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Are your skills in demand?

Are your skills in demand to work in New Zealand?

Do you want to work in New Zealand? There are currently 3 Essential Skills in Demand lists for roles where there is a shortage of qualified workers in New Zealand. These are the Long Term Skill Shortage List, the Regional Skill Shortage List and the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List.

The lists are created for occupations where suitable New Zealanders are hard to find. And a visa may be granted to enable a qualified worker from overseas to work in New Zealand. The lists are reviewed regularly with occupations being added and removed to meet demand.

Don’t worry if your occupation does not appear on one of these lists. There are still many other occupations where New Zealand employers need to recruit from overseas. And we can help you understand your chances of getting a work visa, based on your qualifications, work experience and offer of employment.

We can help you with

  • Residence visas
  • Work visas
  • Visitor visas
  • Student visas
  • Partner visas

Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)

The Long Term Skill Shortage List is for occupations where there is a sustained shortage of highly skilled workers throughout New Zealand.

  • If you are qualified for a job on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and you meet the specified requirements for that occupation, you may be granted either an Essential Skills Work Visa or a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa. If you are granted a Work to Residence visa, you can apply for residence after two years.
  • Occupations currently include Surveyors, Engineers, Procurement Managers, Clinical Psychologists, General Practitioners, Surgeons, Veterinarians, ICT Project Managers, Web Developers, Chefs, Food Technologists, Electricians and many more. Find out more by downloading the full Long Term Skill Shortage List

Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL)

The Regional Skill Shortage List replaced the Immediate Skill Shortage list on 27 May 2019, and is for occupations for which there is a skill shortage within the 15 regions contained in the list.

  • If you are qualified for a job on the Regional Skill Shortage List and you meet the specified requirements specified for that occupation, you may be granted an Essential Skills Work Visa.
  • Occupations currently include Teachers, University Lecturers, Cattle Farmers, Accountants, Midwives, Snow Sports Instructors, Bakers, Panelbeaters and many more. Find out more by downloading the full Regional Skill Shortage List.

Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL)

The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List is for construction-related occupations where there is a critical and immediate shortage across 15 regions of New Zealand.

  • If you are qualified for a job on the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List and you meet the requirements specified for that occupation, you may be granted an Essential Skills Work Visa.
  • Occupations currently include Civil Engineers, Welders, Bricklayers, Carpenters, Plumbers, Truck Drivers and many more. Find out more by downloading the full Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List