I received a job offer from New Zealand. I have a degree well recognized in my country as a tertiary education. However it is not a bachelor's Degree.

It is a Diploma, usually called Associate Degree.

Is this diploma valid for me to immigrate as a Skilled Worker?


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    What country are you from?
    – Dan Getz
    Jul 19, 2015 at 15:53
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    Do you have a few years of professional work experience in your field? If you do, that may count toward making up the difference between an Associate and a Bachelor degree. Jul 19, 2015 at 19:46
  • I From Brazil, and I have more than 5 years of experience as Software Developer. Jul 19, 2015 at 21:01

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Your Associate Degree is probably considered level 5 or 6 in the NZQF. This counts for a certain number of points in the points-based assessment system of the Skilled Migrant category. A Bachelor's Degree would probably count for 10 more points. Years of work experience in your area of expertise also counts for points. From Can I apply under the Skilled Migrant Category:

Recognised qualification: We award 40-60 points for a variety of trade certificates, diplomas, bachelors degrees and post-graduate qualifications. You can get bonus points for qualifications, too.

If you haven't already, you should visit the Skilled Migrant Category Points Indicator to see how many points you might be eligible for. From what I guessed about your situation, you should be able to get at least 150 points easily (100 is the minimum required to submit an Expression of Interest).

An actual job offer looks like it's worth perhaps 70 points itself, which is most of the points you need anyway.

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