Is your profession on one of the latest Skill Shortage Lists?
New Zealand has three different Skill Shortage Lists
- New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment can recognise areas where a demand for skilled occupations is more than our local supply can handle. The three lists recognise the need for overseas professionals in different areas of the economy, and cover regional skill shortages, long term skill shortages, and construction and infrastructure shortages.
- Before granting a work visa under the skilled migrant category, New Zealand Immigration must conduct the 'labour market test', meaning that employers must show that no suitable New Zealanders can fill the role first. Occupations included in the Skill Shortage Lists are exempt from this test, so having skills in these areas will provide application benefits as a work visa can be granted without evidence of New Zealand local recruitment attempts, which speeds up visa processing and may offer bonus EOI points.
Watch the video to understand what the Skill Shortage Lists are and why they are so important for your migration to New Zealand:
The Three Skill Shortage Lists:
- The Regional Skill Shortage List includes occupations where skilled workers are immediately required in New Zealand, across 15 regions.
- 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.
View the current Regional Skill Shortage List.
- 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 also 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.
- Immigration New Zealand established the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL) to specifically support the Government’s construction and infrastructure commitments.
- It is based on the same 15 regions as the regional skills shortage list, designed to supply the industries labour markets and meet their regional labour shortages.
- You may be granted an Essential Skills work visa and faster processing of your work visa application if you are offered a job on the CISSL.
View the current Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List.
Why does it matter whether your profession is on one of the Skill Shortage Lists?
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
- Your profession is in high demand in the New Zealand job market.
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 Points Self-Check, or get in contact with us for a Free Assessment of your migration options.
Read more about our Job Search Program:
Read more about becoming a New Zealand resident through the Skilled Migrant Category:
- The resident visa application process under Skilled Migrant Category
- Will you be able to claim points for your qualifications?
- Will you be able to claim bonus points for your professional expertise?
- Do you have to be registered in New Zealand?
- Will you meet the English language requirements?
- Have you reached the age limit of the SMC?
Find out more about working in New Zealand:
- Can we guarantee you that you will find a job in New Zealand if you are using our Job Search Service?
- Can you come to New Zealand to look for a job?
- Will you be able to find a job if you do not have a visa yet?
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- Tactics for accessing the Hidden Job Market
- What is the next step once you have a job offer?
- Find an Accredited Employer
- Skill shortages in New Zealand
- How much will you be able to earn?
- Your job must be “skilled” to give you points.
Ask our Licensed Immigration Advisers
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