16 October 2008

Reviewed NZ Essential Skills in Demand List delayed until March 2009

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The results of the biannual review of Immigration New Zealand's Essential Skills in Demand List due to come into effect on the 01 December 2008 will be delayed until 03 March 2009.

Twice a year Immigration New Zealand reviews the Essential Skills in Demand List so that it remains up-to-date with the needs and requirements of the New Zealand workforce and economy.  There are two lists maintained by the government as part of the system for migration to New Zealand; the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) and the Immediate Skill Shortage List (ISSL). 

The LTSSL identifies those occupations that are experiencing sustained or absolute shortages in New Zealand and around the world.  Those wishing to migrate to New Zealand who can gain employment in one of the occupations listed on the LTSSL can apply for a New Zealand Work to Residence visa, provided they have an offer of employment, work experience, or qualifications in an area of absolute skill shortage. 

The ISSL contains occupations that have an immediate shortage in the New Zealand workforce.  Those wishing to work in New Zealand on temporary work permits can apply for job listed on the ISSL, as Immigration New Zealand has identified that there is a pressing shortage of labour supply for that particular occupation. 

If a person wishes to migrate to New Zealand but does not have a skill, experience or training from an occupation listed on the Essential Skills in Demand List, there are other options available for skilled migration o the country, including the Skilled Migrant Category for permanent residence, and temporary work policies such as the General Work Policy.

The biannual review of the List ensures the occupations remain reflective of the current New Zealand workforce situation.  As such, after reviews, occupations that were previously considered essential on the list may be removed, while new occupations can also be added.  Further, changes can be made to what level of experience or qualifications Immigration New Zealand will accept for a particular occupation.

The current lists that came into effect July this year will remain effective until March 2009, so that Immigration New Zealand can upgrade the system.  A review planned for July 2009 will still take place. 


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Article by Jessica Bird, New Zealand Visa Bureau.


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