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    Not Jon .. but his wife here ....

    I'm sure this question has been asked a thousand times before but couldn't find it so ...

    I have a degree from a pre-approved university in the UK - according to the list it is assessed as a level 7.

    So .. do I still need to submit an application to the NZQA at any stage during our EOI/ITA application?

    Also, does it matter that the degree is in electronics and work experience is software .. yes, the 2 are related as I specialise in embedded software (for non-techies, I write code that sits in the procesor chip).

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    bugger .. just read the "tips for lodging skilled migrant applications"

    It states we need:
    "Full NZQA Assessment of your qualification, if you are claiming bonus points"

    Looks as though I'd better get cracking at it .. more money :-(

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    Hi Lou,

    While I am still a bit mystified over the whole process, it is my understanding that if you feel your qualification meets the requirements then you can go ahead and submit your EOT/ITA and then, if NZ Immigration feels that there is some question regarding your qualification they will let you know whether it needs to be assessed by NZQA. If they feel it is okay, then there would be no need to have it assessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banjo.Jon View Post
    Also, does it matter that the degree is in electronics and work experience is software .. yes, the 2 are related as I specialise in embedded software (for non-techies, I write code that sits in the procesor chip).
    Hi Lou, welcome to the forum.

    Your degree and your work experience should match up, but if you say yours are related I guess that's OK although I'd be prepared for NZIS to query it as it's not something that may be obvious to the likes of us 'lay people'.

    Whether your quals need to be assessed often depends on where it was that you got your degree i.e. whether it's recognised or not so if yours is from a listed uni then you should be OK. However, as Shell says, NZIS will soon tell you if there's any problem and you need to have it assessed. I did find a list of recognised institutes from the NZIS site but, as usual with that site, I can never get back to find things again .
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    Sounds a little more promising ....

    My degree is from Bournemouth university (post 1992) so is an approved university so might be worth submitting my EOI and see what NZIS request. As part of the course, we did study software but not the 50% that the Ozzies insisted upon, hence why we are back to our first choice of destination.

    and there we were thinking it was going to be plain sailing

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