Question for New Zealand DV winners

#1
Hi, New Zealander OCDV2020 13xx here!

This question is for New Zealanders familar with our education system. Some context about my NZ education: I completed high school all the way to 7th form, I completed NCEA 1 and 2 but did not fully pass level 3. I now have a bachelor of communications.

I am affaid that during my interview I may be rejected because I did not complete 7th form at high school. I’ve read reports stating that I only need to present at least a 6th form certificate. Other forum members have said the consulate officers have been known to just accept a bachelors degree as evidence of education. Other forum posters have been rejected for similar situations in other countries.

What are your experiences, should I be nervous?
 

Aidyn

Active Member
#2
I believe you will need level 3 to be eligible to use education for your interview (@Bob22 as a recently approved Kiwi, can you confirm this?) Depending on the CO on the day they may accept your degree, but they also may not.
You may be best to prepare using your work experience, do you have 2 years in an o-net qualified job?
 

SusieQQQ

Well-Known Member
#3
Hi, New Zealander OCDV2020 13xx here!

This question is for New Zealanders familar with our education system. Some context about my NZ education: I completed high school all the way to 7th form, I completed NCEA 1 and 2 but did not fully pass level 3. I now have a bachelor of communications.

I am affaid that during my interview I may be rejected because I did not complete 7th form at high school. I’ve read reports stating that I only need to present at least a 6th form certificate. Other forum members have said the consulate officers have been known to just accept a bachelors degree as evidence of education. Other forum posters have been rejected for similar situations in other countries.

What are your experiences, should I be nervous?
Background: The previous education qualification used to be “ a high school diploma”, and that had led to rejection of people with university degrees but incomplete high school. A year or two back, they changed the requirement to “at least” a high school diploma, which has been interpreted (by us) as it being ok to have incomplete high school if you have a completed course of higher education. As you correctly point out, the education requirement has been inconsistently applied in the past - even at the same consulate.

Your situation: what is NZ equivalent to? In most countries, a 6th form equivalent would be equivalent to US high school - but do you have a diploma stating that 6th for, is complete? (I don’t know the NZ system). In your case I’d personally be inclined to use the bachelors, while acknowledging there is a risk. And as aidyn recommends, if you also qualify on work experience, I would prepare that pack in case it is needed.
 

Bob22

Active Member
#4
We've already spoken over PM, but at least in my time (late 90s) you literally got a certificate stating you have successfully completed high school. That's what the consulate wan't to see. I am not sure about the degree because I just showed them my certificate and left it at that.

Now, here's the interesting thing. On the documentation they sent me prior to the interview, it clearly states you only need to have completed 6th form (year 12). Here is the exact text, copied and pasted. So that perked my interest although I'd finished high school entirely so never followed up. But it does seem 6th form may have been enough. (The NZ system goes to Year 13)

Evidence of required education or work experience: Provide original documentation showing satisfactory completion of at least 12 years schooling, including 4 years high school education. If you do not qualify with at least 4 years High School (N.Z. 6th Form or grade 12), you must present evidence and proof which meets US Labor Department Grade 7 definition on website (i.e. 7>-<8):
I find the Auckland consulate extremely good at replying to emails so have the email address of it should anyone want it (won't post it here because of spam bots, so just PM me)
 
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