Tuesday, March 3, 2015

5 years relevant work experience needed as per INZ LTSSL

The qualifications for using the LTSSL for Registered Nurses in Critical Care and Emergency, Medical, and Perioperative will be tightened to require five years relevant work experience (currently three years) to ensure that migrants are not competing with New Zealand nurse graduates for entry level positions.


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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Nursing Skills / Specialty that are listed on the Long term skills shortage list of NZ.

only the following specialty areas are listed on the Long term Skills shortage list of NZ as of FEB 2013

Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
Registered Nurse (Medical)
Registered Nurse (Perioperative)

***note*** you will need at least 3 years of work experience working in the exact same area to be able to apply for a working visa and qualify for bonus points if you will apply for Permanent Residency later on.

***note** the Nursing Council of New Zealand now requires applicants to have at least 2 years of paid work experience to be able to qualify for registration

HOWEVER : Employers can still recruit migrants in occupations that have been removed from the list (OTHER NURSING SPECIALTY NOT MENTIONED ABOVE). The employer will need to demonstrate genuine attempts to recruit suitable New Zealand citizens or residents and Immigration New Zealand will conduct a labour market test. If this test shows that there are no suitable New Zealand citizens or residents available in that location, temporary work visas may still be granted.

Monday, January 21, 2013

New Qualification Prescribed by the Nursing Council for Registered Nurses from Overseas

New Qualification Prescribed by the Nursing Council for Registered Nurses from Overseas
On May 2012, the Nursing Council of New Zealand (the Council) consulted on the qualifications prescribed by the Council for overseas registered nurses under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. A total of 67 written submissions were received. An analysis of the submissions found that most submitters supported all of the Councils proposals including a level seven qualification and post registration experience. The Council confirmed the following new prescribed qualifications at its December meeting.
From 1 March 2013 all overseas applications for registration will be required to meet the new prescribed qualifications which are as follows:
a) Current registration with an overseas regulatory authority; AND
b) Successful completion of a nursing programme that is, in the Nursing Council’s opinion, equivalent to a three year bachelor degree programme in nursing and at level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework;
AND c) Two years post-registration nursing practice as a registered nurse of at least 2,500 hours within the five years immediately preceding the date of the application; AND
d) At the direction of the Nursing Council successful completion of a Nursing Council approved competence assessment programme. The Council has deferred making changes to the English language standards until research conducted by Dr Leslie Hawthorn (commissioned by AHPRA) is available. This means the English language requirements remain at a 7 in all bands of IELTS and a B or A in all bands of an OET. The scores can be achieved over a succession of tests within 12 months of first sitting the test. Link to article here

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Advisory from Embassy of the Philippines in Wellington : Re: Student Visa


The Philippine Embassy urges registered nurses or nursing graduates, based in the Philippines and wishing to seek employment in New Zealand, to ensure that they observe the proper procedure in obtaining accreditation or recognition of their credentials as registered nurses with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NZ Nursing Council) before deciding to move to New Zealand in order to avoid incurring unnecessary and huge expenses. Philippine nurses are strongly advised to refrain from going to New Zealand unless they have passed the IELTS or OET in the Philippines and have completed the registration process by the NZ Nursing Council which they could do very well on their own.

The Embassy has noted the increasing number of nurses in New Zealand studying English to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET) on the notion that they would be able to pass these exams here more easily than in the Philippines. The Embassy wishes to remind everyone that the standards for these tests are the same wherever they may be administered. Moreover, many of these nurses also seem to be mistaken that entering and completing the study course here assures them of jobs as registered nurses in New Zealand. The Embassy wishes to emphasize that completing a course in New Zealand adds to one’s credentials, however, it is not a guarantee for a job as a registered nurse in this country. The Embassy wishes to point out that there have been many who have had to go back to the Philippines as they could not find jobs as registered nurses despite having spent so much money to get to New Zealand. Those who had gone back had either completed the course but did not pass the IELTS or OET, or passed the IELTS or OET but were unable to obtain the necessary recognition from the NZ Nursing Council.

To avoid getting into this situation, where one pays exorbitant fees and lands in such unfortunate circumstances, the Embassy urges those Philippine nurses interested in working in New Zealand to check the process of accreditation first so that all information and consequences are known to them. Details on International Registration may be found at the NZ Nursing Council website: www.nursingcouncil.org.nz. while information on living and working in New Zealand may be obtained from the New Zealand Immigration’s website: www.immigration.govt.nz.

Charge d’ Affaires, a.i.
05 April 2011


Monday, March 21, 2011

Notice from NCNZ about CAP slots

International nurse registration

Due to the high demand for places in the Competency assessment Programmes, there is a current waiting time of over 12 months to get into most of these.

There may be instances where a person who has been informed they need to complete a Competency Assessment Programme, may not be able to gain entry into one within the timeframe / life of their application.

We strongly advise Internationally Qualified Nurses needing to complete a Competence Assessment Programme not to come to New Zealand until they have a confirmed placement


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Latest Application Form & Guide October 2010

Latest Application Form & Guide January 2011

Application Form

Application Guide

New NCNZ Application Process

International nurse registration
New IQN application for registration process October 2010

In response to feedback the Council has implemented a new two stage application process.

The two stages of the application process are:

* Stage one, the application form is sent out, completed by the applicant and returned with the fee
* Stage two, the Council will send the applicant the transcript of training and the verification (also known as a letter of good standing) forms with an applicant identifier number.

The overall information and requirements for registration has not changed.

The changes in process should reduce the delays often experienced with documents arriving before an application has been submitted.

This change becomes effective from the 1st December 2010

latest bulletin October 28, 2010