SM11.10 Requirements for recognition
Work experience is recognised and qualifies for points if it meets the requirements set out at (a) and (b) below:
An immigration officer must be satisfied that work experience is:
relevant to the principal applicant's current skilled employment in New Zealand or offer of skilled employment in New Zealand (see SM7); or
relevant to the principal applicant's recognised qualification (see SM14); or
skilled, because it required, or enabled the principal applicant to gain specialist, technical or management skills and experience relevant to an occupation that is included in the lists of occupations held at Appendix 6 or Appendix 7.
Work experience must also have been gained in a labour market that is
comparable to the New Zealand labour market unless:
the work experience meets the requirements set out at SM13.20 for
work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage;
or the principal applicant has current skilled employment in New
Zealand or an offer of skilled employment in New Zealand (see SM7).
SM11.10.1 Definition: Comparable labour market
Work experience is assessed as being in a comparable labour market if it was undertaken in one of the following countries by:
a citizen or permanent resident of that country; or
a person who had the lawful authority to work in that country.
Work experience undertaken in a country not listed at (a) above will be assessed as being in a comparable labour market only if it was undertaken for a multinational commercial entity (including a wholly or majority owned subsidiary of such an entity that bears the same core name as the parent company) domiciled in one of the countries listed in (a) above.