Pre-Assessment Result (PAR)

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A PAR can be submitted to Immigration New Zealand as an indication of what level your overseas qualification will compare to on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF). 

The process will take up to 20 working days from receipt of a correct and complete application and costs NZD138.  

Please note: We encourage applicants to apply directly for an IQA instead of a PAR as the IQA provides an in-depth assessment of your qualification(s) which you will also need should you decide to proceed with your residency application with Immigration New Zealand. An IQA can be used both for the Expression of Interest (EOI) application, and for your application to apply for residency.

Application Purposes

Immigration New Zealand may ask for a PAR as part of the Expression of Interest (EOI) that you will complete during the process of applying for the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa. The PAR is only used for immigration purposes, specifically for the EOI. It gives an indicative assessment of how your overseas qualification is likely to compare to a level on the NZQF.

Read more about Immigration New Zealand’s Expression of Interest (EOI)

About the PAR

The PAR provides only a comparison to a level on the NZQF, not a New Zealand qualification type (e.g., a bachelor’s degree).

Unlike the International Qualifications Assessment (IQA), the PAR is an assessment of one qualification. You will need to complete a new application for each qualification you would like assessed.

Because the PAR is not an in-depth assessment, qualifications that could not be recognised by NZQA with a PAR may be able to be recognised when submitted as part of an IQA. These include situations where:

  • there have been changes to the educational system in the country it was awarded, or
  • the recognition status of the education provider and/or awarding body cannot be confirmed, or
  • the qualification is no longer offered, or
  • the awarding body and education provider are in different countries.

It is possible that the outcome you receive on a PAR would differ from that obtained from an IQA because of additional information provided or gained during research for an IQA.

Results of the PAR are not binding.

The PAR is current for immigration purposes for one year from the date of issue and will become void on the completion of an IQA. 

There is no appeal process. QRS will not enter into any correspondence regarding the PAR. 

When your PAR is completed you will receive an electronic statement of your results. The results will indicate whether your qualification could be recognised at this stage. If the qualification could be recognised, the statement will include comparison to a level on the NZQF.

Read more information about Levels on the NZQF.

You can verify the results of your PAR online. Visit the verification page to upload your statement.

Next Steps

The PAR application form can be completed online and you do not need to submit any documentation. Include detailed information, such as information on prior study that allowed entry to the programme of study. You may be contacted for further information if necessary.

Before you begin your PAR application:

  • Be sure that you are completing the correct application. If you are unsure whether you need a PAR or an IQA, contact Immigration New Zealand, and
  • Have all relevant information about your qualification available, such as years for beginning and end of study and awarding body address, and
  • Remember to keep your NZQA user login details handy as this is how you can access information about your application and its outcome.


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