New Zealand Long Term Skill Shortage List changes

The New Zealand Immigration changes include the removal of six occupations, addition of five occupations and minor changes to occupation requirements after extensive consultation with industry groups, other stakeholders and relevant government agencies.

However, the removal of occupations from the LTSSL does not mean employers cannot recruit skilled migrants in those occupations to work in New Zealand

If, after the labour market is tested, and New Zealand Immigration is satisfied that no suitable New Zealander is available in that location then a temporary New Zealand visa may still be granted.

The occupations being removed from the LTSSL, effective 26 November 2009, are:

  • Boat Builder and Repairer;
  • Fitter and Turner;
  • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic ;
  • Fruit or Nut Grower (Orchard Manager) ;
  • Market Gardener (Crop Production/Agronomist Manager) ; AND
  • Mixed Crop Farmer (Grower Manager).

Fruit or Nut Grower (Orchard Manager) , Market Gardener (Crop Production/Agronomist Manager) and  Mixed Crop Farmer (Grower Manager) have been added to the Immediate Skills Shortage List (ISSL).

The following occupations will be added to the LTSSL: 

  • Physicist (Medical);
  • Life Scientist (Regulatory Toxicologist); 
  • Medical Oncologist;
  • Supply and Distribution Manager (Procurement Professionals); AND
  • Diesel Motor Mechanic.

Minor amendments have been made to the LTSSL to clarify certain qualification and work experience requirements for occupations on the LTSSL including:

  • Multimedia Designer (Film Animator) now requires a minimum of three years work experience;
  • Chef – the following qualification requirements have been added: ‘National Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) Level 4 plus National Certificate in hospitality (Basic Cookery) (Level 3)’;
  • Obstetricians and Gynaecologists now require registration within a provisional general or general scope of practice with the Medical Council of New Zealand; AND
  • Other minor changes have been made to the requirements of various occupations, eg some occupations have been changed to add that applicants must hold New Zealand registration.

As the LTSSL is used also for the awarding of bonus points under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) for employment, work experience and qualifications in areas of absolute skills shortage, changed to the SMC will also take affect from 26 November to ensure that people whose Expressions of Interest (EOIs) have been drawn from the Pool are not disadvantaged if the qualification and experience requirements for an occupation on the LTSSL have changed.

The EOIs selected that have claimed points for qualifications and experience requirements for an occupation on the LTSSL will now continue to be considered as if the qualification and experience requirements of that occupation have not been changed.

Skilled Migrant Category applications that have already been accepted by New Zealand immigration will not be affected while in processing by any of the changes to the LTSSL.

The New Zealand Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their New Zealand Visa applications through the New Zealand Embassy.