The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List

The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL)

The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List identifies specific construction occupations needed in particular regions, to support the government’s construction and infrastructure commitments.

  • These regions consist of 15 areas of the country with specific construction industry labour demands, including Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Whanganui-Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson-Tasman, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, Otago and Southland.

  • 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 CISSL and meet all further list requirements of the visa policy.

  • Some of these regional construction occupations are also on the LTSSL. If your skills appear on the CISSL, and the occupation also appears on the LTSSL, you may be eligible to apply for residence in two years, provided you meet standard requirements, and that occupation has a base salary of at least NZ$45,000.

View the current Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List and find out if your occupation is listed.

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