New Zealand welcomes foreign skilled workers who can meet the labour shortages list of the country. The New Zealand Skill Shortage list mentions those occupations that are in urgent need to get filled up by the overseas skilled workers. If you are offered a job that is listed on the list and have got the qualifications and experience to match then be ready to apply for a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa. The skill shortages are hard to fill locally in New Zealand and thus, hiring workers from overseas is the best solution for the New Zealand government to fill these labour gaps.
There are three different lists that record skilled shortages in New Zealand and each of these lists experience a shortage of skilled workers in New Zealand.
The Long Term Skills Shortage List (LTSSL) mentions those occupations that have sustained shortage of highly skilled workers through New Zealand. So, if you get a job for the occupation that is listed on LTSSL and also meets the list requirements then you are eligible to apply for an Essential Work Visa to Residence Visa under the Long Term Skills Shortage List Work Visa. This particular visa lets you apply for residency after two years provided you meet the standard requirements and has a base salary of at least NZ$45,000.
Well, if your occupation is listed on the Long Term Skills Shortage List and is applying for a resident visa under the Skilled Migrant Category, you might qualify for bonus points for your Expression of Interest.
|S.N.||Occupational Group||Occupations are listed by ANZSCO Code|
|1||Construction||Construction Project > Manager-133111|
|2||Construction||Project Builder > (including Building Project Manager and Site Foreman)- 133112|
|3||Construction||Quantity Surveyor- 233213|
|4||Construction||Surveyor - 232212|
|5||Engineering||Chemical Engineer (233111), Materials Engineer (233112), Civil Engineer (233211), Geotechnical Engineer (233212), Structural Engineer (233214), Electrical Engineer (233311), Electronics Engineer (233411), Industrial Engineer (233511), Mechanical Engineer (233512), Production or Plant Engineer (233513), Environmental Engineer (233915), Engineering Professionals nec (233999)|
|6||Engineering||Civil Engineering Technician 312212|
|7||Engineering||Electrical Engineering Technician- 312312|
|8||Engineering||Electronic Engineering Technician (312412)|
|9||Engineering||Telecommunications Engineer (263311), Telecommunications Network Engineer (263312)|
|10||Finance / Business||Procurement Manager (133612)|
|11||Health and Social Services||Clinical Psychologist- 272311|
|12||Health and Social Services||Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist (253917)|
|13||Health and Social Services||General Practitioner (253111)|
|14||Health and Social Services||Medical Radiation Therapist (251212)|
|15||Health and Social Services||Medical Laboratory Scientist – including Cytotechnologist (Cytoscientist) (234611)|
|16||Health and Social Services||Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (253913)|
|17||Health and Social Services||Physicist (Medical) (234914)|
|18||Health and Social Services||Physiotherapist (252511)|
|19||Health and Social Services||Psychiatrist (253411)|
|20||Health and Social Services||Registered Nurse (Aged Care) (254412)|
|21||Health and Social Services||Sonographer- 251214|
|22||Health and Social Services||Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine-253399|
|23||Health and Social Services||Surgeon (General)- 253511|
|24||Health and Social Services||Veterinarian-234711|
|25||ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications||Multimedia Specialist (Film Animator) -261211|
|26||ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications||ICT Project Manager (135112), Organisation and Methods Analyst (224712), ICT Business Analyst (261111), Systems Analyst (261112), Multimedia Specialist (261211), Web Developer (261212), Analyst Programmer (261311), Developer Programmer (261312), Software Engineer (261313), Software Tester (261314), Software and Applications Programmers nec (261399), Database Administrator (262111), ICT Security Specialist (262112), Systems Administrator (262113), Computer Network and Systems Engineer (263111), Network Administrator (263112), ICT Quality Assurance Engineer (263211), ICT Support Engineer (263212), ICT Systems Test Engineer (263213), ICT Support and Test Engineers nec (263299), Telecommunications Engineer (263311), Telecommunications Network Engineer (263312), ICT Customer Support Officer (313112)|
|27||Recreation, Hospitality and Tourism||Chef (Chef de Partie or higher) -351311|
|28||Science||Other Spatial Scientist (232214)|
|29||Science||Environmental Research Scientist -234313|
|30||Science||Food Technologist- 234212|
|31||Trades||Automotive Electrician (321111)|
|32||Trades||Diesel Motor Mechanic (including Heavy Vehicle Inspector)- 321212|
|33||Trades||Trades Electrician (General)- 341111|
|34||Trades||Electric Line Mechanic -342211|
" The new Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List replaced previous The Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) on 17TH December 2018."
The Government of New Zealand established the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List to support the government’s construction and infrastructure commitments. This new list will include all occupations previously listed on the Canterbury Skill Shortage List and construction-related occupations as well. It covers all regions through New Zealand to meet the required labour shortages. The previous Canterbury Skill Shortage List contained occupations that were in critical shortage in the Canterbury region following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. If you get a job in Canterbury and your skills appear on the CSSL then you may apply for essential skills work visa. Additionally, if the occupation is also listed on LTSSL then you may apply for New Zealand permanent Residency visa also.
|S.N.||Occupation and ANZSCO Number||Region|
|1||Construction Project Manager (Foreman) (Roading and Infrastructure) 133111||All regions|
|2||Construction Project Manager (Roading and Infrastructure) 133111||Canterbury*|
|3||Construction > Surveyor 232212||Canterbury*|
|4||Engineering > Civil Engineer 233211||Canterbury*|
|5||Engineering > Structural Engineer 233214||Canterbury*|
|6||Engineering > Electrical Engineer 233311||Canterbury*|
|7||Telecommunications > Telecommunications Engineer 263311||All regions|
|8||Construction>Surveying Technician (Spatial Science Technician / Land Surveyor’s Technician) 312116||All regions|
|9||Surveying Technician (Spatial Science Technician/Hydrographic Technician)-312116||Northland,Auckland|
|10||Civil Engineering Draughtsperson (312211)||All regions|
|11||Engineering>Civil Engineering Technician - 312212||Canterbury*|
|12||Engineering > Electrical > Engineering Draughtsperson- 312311||All regions|
|13||Engineering > Electrical > Engineering Technician- 312312||Canterbury*|
|14||Trades > Metal Fabricator- 322311||Canterbury*|
|15||Trades > Fitter-Welder- 323213||Canterbury*|
|16||Trades >Bricklayer - 331111||Canterbury*|
|17||Trades > Stonemason - 331112||Northland, Auckland|
|18||Trades > Carpenter and Joiner -331211||All regions|
|19||Trades > Carpenter 331212||All regions|
|20||Trades > Joiner - 331213||All regions|
|21||Trades > Floor Finisher- 332111||Northland,Auckland,Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne,Canterbury*|
|22||Trades > Glazier -333111||Northland, Auckland, Nelson– Tasman, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury|
|23||Trades > Fibrous Plasterer- 333211||All regions|
|24||Trades > Solid Plasterer - 333212||All regions|
|25||Trades > Roof Tiler- 333311)||Northland,Auckland,,West Coast,Canterbury, Otago, Southland|
|26||Trades>Wall and Floor Tiler- 333411||Canterbury*|
|27||Trades > Plumber (General) - 334111||All regions|
|28||Trades > Drainlayer - 334113||Canterbury*|
|29||Trades > Drainlayer - 334113||Canterbury*|
|30||Trades > Roof Plumber- 334115||Northland, Auckland,|
|31||Trades > Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic - 342111||Canterbury*|
|32||Trades > Electric Line Mechanic-342211||Canterbury*|
|33||ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications > Cabler (Data and Telecommunications)-342411||All regions|
|34||ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications > Telecommunications Cable Jointer- 342412||All regions|
|35||ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications >Telecommunications Technician - 342414||All regions|
|36||Transport Truck Driver> (General)-733111||ACanterbury*|
|37||Trades > Scaffolder -821712||All regions|
Thus, if you find your occupation listed on one of these lists then you are eligible to apply for New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa.
The Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL) is regionally based and mentions those occupations for which there is an immediate skill shortage within a region. If your occupation is listed on this list then you may assume that there is a high demand for your skills and not enough New Zealanders to fill the skill gap. If you get a full-time job in an occupation listed on the ISSL and also meet the list requirements then you are eligible to apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa making you enable to work in New Zealand on a temporary basis. You may visit here to know about different types of New Zealand visa requirements .
Check if your occupation is listed on Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL)
The lists of Skilled Occupations do not necessarily mention the shortage of skilled workers in these occupations but a worker in these occupations may be able to apply for Skilled Migrant Category visa programs. Nez Zealand government has defined these occupations as desirable. Skilled Migrant Category visa program is point based visa that considers factors such as age, work experience, educational qualification and an offer of employment.
New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) review the ISSL and LTSSL on an annual basis. During this review, the MBIE decides whether occupations must be added or removed from a list or moved from one to another list.
Well, it is not the end of your immigration to New Zealand if your occupation is not listed on the New Zealand Skilled Shortage List. Though, you may still be eligible to apply for any New Zealand Visas.
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