IQAs for immigration

Find out when you need an International Qualification Assessment (IQA) for immigration purposes, and whether to apply for a skill shortage evaluation add-on.

When you need an IQA for immigration purposes

Immigration New Zealand will tell you if you need an IQA.

Usually, this is if:

You do not need an IQA if your qualification is on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment (LQEA) and you are not applying under a Skill Shortage List.

Contact Immigration New Zealand before you apply for an IQA to confirm if you need an assessment and which of your qualifications needs to be assessed.

Immigration NZ

When you need a Skill Shortage List Assessment add-on

If you are applying to Immigration New Zealand under an occupation listed on one of the Skill Shortage Lists, you may need a Skill Shortage List Assessment add-on, as well as an IQA. The add-on evaluates your qualification against specific criteria for your occupation.

Select the list you are applying under to find out if you need to apply for an add-on with your IQA:

Note: Use the applicable PDF list above to find the Occupation Group name which you will need to enter in the QA application form.

Skill shortages – Immigration New Zealand

Immigration help and advice

Contact Immigration New Zealand directly for immigration advice. NZQA is not able to provide information about migrating to New Zealand.

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