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Pre-Assessment Result (PAR)
Designed for immigration purposes, the Pre-Assessment Result (PAR) is an indicative assessment of how your international qualification is likely to fit within the New Zealand context. It's a part of the Expression of Interest that you'll complete for Immigration NZ, during the process of applying for the Skilled Migrant immigrant visa.
What is a qualification?
A qualification is a complete programme of learning that is offered by an accredited education provider in the country in which it is awarded, at the time of study, and is a minimum of (approximately) one full-time semester of study.
Accredited education providers and/or qualifications are those that are recognised by a government or government-mandated authority in the country in which the qualification was studied and awarded, at the time of study.
The PAR should only be used for the Expression of Interest for Immigration NZ, as a step along the path towards your move to New Zealand.
Who needs to complete the PAR?
Anyone who's completing an 'Expression of Interest' through Immigration NZ, where they've requested you to complete a PAR to support your Expression of Interest application.
Do I need a Pre-Assessment Result?
Question 1Are you intending to submit an Expression of Interest to Immigration New Zealand?
A PAR is generally a part of the Expression of Interest for the Skilled Migrant Visa through Immigration NZ.
Question 2Does your qualification appear on the list of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment?
Please check this list before you proceed.
Question 3Did you study, full-time, for at least one semester for your qualification?
Question 4Could your qualification be classed as an industry certification or registration?
Answer 1You don't need to submit a PAR.If you have any questions, please check with Immigration New Zealand or the person who requested you complete an assessment.
Answer 2You don't need to submit a PAR.Note: If you're in a professional field you may still need to contact the professional body within New Zealand to have your qualification recognised with them. Please check with Immigration NZ
Answer 3You don't need to submit a PAR.Without a semester of full-time study, your qualification may not be able to be recognised by NZQA, which could affect your ability to gain a Skilled Migrant Visa. Talk to Immigration NZ with further questions.
Answer 4You don't need to submit a PAR.Your qualification may not be able to be recognised by NZQA. Our definition of a qualification is a complete programme of learning that meets these NZQA criteria:
- the programme of learning is offered by a recognised provider of higher education in the country in which it's awarded
- the programme of learning is a minimum of one full-time semester of study (approximately)
Answer 5Please complete a PAR application.
PAR or IQA
The IQA will give you a report of how your international qualification fits into the New Zealand system, while the PAR is only an indication.
If you're immigrating to New Zealand, the first stage in this process is often an 'Expression of Interest' with Immigration NZ, for which you may need to complete a PAR. After the Expression of Interest stage, you may receive an 'Invitation to Apply' – and this is when you would come to NZQA to complete the IQA and establish where your qualification fits in the New Zealand context. Once you have an IQA, your PAR is no longer valid.
- To check whether the PAR is the correct assessment you need, we suggest you start with our flowchart.
How long does it take to have my PAR assessed?
It will take approximately 20 working days. However this time may increase if we need to contact you to clarify any of the information about your qualification that you've put in your application. The 20 days are counted from the time we receive a correct and complete application, as well as confirmation of payment.
How much does it cost?
There is an application fee of NZ $138 for the PAR, which is paid at the last step of your online application.
When the PAR can't recognise your qualification
In some cases we won't be able to provide an indication of how your qualification will likely fit within the NZQF, due to these reasons:
- The age of your qualification
- Educational changes in the country it was awarded
- The accreditation status of the education provider who awarded your qualification
- Whether your qualification is in fact considered a qualification
- Where the awarding body and study education provider are situated in different countries
- Your qualification is an academic high school qualification
Guide to applying for a PAR
- Apply online
You can complete the online PAR form. Unlike the IQA, with the PAR you aren't required to send any documentation. However we ask that you be as detailed as possible with your qualification information, and you'll need to complete a separate PAR form for each qualification you'd like to have assessed.
- Use your PAR for your immigration process
Armed with your PAR, which gives you an indication of where your qualification will fit within the New Zealand context, you should be able to complete your Expression of Interest with Immigration NZ. If this is successful, you'll be given an 'Invitation to Apply' to continue your process towards moving to New Zealand. As a part of this process, you may then need to go on to complete an International Qualifications Assessment (IQA), also completed by NZQA – please check whether you're required to complete an IQA with Immigration NZ before applying.