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Immigration New Zealand accepts OET for visa purposes

By 11 October 2016Latest News

Immigration New Zealand announced on 11 October that it will accept OET as proof of English proficiency for all visa categories where an English language test result may be required.

OET is already accepted by all the major healthcare Boards and Councils in New Zealand, and with recognition from Immigration New Zealand, international healthcare professionals can now take OET for both their visa application, and healthcare registration.

To see which organisations recognise OET for proof of English proficiency, go to: www.occupationalenglishtest.org

Sujata Stead, OET CEO, says: “We applaud Immigration New Zealand for giving OET candidates the chance to use their test results for their visa application. We share the common vision of supporting healthcare professionals to successfully contribute within the New Zealand healthcare system”.

The New Zealand Immigration website states that hospitals and practices across New Zealand are looking for doctors, midwives, surgeons and 36 other healthcare occupations. It’s estimated that New Zealand will need 380 extra specialists every year to meet the OECD average by 2021, and up to 25,000 more nurses by 2030.

OET now has more than 70 test venues in 30 countries. With the recent addition of Massey University, there are now seven test venues in five cities in New Zealand:

Christchurch
Auckland
Wellington
Dunedin
Hamilton

Find out where and when OET is available through test dates and venues.

For more information about the requirements for Skilled Migrant Category visas, go the Immigration New Zealand media centre website: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/new-zealand-residence-programme-changes/nzrp-smc

For information about migrating to New Zealand, go to: www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas