12 June 2009

New Zealand immigration makes important changes to Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL)

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The New Zealand immigration department has released its biannual review of the New Zealand Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) and has announced a number of occupations that have been removed from the list.

The New Zealand immigration department reviews the New Zealand Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL) twice per year so that it remains reflective of the economy's current needs.  The most recent review into the skills shortages in the country has lead to the removal of 44 occupations from the list.

Employers will still be able to source overseas workers for those occupations removed from the ISSL, so long as those employers prove to the New Zealand immigration authorities that they have exhausted the local New Zealand labour market first.  New Zealand immigration authorities are adamantly testing the local labour market before granting any New Zealand work permit to overseas workers.

The following occupations will be removed from the ISSL as of Monday 15 June 2009:

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