The latest Skill Shortage Lists

Is your profession on one of the latest Skill Shortage Lists?

New Zealand has three different Skill Shortage Lists

Watch the following video to understand what the Skill Shortage Lists are and why they are so important for your migration to New Zealand:


You can look up the current Skill Shortage Lists here: 


Why does it matter whether your profession is on one of the Skill Shortage Lists?

Because the lists are relevant for your visa application and also play an essential role for your job search in New Zealand.

  They give you a good indication if you want to find out whether:

  • You can claim bonus points for your Expression of Interest,
  • You can fast-track your work visa, and whether
  • Your profession is in high demand in the New Zealand job market. 


Find out more about the Skill Shortage Lists: 

The Regional Skill Shortage List, RSSL

The Regional Skill Shortage List includes occupations where skilled workers are immediately required in New Zealand. 

If your profession is listed, you can assume that there is a high demand for your skills and that not enough New Zealand citizens or residents are available to fill the skill gap. 

You may be granted an Essential Skills work visa and faster processing of your work visa application will be guaranteed if you are offered a job on the RSSL and meet all further requirements of the visa policy.

Find out if your occupation is listed in the current Regional 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.

If your profession is listed on the LTSSL, you can realistically assume that your chances of finding employment are above average. 

If you get a job offer in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the further requirements, you may be granted a work visa under the Work to Residence category.

You may be eligible to apply for residence in two years, provided you meet standard requirements.

This list is also crucial 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.


The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List, CISSL 

On 17 December 2018, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) established the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL) to support The Government’s construction and infrastructure commitments.

It covers all regions throughout New Zealand to meet their identified labour shortages.

View the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List.


Do you ask yourself whether you will be able to find a job in New Zealand?

Right at the start, you are probably unsure whether you will be able to secure a job offer in New Zealand.

We advise our clients to do as much of their market research on the New Zealand job market as they can! You can build up your confidence by researching the relevant job portals and gaining a good overview of the skills that are in demand. 


Are you eligible to work in New Zealand? Find out by using our Quick Self-Check Guideor get in contact with us for a Free Assessment of your migration options.

Read more about our Job Search Program:


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If you want to find out what it takes to migrate to New Zealand, ask our Licensed Immigration Adviser Apekshi Jayawardena for a Free Assessment.

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