Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Policy

The Long Term Skills Shortage List Work Policy allows New Zealand employers to offer skilled overseas workers employment if their profession is listed on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL).

This policy provides for a temporary multiple-entry 30 month Work Visa/Permit which has the potential to lead to permanent residence as part of the New Zealand Work to Residence category.

To be eligible under this policy you must:

  • Be under 53 years of age;
  • Have an offer of employment in New Zealand in an occupation that is included on the LTSSL that meets the specifications for that occupation, including:
    • For employment in New Zealand;
    • For a period of at least 24 months;
    • For full-time employment (amounts to at least 30 hours per week);
    • Current at the time the NZIS assesses your application and at the time of issue of the visa/permit;
    • Genuine;
    • Accompanied by evidence of full or provisional registration, or eligibility for such registration, if full or provisional registration is required by law to take up the offer; and
    • Compliant with all relevant employment law in force in New Zealand.
  • Be suitably qualified by training and/or experience to undertake your offer of employment as well as meeting any specific requirements set out in the LTSSL; and
  • Have met or are able to meet any of the necessary New Zealand registration requirements if these are required to take up the offer.
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Long Term Skill Shortage List Residence Policy

A permanent Resident Visa for New Zealand can be applied for under the Long Term Skills Shortage List Residence Policy after 24 months in New Zealand, providing you are able to meet all of the permanent residence requirements and are under 55 at the time of application.

To be approved for residence under this policy you must:

  • Have held a Work Visa/Permit granted under the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Policy for at least 24 months;
  • During the currency of that visa/permit, have been employed in New Zealand in an occupation included on the Long Term Skill Shortage List for a period of at least 24 months;
  • Currently have employment (see below) with a minimum base salary of NZ$45,000 that is in either:
    • The occupation for which you were granted a work visa/permit under the Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Policy; OR
    • An occupation which is listed on the Long Term Skill Shortage List at the time your application for residence is made; AND
  • Be aged 55 years or younger;
  • Hold full or provisional registration, if full or provisional registration is required to practise in that occupation in New Zealand; and
  • Be healthy and of good character.

Your employment must be:

  • Full time (on average, at least 30 hours per week);
  • Ongoing (permanent or indefinite, or for a stated term of at least 12 months with an option of further terms);
  • Genuine; AND
  • Compliant with relevant employment law in force in New Zealand. This includes having a written employment agreement specifying the necessary terms and conditions, and meeting holiday, special leave and occupational health and safety requirements.

Permanent residence in New Zealand will only be granted if you satisfy all the requirements of the Long Term Skill Shortage List Residence Policy, and you are considered by New Zealand Immigration to be a bona fide visa holder.

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