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Old 26th June 2019, 02:40 PM
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Hello everyone,

I am interested in a Skilled Migrant Visa as it seems to be my best option to immigrate to NZ.
Iím a bit lost about how much points I could claim and if I need an IQA or not ?

What I figured out is :
- I am 34yrs old --> 30pts
- I have a masterís degree in Space Engineering (from a French university on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment) --> 70Pts
- I have only worked in Software Engineering (analysing requirements, IVV, dev) about 9 years --> 40Pts
- And since it is on the LTSS --> 15 bonus Pts

Total : 155Pts (with a job offer I would have a good score)

My questions are :
- Can I claim points for my work experience if my qualification is not in the same field ?

If I don't have to get my qualification assessed :
- What evidence can I provide for my work experience (Ask former employers for a list of the tasks I performed ?)

- For my LTSS experience to be recognised I need :
A qualification comparable to NZQF Level 7 or higher, with a letter from
IT Professionals New Zealand certifying that the applicantís degree and
any further learning meet the educational requirements towards
Chartered IT Professional New Zealand status
AND
a minimum of three years' relevant post-qualification work experience.

I have the qualification (it does not mention the field so mine is OK) and the relevant work experience, so I just need to get a certification from IT Professionals NZ ?

If my experience can only be valid with the right qualification:
- Is it possible to get a qualification from NZQA based on the work experience ?
- Will I need both IQA and letter from ITP to claim LTSS points ?

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First of all, you ONLY score the additional 15 bonus points on LTSSL if you match the requirements of the occupation exactly and I don't think you do. A Masters degree is too high a level for this. It needs to be a Level 7 Bachelor degree. You must check.

Yes you can claim points for work experience if your qualification is not in the same field but Immigration may not allow it. Up to you if you want to take the risk. Immigration will fully explain if they disagree and remove the points.

Work experience should be a formal letter on company headed paper - from all companies you have worked for where you are claiming for those experience years stating that you worked for them in the particular role claimed, stating responsibilities, salary, hours of work and duration.
If you can't get this then try harder.
If you still can't get this then try a lower tier manager or even at worst case a colleague. If ou don't have the company paper you may need the letter to be attested by a lawyer that it is true and all that jazz.
If this fails then all you can use is salary slips, proof of salary deposits, tax returns, income tax proof of income and tax payments............basically anything you can provide. You can't ever provide too much info but you can provide too little.

Yes sounds like you may need IPENZ assessment. Good luck with that. I hear and read it is a complicated process.

NZQA only assess qualifications and they are only an assessment department. They do not assess work experience, that is done by the Immigration case officer. NZQA don't give you a qualification. All they do is assess what Level your overseas qualification meets in accordance with the NZQF and give you a certificate or formal notice of what level it has achieved for the purposes of the visa application.

Yes it is highly possible you will need both IQA and IPENZ assessments at desired outcomes to be awarded the bonus points associated with LTSSL.

At the end of the day, if you cannot reach 160 points you have NO CHANCE of being selected from the EOI pool so don't even submit as you'd be wasting your time and money.
If you do reach minimum 160 points but don't have a job offer you WILL NOT be approved for this visa. The best you will get is a 12 month job search visa.
Essentially you need a job offer.

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Thanks for your quick answers.

For the LTSS, is says "Level 7 or higher", so a Masterís degree fits here.

You said I will need both IQA and IPENZ. But if IQA can't grant me an assessment based on experience and my work experience needs to be in the same field as the assessment they would give me, then doesn't it seem useless to contact them ?

So, I have no chance of getting a visa under 160pts.
Best case scenario I managed to get a job offer in the LTSS list outside of Auckland, based on the points indicator for Skilled Migrant EOI, I could reach 190pts.
Will I get a chance to get selected in the EOI pool ? Or I will be with people with at least 230pts who will get selected before me ?

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For the qualification requirement of LTSSL it isn't just as easy as Level 7 or higher. If you do not have a Level 7 degree then the higher level degree must meet strict requirements of minimum credits and focus areas.
If you can't make it clear if you meet the requirements from this then IPENZ is possible to give you that answer. IPENZ carry out a much more in depth assessment of your qualification to assess if the content satisfies key focus areas required for Software Engineer and it also uses work experience as you can still have the practical knowledge through years of experience instead of having the perfect qualification. If their assessment is good you'll be able to claim the additional points.

Correct. You have zero chance of this visa unless you score at least 160 on the EOI and they must be solid points you can justify at the time of EOI submission.
ALL EOI''s with 160 or more are selected from the pool automatically. The more points you have doesn't mean it'll be any easier or quicker. The more points claimed means you have more to prove by providing the evidence.
Getting a job offer is pretty key nowadays.
Immigration won't look at you any more favorable with 190 or 230. All it means is the processing will be higher priority as it'll have a job offer with those points.

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Thanks
But apparently since last year the assessment for Software engineering are now done by ITPNZ and not IPENZ

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