Skills assessment for accountants in New Zealand

CA ANZ is approved by Immigration New Zealand to conduct skills assessments for accountants who wish to apply for a New Zealand visa using the Regional Skills Shortage List (RSSL).

CA ANZ is approved by Immigration New Zealand to conduct skills assessments for accountants who wish to apply for a New Zealand visa using the Regional Skills Shortage List (RSSL).

Skills assessment criteria

CA ANZ will assess your educational qualifications to determine if they meet the educational standards for the Accountant (General) occupation.

If your educational qualifications meet the educational standards for the Accountant (General) occupation, CA ANZ will provide you with a letter certifying that your degree and any further learning meet the benchmark requirements towards CAANZ professional status in New Zealand.

The ANZSCO provides information on the skill level of jobs, qualifications and/or experience needed to work in occupations. Occupation definitions can be found on Australian Bureau of Statistics

Degree comparability

You must hold a New Zealand awarded qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) level 7 or higher or overseas tertiary and/or professional membership qualification comparable to the standard of the New Zealand bachelor’s degree qualification.

Competency areas

You must complete all mandatory competency areas that are relevant to your nominated occupation.

Processing times

The current average processing time is 15 business days, however please refer to our approximate processing times depending on the type of application.

Please note: The processing times may vary depending on the volume of applications received.

An urgent request may be considered. You must clearly explain your reason along with evidence to support your request.

The processing time is calculated from the date the application is received, provided all required documents have been submitted. If you are required to provide further documentation, the processing time will commence once these documents have been received.

How long is your skills assessment application valid for?  

Your application with CA ANZ is valid for three (3) years from the date of your initial skills assessment outcome. Your initial skills assessment outcome must be valid to apply for a review/update or appeal. Any subsequent updates will not reset the expiration date of an application.  

After the expiry of the three (3) year validity period you may apply for a new skills assessment and pay the relevant assessment fee. Any such skills assessment application would be based on the entry requirements at that time and would take into consideration any additional tertiary/professional qualification completed in the interim. 

How long is your assessment outcome letter valid for? 

Your skills assessment outcome letter (including outcome letter of review/update application) is valid with New Zealand Immigration for three (3) years from the date of issue.  

What you should know

  • Ensure you understand the details of your personal visa requirements as set by the Immigration New Zealand before submitting your skills assessment application to CA ANZ.
  • All decisions relating to eligibility for New Zealand visas are at the discretion of Immigration New Zealand. CA ANZ does not provide specific information on migration or visa requirements. Enquiries relating to visa and migration requirements should be directed to the Immigration New Zealand.
  • CA ANZ does not assess skilled employment for New Zealand visas.
  • CA ANZ will refuse to assess applications if suspected false and/or non-authentic information or documentation is provided. CA ANZ will issue a negative outcome letter to applicant confirming that: ‘Based on the documentation submitted, CA ANZ is unable to confirm authenticity and therefore the outcome of the assessment is negative’. Suspected falsification will be notified to Immigration New Zealand and other accounting assessing authorities. A ban on reapplying may be imposed and the application fee will not be refunded.

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The content on this website is provided for general information purposes only and does not take into account your personal circumstances, details or requirements. Chartered Accountants Australian and New Zealand (CA ANZ) does not provide specific advice in relation to migration or visa requirements. Enquiries relating to visa and migration requirements should be directed to the New Zealand Immigration. You should seek independent professional advice regarding your specific circumstances and consult with the New Zealand Immigration as necessary.

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