The list of occupations eligible for permanent residency and employment in New Zealand had been released after the NZ government review in December 2015. Find out if your occupation is on any of the lists.
Long Term Skills Shortage List
The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) identifies occupations where there is a sustained and on-going shortage of highly skilled workers both globally and throughout New Zealand.
If you get a job in an occupation on the LTSSL and meet the list requirements, you may be granted a work visa under the Work to Residence category category. 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.
Immediate Skills Shortage List
The Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) includes occupations where skilled workers are immediately required in New Zealand and indicates that there are no New Zealand citizens or residents available to take up the position. This enables faster processing of the application.
If you are offered a job on the ISSL and meet the list requirements you may be granted an Essential Skills work visa. This means that you are permitted to work in New Zealand temporarily. You won't necessarily be able to apply for residence.
Canterbury Shortage Skills List, CSSL
Occupations that appear on the Canterbury Skill Shortage List (CSSL) provide opportunity for qualified skilled migrants to have access to immediate employment. At the same time, being on the list enables a skilled migrant to apply for permanent residency. CSSL contains occupations in critical shortage in the Canterbury region following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. The list occupations on the Immediate and Long Term Skill Shortage Lists (LTSSL) relevant to the rebuilding of Canterbury.
If your skills appear on the CSSL and you have a job offer in Canterbury, you may be granted an Essential Skills work visa.