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Changes to New Zealand Skill Shortage Lists in March 2014

Posted on December  20 , 2013

Following the annual review of New Zealand’s Skills Shortage Lists by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, changes will be made to the list. These changes will come into effect in March 2014.  

Long-Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL)

This list applies to those who may be eligible for NZ residence (migration/PR) by gaining extra points for their qualification, work experience and/or job offer in these areas. The occupations which will be removed from the LTSSL are:

  • Audiologist
  • Dietitian
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Internal Auditor
  • Medical Diagnostic Radiographer
  • Midwife
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Osteopath
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • Conductive Education Practitioner
  • Specialist Manager not elsewhere classified
  • Speech Language Therapist
  • Urban and Regional Planner

A submission to add Bakery Manager to the LTSSL was declined.  

Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL)

The ISSL applies to people who may be offered a job in one of these occupations and eligible for a New Zealand Work Visa. One occupation will be added to the ISSL:

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  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)

The occupations which will be removed from the ISSL are:

  • Dispensing Optician
  • Internal Auditor

Submissions to add occupations to the ISSL were declined for Aeroplane Pilot, Fitter and Turner, and Metal Fabricator. Three occupations that were reviewed last year and were scheduled to be removed from the ISSL with a year’s notice will take effect at the same time. These occupations are:

  • Truck Driver (General)
  • Café and Restaurant Manager, and
  • Motor Mechanic (General) (Automotive Technician).

Further work is currently being carried out to review the requirements which migrants need to satisfy to apply for a work visa or a residence visa using the skill shortage lists. This includes a review of qualifications in association with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and more precise specification of registration requirements for occupations where a migrant needs to be registered.

Other Immigration Options

Remember that if an occupation is not on a skill shortage list, there may still be other options for migration or work visas, where an employer cannot find a suitable worker in New Zealand. See The Visa Centre for further information.