Large corporations in New Zealand are facing constant shortages of skilled workers, and as a result companies are not able to fill key positions and thrive to their optimum performance. To keep New Zealand’s economy to maximum level, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) recognises some skill shortages based on frequent feedback from key industries and publishes their findings in three Skill Shortages Lists. The Skill Shortages Lists are updated regularly, with updated assistances from various organisations.

Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa offers a pathway to New Zealand residence. To proceed with Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa, you must have the specified job experience, education and occupational registration to work in an occupation on New Zealand Long Term Skill Shortage List. You must have received a job offer for work in that occupation. If you can manage to continue working in that occupation for 2 years, you can apply for NZ residence.

With this visa you can

  • Start your pathway to permanent residence in New Zealand by working for up to 30 months in an occupation for which there is a shortage of New Zealanders available.
  • Apply for residence after 2 years of working in an occupation on our Long Term Skill Shortage List.

This visa is for skilled professionals who can meet specified eligibility requirements and has received a valid job offer from an employer based in New Zealand.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

TO be eligible to apply, here are few basic requirements:

  • Quarantine-free travel zones: You must arrive in New Zealand from a quarantine-free travel zone
  • Your Identity: You must provide proof of your identity
  • Health: You must be in good health
  • Character: You must be of good character
  • Genuine intentions: You must genuinely intend to meet the conditions of your visa
  • Age: You must be 55 or under
  • New Zealand job offer: You must have a job offer for work on our Long Term Skill Shortage List
  • Qualifications: You must be qualified to do the work you’ve been offered
  • Work experience: You must have the necessary experience to do the work you’ve been offered
  • Occupational registration: You may need New Zealand registration
Source: Immigration New Zealand

Step 1: Arrange your documents

Prepare and gather all your documentation you need for this visa.

Step 2: Submit your application

Apply on the paper form and send it to NZ Immigration with your application fee, immigration levy, and your supporting documents.

You may read the following guide in order to understand the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

Work Visa Guide (INZ 1016) – A guide for applying for a work visa

You can apply for a resident visa

Once you have held your Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa for 24 months you can apply for residence under the Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa category.

Source: Immigration New Zealand
  • Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113)
  • Work Visa Application (INZ 1015)
  • Valid Passport
  • Recent photographs (As per Immigration New Zealand requirements)
  • Qualification and Academic Transcripts (Original or Certified)
  • Police Clarence from countries you lived longer in the past 10 years
  • Employment Contract of Skilled Occupation
  • Evidence of work experience
  • Qualification
  • Occupational Registration (If Required)
  • Evidence of Offer of employment from NZ employer
  • Job Description of current employment
  • Work Experience – references, payslips, tax records or contracts
Source: Immigration New Zealand

Application cost: NZD$426

This is the charge for Immigration New Zealand to process your application. You will not be refunded the application fee if your application is refused.

A non-refundable immigration levy is charged and is included in the cost.

Source: Immigration New Zealand

Pathway to Residence in New Zealand

If you have held a work visa that was granted under the Long Term Skill Shortage List policy, you may be able to apply for a resident visa.

To be eligible for a resident visa under this policy, you must:‍

  • Have held a work visa granted under the LTSSL work policy for a period of at least 24 months;
  • Have employment with a minimum base salary of NZ$45,000 per annum that is either:
  • in an occupation that was on the LTSSL when you were granted a work visa under the this policy; or
  • in an occupation that is on the LTSSL at the time your application for a resident visa is made;
  • Hold full or provisional registration, if full or provisional registration is required to practice in the occupation in which you are employed in New Zealand; and
  • Meet health and character requirements
Source: Immigration New Zealand