Migration skills assessment general information

Migration skills assessment - general information

Q. Is CA ANZ the correct assessing authority for my application?

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

Q. Can you advise if my qualifications are suitable before I submit my application?

A: No, it is not possible to offer pre-assessment advice due to the complex nature of a skills assessment. A formal assessment needs to be completed before any advice is provided.

Q. Do I need an adviser authority to apply for a skills assessment?

A: No, applications can be made by individuals as well as adviser authority. Ensure you understand the details of your personal visa requirements as set by Immigration New Zealand or engage the services of an adviser authority to assist you with your visa application before submitting your skills assessment application to CA ANZ. 

Q. If my overseas qualification is not comparable to an Australian bachelor’s degree, am I eligible to apply for skills assessment?

A: No, to apply for skills assessment you must hold a New Zealand awarded qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) level 7 or higher or overseas qualifications comparable to the standard of the New Zealand bachelor’s degree qualification.

Q. Can you provide me with a list of recognised universities and degree qualifications?

A: Please refer to our CAANZ Accredited Tertiary Courses (ATC) lists in the Related Downloads section.

To assess the general education level of overseas tertiary and/or professional membership qualification, CA ANZ follows the guidelines of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Q. My skills assessment outcome indicates that I must complete further studies. What are my options?

A: You may wish to bridge your knowledge in the mandatory competency areas by completing additional studies through: 

Q. How long is my 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 review (update) 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. 

Q. How long is my skills assessment outcome letter valid for? 

A. 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

Q. What is a review and appeal application?

A: A review (update) and appeal can be requested if you hold a valid skills assessment application with CA ANZ.

A review application can be requested for the following reason: 

  • update an existing application with additional details 

An appeal application can be requested if you would like to dispute the decision. You believe the assessment outcome is incorrect, and an error has been made.  

If you believe the assessment outcome is incorrect and, an error has been made, an appeal can only be submitted within 60 days from the date of your skills assessment outcome letter. You must include detailed reasons why you believe the original outcome is incorrect. No additional or altered documentation can be submitted. An appeal will be assessed by a different or senior assessor within CA ANZ who was not involved in the original outcome. The assessor will re-assess all documentation with particular focus on the comments and reasons you provided on your appeal application. If the appeal identifies that an error has been made that affects the skills assessment outcome, CA ANZ will issue a revised skills assessment outcome. An appeal fee is payable and will be refunded if the appeal is successful.

Q. I have worked several years as an accountant, but I do not have any formal qualifications, can you assess my skills?

A: No, you must hold a New Zealand awarded qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) level 7 or higher or overseas qualifications comparable to the standard of the New Zealand bachelor’s degree qualification.  

If you do not hold tertiary or professional qualification, assessable as comparable to at least the level of a New Zealand bachelor’s degree, your qualification will be assessed as not suitable for migration skills assessment. 

Migration skills Assessment supporting documents

Q. I do not have a university handbook/course outline, what can I do?

A: Most universities keep information about their courses. If you have not retained your course outlines you must contact your university and ask them to provide you with the description of the subjects.

If you studied in recent years, the information may also be available on the university website and you may print out the relevant sections, providing you include the website address on all the pages of the downloaded handbook.

If the years and subject names on your statement of academic record do not correspond to those of the handbook information, documentation from the university must be supplied to state that the information applies to the years in which you completed your study.

Without course outlines we cannot fully assess your qualifications, as we cannot determine what you studied. We cannot accept a statutory declaration in lieu of course descriptions certified by the university.

Q. How much information should my syllabus contain?

A: The syllabus/course description should contain enough detail to demonstrate that you have covered the competency areas mandatory for your nominated occupation. We do not provide a list of topics we use to assess the syllabus.

Q. What if my qualifications are from China?

A: If you hold a Chinese degree you will need to apply to have your bachelor’s degree certificate, graduation certificate and academic transcript verified through the Vocational Education Training and Assessment Services (VETASSESS).

Q. Do my documents need to be translated into English?

A: Yes. Documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation completed by a certified translator. You must include an original colour scanned copy of the original language documents as well as an original colour scanned copy of the translated document with your application.

If you reside in New Zealand, you must enclose an English translation completed by a translator accredited by the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters.

If you reside outside New Zealand, you must enclose an English translation completed by a translator who is certified by the appropriate authorities of your country of residence. The translation must include the full name of the translator, contact details, the name of the company/ department the translator works for (if applicable) and certificate number (and/or stamp) of the translator (if applicable).

Migration Skills Assessment online portal

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Links and Resources

Immigration New Zealand – Information on visa requirements, immigration and citizenship

Skill Shortage List checker, Immigration New Zealand – Information on Regional Skills Shortage List

Immigration Advisers Authority – Information on New Zealand Immigration Advisers Authority

Australian Bureau Statistics (ABS) – The ABS and Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) have completed a review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

ANZCO definition search facility, ABS – Search facility to help users find occupation definitions

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) – Understanding New Zealand qualifications

New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) - The New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) is the heart of New Zealand’s education system.

My eQuals - The Official Platform of Australian and New Zealand Tertiary Education Providers - Providing secure access to certified official transcripts and degree documents

VETASSESS – Information on Chinese qualification verification


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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