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CAP seat secured, despite multiple English language test scores.

Name : Mehnaz Kaur

Nationality : Indian

Problem : Challenges faced in securing a CAP seat

Category : Nursing in NZ

Mehnaz Kaur came to New Zealand from India on a Partnership Based Visa. Her husband was already in New Zealand holding a Post Study Work Visa. After coming to New Zealand, Mehnaz wanted to get herself registered as a Nurse.

As per the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ), an applicant who wants to become a registered nurse in NZ needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • Must have a minimum two years of work experience post-qualification
  • Meet the English language requirement of overall and individual 7.0 in each band in IELTS or B in OET (Occupational English Test).

Mehnaz met the first two requirements as she had completed her Bachelor of Nursing from India and worked for more than two years as a registered nurse. However, she had not appeared for any English language test in India. After coming to New Zealand, she saw the demand for health care workers. She decided to give the English language test to prove her proficiency and meet the eligibility criteria of NCNZ.

She cleared her OET after several attempts and made her application to the Nursing Council. They provided her with a decision letter and asked her to complete the Competency Assessment Program (CAP).

CAP is a short course with a duration of 8-12 weeks. A few providers offer these courses, and getting a seat for the program is always a challenge. Mehnaz contacted Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd and requested assistance in securing a CAP seat for her. Our Senior Licensed Immigration Adviser Vandana Rai assessed her documents and assured her complete assistance while securing a CAP admission.


Even though the Nursing Council of New Zealand accepts multiple results to meet the English language requirements, the CAP providers have their own set of requirements. As Mehnaz had cleared her OET after three attempts, it was a challenging task for our admission team to secure a CAP seat for her. The Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd. team applied to various providers and finally secured a CAP seat for her. The team was also able to get her a scholarship on her fees which made Mehnaz very happy.


Vandana and her team’s efforts resulted in Mehnaz getting a CAP seat, and that too with a discounted fee! Currently, Mehnaz is enrolled for the course and will soon be a Registered Nurse in New Zealand and serve society.

(The names of clients have been changed to protect their privacy.)


This article does not constitute immigration advice. Individuals need to seek personal advice from a licensed immigration adviser or lawyer to assess their unique situation.

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