Bonus points for expertise in an area of Absolute Skill Shortage

If an occupation is included in the Long Term Skill Shortage List it is assessed as being in an area of absolute skills shortage.

You might be able to claim bonus points in your Expression of Interest for your qualification, work experience and skilled employment, if you find your skills on the Long Term Skill Shortage List.  

 

Claim 10 Bonus points for employment in an area of absolute skills shortage

A principal applicant is assessed as having employment in an area of absolute skills shortage if he or she

  • is employed in an occupation included on the Long Term Skill Shortage List or that was on the Long Term Skill Shortage List at the time their Expression of Interest was selected; and
  • the current employment or offer of employment meets the specifications for that occupation; and
  • is suitably qualified by training and/or experience to undertake the employment or offer of employment (including any specific requirements set out on the Long Term Skill Shortage List.

Skilled employment in an area of absolute skills shortage only qualifies for points if the principal applicant provides evidence that their employment or offer of employment meets the above requirements.

Claim Bonus points for recognised work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage

2-5 years of recognised work experience in an area of absolute skills shortage will entitle you to 10 points, 

6 years or more years will give you 15 points.

Recognised work experience is assessed as being in an area of absolute skills shortage if 

  • it was undertaken in an occupation included on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, or was on the Long Term Skill Shortage List at the time the principal applicant’s Expression of Interest was selected; and
  • it meets the specifications for that occupation; and
  • the principal applicant is suitably qualified by training and/or experience to undertake that work (including any specific requirements set out in column 3 of the Long Term Skill Shortage List. 

Where the Long Term Skill Shortage List specifies that occupational registration is required for a listed occupation, the principal applicant must demonstrate that they:

  • held occupational registration while undertaking the work experience, if occupational registration was required in the country in which the work occurred; and
  • hold current full or provisional New Zealand occupational registration, or
  • meets the requirements if registration is required from the New Zealand Medical or Dental Council. 

Claim 10 Bonus points for a recognised qualification in an area of absolute skills shortage

  • If a principal applicant does not have skilled employment in New Zealand in an area of absolute skills shortage, they will be assessed as being qualified in an area of absolute skills shortage if they meet the specifications in Column 4 of the Long Term Skill Shortage List or that was listed on the date their Expression of Interest was selected.
  • If a principal applicant does have skilled employment in New Zealand in an area of absolute skills shortage, their recognised qualification will be assessed as being in an area of absolute skills shortage if the specialist, technical or managerial expertise required for that employment was obtained through the completion of that qualification.

Recognised qualifications in an area of absolute skills shortage only qualify for points if any occupational registration requirements relating to those qualifications are met. 

Check the current Long Term Skill Shortage List to find out whether you might qualify for bonus points for your Expression of Interest.

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