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    Question EOI discarded because of over-qualification?

    Hello everybody,

    my husband and I have lodged an EOI for the skilled migrant category that has been selected with 130 points, but INZ have lowered these points to 105 because my husband’s qualification is apparently too high.

    We’re claiming bonus points for his qualification (and the related work experience) in one of the LTSSL professions (ICT Professional – ICT Security Specialist), which requires “a Bachelor degree (Level 7) specialising in Information Technology [...] AND three years of relevant work experience”.

    The problem is that my husband’s degree is included in the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment, and it is compared to a Masters degree, so to a level 9 qualification.



    We are being discarded because he’s too qualified.



    So my questions are:

    - Did this happen to anyone? What did you do? Did you just give up trying to claim bonus points for your qualification?

    - Why is a level 7 degree ok, while a level 9 is not ok? Shouldn’t it be even better? Can you please help me understand the reason for this distinction?

    - Could we request an assessment to the NZQA, or since my husband’s degree is on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment, they could refuse to provide it (or Immigration could discard this assessment)? On the INZ and the NZQA websites I can only find that you are exempt from the assessment if you are on this list, but I can’t find anywhere that you can’t request the assessment even if you’re on the list. I don’t want to throw away money on something that’s plain useless.

    - Do you have any suggestions for us? We’re both currently employed and we own our place, so a working vacation of some kind is out of the question.



    Thank you all

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    Hi,

    If the requirement for some profession in LTSSL is Level 7 then it means level 7, no more, no less. In some countries it is possible to gain higher level in some field e.g. Information Technology without taking the basic course for that course. e.g. Someone did a 4 years of Bachelors in Commerce and later on he did a 2 years of Masters in Computer Science which is equivalent to Level - 9 and to filter out such cases, I think INZ doesn't excepts higher levels. I think your case would have been the same. What about the Bachelor Degree of your Husband ?

    Regards,

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    The thing is, his degree contains both the Bachelor Degree and the Master. It's for a total of 5 years of study.
    Here in Italy we didn't have what you call Bachelor Degree until a few years ago. We have them now, and they require 3 years of study, but they're considered sort of a "shorter" kind of degree.
    The most common, and more highly considered, type of Degree here is the 5-years one, which is considered equivalent to a 9-level NZ qualification.

    Would an assessment from NZQA help, at all?

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    Did your husband has IQA report from NZQA, in which they awarded the certain level e.g. level 7 or level 9, etc...
    If you have this report then ask why you are not accepting?
    If his qualification is exempt from the assessment then bring a letter/email from NZQA. This qualification is exempt from the assessment and its on level xyz

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    Quote Originally Posted by kismet76 View Post
    The thing is, his degree contains both the Bachelor Degree and the Master. It's for a total of 5 years of study.
    Here in Italy we didn't have what you call Bachelor Degree until a few years ago. We have them now, and they require 3 years of study, but they're considered sort of a "shorter" kind of degree.
    The most common, and more highly considered, type of Degree here is the 5-years one, which is considered equivalent to a 9-level NZ qualification.

    Would an assessment from NZQA help, at all?
    Hi,

    I haven't heard of any such thing before. May be some other people on the forum can help you. But 5 years are too much for a bachelors degree because in NZQA except MBBS degree, all bachelor degrees are either of 3 or 4 years and yours is 5 years and they don't have such a degree in NZ. Can you university issue a separate certificate of completion (Degree) for first 3 years ? In that Case you can get the Level 7.

    Regards,

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    - Why is a level 7 degree ok, while a level 9 is not ok? Shouldn’t it be even better? Can you please help me understand the reason for this distinction?
    Here's a post I made recently on this point.
    http://www.enz.org/forum/showthread....163#post463163

    I think you're asking questions that it would need specialist knowledge to answer, which we on the forum don't have. You don't exactly fit the mould, and INZ usually proceeds by ticking the boxes they've been set exactly. It will probably need a conversation with an expert from INZ to see if there is a way to satisfy them. You'll need to get to talk to a manager of some kind, not the usual telephone-answerers, who are just a kind of human FAQ service, working from a database.

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