Immigration New Zealand has acknowledged that certain skills and occupations are in high demand and is making it easier for migrants with those occupations to apply for a resident or work visa.

The Essential Skills in Demand lists help to ensure that New Zealand`s skill needs are met. They are updated regularly by Immigration New Zealand to reflect the current labour market situation in New Zealand. 


If your skills are on one of those lists, this can mean two things for you:


  1. It will be an indication that your chances of finding a job are excellent 
  2. Your work and resident visa applications might be more straight forward than for other migrants.


However, don`t worry If your skills are not on one of the shortages lists. It may still be possible for you to find a job and get a visa. Our team of Licensed Immigration Advisers and Employment Specialists is here to help!


Currently there are three different Skill Shortages Lists in New Zealand:


The Immediate Skill Shortage List

The Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) contains occupations which are in high demand in New Zealand because there currently is an immediate shortage of skilled workers in New Zealand in these areas.

This list is designed to facilitate the approval of temporary work visa applications. If an applicant has an offer of employment in an occupation that is included on the current ISSL, visa and immigration officers will accept that no suitably qualified New Zealand citizens or residents are available. 

View the current ISSL 

The Long Term Skill Shortage List

The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) identifies those occupations where there is a sustained and ongoing - long term - shortage of skilled workers in New Zealand. 

This list is important for migrants who are applying for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category: If your qualification is on this list, you might qualify for bonus points for your Expression of Interest.

View the current LTSSL 

Canterbury Skill Shortage List

Due to the high demand of skills for the rebuild of the Christchurch/Canterbury region, a new list, the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL), has been released, first in November 2012.

If you have skills in construction, engineering, telecommunications, trade professions and similar, your occupation might be on this list and  you may qualify for a temporary work visa.

View the current CSSL

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Ask our employment adviser Katrin Schottke how we can help you to find a job in New Zealand.

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