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Thread: Can you claim "future growth area" points for software engineering with IQA only, no IPENZ?

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    Default Can you claim "future growth area" points for software engineering with IQA only, no IPENZ?

    This may be a question for me to email directly to someone at INZ, but you guys are such a great sounding board (cough JandM cough...you're amazing lol) so I'll think out loud here first :-)

    Alright, so after checking with IPENZ about what a pain in the butt the KA02 form is going to be, I'm wondering if we even need to go to the trouble. I revisited the points checker, and we can get to 160 with a job offer, even in Auckland, if my husband claims "future growth area" points - but NOT LTSSL points.

    (I also left off his work experience points for now, since many of the companies he worked for were start ups that didn't last, so any letters he gets to support his employment claims will have to be from personal contacts swearing they used to work there...but that's beside my current point - back to the IPENZ question!)

    Anyway, looking at the "evidence" requirements indicated in the points checker, I'm getting the impression that "future growth area" points are based on someone simply looking up his academic transcript (I hope IQA would take care of this??):
    "If you're invited to apply for residence, we'll ask you to provide a copy of your academic transcript that shows that the major subject of your qualification is in the same future growth area in which you are or will be working."

    The "long term skill shortage list" evidence looks to be more involved. So is this where IPENZ comes in?
    "If you're invited to apply for residence, the evidence we'll ask you to provide will depend on whether or not you have skilled employment in an area of absolute skills shortage in New Zealand.If you're already working in or have been offered skilled employment in New Zealand, we'll ask you for evidence that your qualification is the reason you have the specialist, technical or managerial expertise necessary to do your work.
    If you don't have skilled employment, we'll ask you for evidence that you meet all the ‘bonus point requirements' listed for your occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List."


    It would be lovely if we only had to do IQA, and not IPENZ as well, to get the "future growth area" points. Other software engineers have been posting about how difficult it is to satisfactorily fill out the KA02 form. (Hubby's degree is not in the Washington accord/exempt list)

    As a follow up question, would it seem weird to a case officer if my husband leaves off things that could get us extra points, because his experience and LTSSL points would be so expensive in both time and money to document sufficiently? Do they care, as long as we're at 160 points and the interview shows we're well prepared to settle in NZ?
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    Anything like this is always a matter of arguing your case convincingly to INZ. Some people don't want to get into that, so they go along with getting IPENZ. The parts you have quoted certainly LOOK as if they could mean what you have interpreted them to mean. As you have the confidence to try, it looks worth asking INZ what their opinion is.

    Have you also found the INZ operational manual? http://onlineservices.immigration.go...anual/6954.htm That section has all the detailed regulations relating to SMC, and may be helpful.

    To your last paragraph, no, you don't have to use everything you COULD use. If you've got enough points, that's okay.

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    I am a software developer. I only claim future growth area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JandM View Post
    Anything like this is always a matter of arguing your case convincingly to INZ. Some people don't want to get into that, so they go along with getting IPENZ. The parts you have quoted certainly LOOK as if they could mean what you have interpreted them to mean. As you have the confidence to try, it looks worth asking INZ what their opinion is.
    Sounds good :-) Since we are not even in the EOI stage yet, I suppose the best way to get ahold of INZ is through their website contact email - I'll give it a go.

    The online manual is useful for defining terms, but for really delving deep we're sure lucky to have you and the forum in general! You sure put a lot of time into helping everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegray View Post
    I am a software developer. I only claim future growth area.
    Good to know, bluegray! So the NZQA assessment was enough? No need for IPENZ forms in your case?

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