The Long Term Skill Shortage List

The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) 

The Long Term Skill Shortage List identifies occupations where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand. This list covers shortages across the whole country, not by specific region, unlike the Regional Skill Shortage List.

  • If your profession is listed on the LTSSL, your chances of finding employment are above average. 

  • If you get a job offer in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the list requirements, you may be granted a work visa under the Work to Residence category. You will be eligible to apply for residence in two years, provided you meet standard requirements, and that job has a base salary of at least NZ$45,000.

  • This list is also essential 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 Long Term Skill Shortage List and find out if your occupation is listed.

 New Zealand's two other Skill Shortage Lists are: 

Find out how the Skill Shortage Lists help you with your visa application and what they mean for your job search.



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