What is the Long Term Skill Shortage List?

Updated every 6 months, the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) is a list of skilled occupations that are in sustained shortage all over New Zealand. It is prepared by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), New Zealand Government. The Ministry identifies occupations where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand. Occupations may be removed or added to the list.

Checking the Skill Shortage List gives you a good idea of what kind of skills can get you work in New Zealand. Then you can decide what qualifications you can acquire in New Zealand that can lead to good job offers.

If a migrant worker is qualified for the job and meets the requirements specified for that occupation, they may be eligible for either an Essential Skills Work Visa or a LTSSL Work Visa. If they apply for a LTSSL work visa, they can apply for residence after 2 years.

If you get a job in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the list requirements, you may be granted a Work to Residence visa under the Long Term Skill Shortage List work visa. This means that you may be eligible to apply for residence in two years, provided you meet standard requirements and that job has a base salary of at least NZ$45,000.

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