Upcoming Changes to NZQA’s Qualifications Recognition Services

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (‘NZQA’) recently notified stakeholders that in early 2020 their qualifications recognition services will change.

What is going to change?

A new online application portal will be introduced by NZQA alongside with a new fee structure and updated suite of products.

The Pre-Assessment Result (PAR) will no longer be available.

The International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) is also changing. An IQA will include one qualification, and specific add-on options will be available for those who intend to teach in New Zealand or require an assessment against skill shortage list requirements.

We also understand that there will be no agent accounts in the new application system.

What impact will this change have on migrants?

For immigration purposes, once the new online application portal for recognition of overseas qualifications is introduced, migrants will need to apply for an IQA, as PAR will no longer be an option. As the new fee structure is currently unavailable it not possible for us to comment on whether migrants would be negatively affected in this regard. We note that currently, the fee for an IQA is significantly higher compared to the fee for a PAR.

In terms of existing PARs, we understand that they will continue to be valid for one year from the time of completion. We also understand that Immigration New Zealand will continue to accept PARs to support Expressions of Interest for Skilled Migrant Category visa applications for another year. Immigration New Zealand will also accept IQAs.

What if you currently have an application with NZQA?

NZQA have assured that any current applications on foot will not be affected by these changes. NZQA will process existing applications within standard processing timeframes.

Applicants will also continue to have access to their user dashboard (until 9 June 2020) to check the status of their applications and download their results statement once the application has been completed.

More information about the upcoming changes will be published in due course on NZQA’s website.

What next?

We, like everybody else, await further details, including an implementation date and the new fee structure.

Talk to us

If you have any questions about these changes and what they mean for you and your family please contact our Immigration Team for professional legal advice that will give you peace of mind.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended as legal advice. It is important that you seek legal advice that is specific to your circumstances.

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Elly Fleming

Position: Associate
Email: elly.fleming@pittandmoore.co.nz
DDI: +64 3 545 6714