Pre Assessment Result. It is an indication of whether your Qualification would be assessed positively by NZQA. The Pre-assessment Result (PAR) is a provisional and non-binding assessment. You will not send any qualifications or supporting documents to NZQA, so the Pre-Assessment Result does not guarantee the result of any future assessment made by NZQA. A Pre-assessment Result will be sent to you 20 working days after receipt of a correct and complete application and confirmation of payment.
I have not opted for Pre-Assessment as I was certain that my degree will be assessed on Level 7 by NZQA It saved me Pre-assessment application fee of NZ$138″. My advise to you is don’t go for PAR if you are sure that you have not studied any complicated degree courses!!
NZQA IQA Application Fees: International Qualification Assessment – standard application fee is NZ$746 and International Qualification Assessment – fast track fee is additional NZ$404, means fast track process will cost you NZ$1150. Standard application will take anything less then 35 WORKING DAYS, where as opting for fast track process will reduce this time line by two weeks, i.e 20 WORKING DAYS.
How to Apply for NZQA – IQA Skill Assessment
Step 1. Open http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/
Step 2. Navigate to Qualification & Standards >> International qualifications (i.e – for details about this assessment.
Step 3. Complete the online International Qualification Assessment application form. Once completed, you will be given login details and you will be able to return to your application at any time to complete details or check progress.
Step 4. Click on No, we will creation an application now and enter necessary details and register your self, then Login with your credentials.
Click on Apply for an International Qualification Assessment (IQA) Application link
Step 5. You will require to enter details in following 9 steps and submit your application. Make sure that you pay extra NZ$41 courier charge for return of your original documents. Also if you are going to apply for Permanent residency tick the option of ‘Immigration’ apart from ‘Employment’ in the reasons why you need this IQA Report.
Now just follow the steps to complete your IQA application.
Step 1 – Personal and Contact Details
Step 2 – Qualification for Assessment
Step 3 – Secondary School Qualification
Step 4 – Vocational Training (optional)
Step 5 – Work Experience
Step 6 – Documents
Step 7 – Terms & Conditions
Step 8 – Payment and Submit Application
Step 9 – Print Cover Sheet
Step 6. After completing above process take print out of Cover Sheet and prepare your bunch of documents to be couriered to Wellington office, make sure that your are sending the documents by DHL or any other standard courier service so you can track your original documents online.
Following is the screen of Progress you will see once your documents will reach there, kindly note that the maximum time in your assessment will be taken for Allocation stage, because most of the NZQA officers are busy with loads of application they are receiving worldwide. Be patient during this stage
Step 6. Once all the stages completed by NZQA, your original documents will be sent back to you with the outcome of your application, it is positive always and you will be given credit based on your qualification and study.
Read in depth instructions about NZQA International Qualifications Assessment from the guide.
Just FYI: I have not sent my Resume, 10th, 12th Mark sheets and School Leaving certificates to NZQA because I have applied for my degree assessment, but I would advise you to send all the documents. Make sure that All the non-original documents are certified with seal, signature and date.
So this is all about the applying for NZQA – IQA Skill Assessment (Silver Fern Job Search Visa) you can use this assessment report for your immigration purpose also. I will appreciate your comments and feedback. Do let me know in case you have any doubt in above procedure. Next we will discuss about the English Language Requirement.