The “List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment” is a list which compares overseas qualifications to comparable New Zealand qualifications. If your qualification appears on this list, you do not need to pay for an International Qualifications Assessment (IQA) through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) for your resident visa application, which can be both time consuming and costly.

The list will be updated in two phases. Phase 1 will go live on 29th September 2023 and will cover the following countries and territories:


The updated list will be used for qualifications submitted for the following applications:


You are able to claim 3-6 points in the new Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) for a recognised qualification at a bachelor degree level or higher.

More qualifications from additional countries and territories will be added in future phrases.

If you want to know how this impacts your plans to get a New Zealand, and to get help deciphering the jargon, get in touch.

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