New Zealand has three different skill shortage lists, they are,
- the Long Term Skill Shortage List
- the Regional Skill Shortage List
- the Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List
If the position you want to fill is on one of these lists it means suitable New Zealanders are hard to find and a visa can be granted to a qualified worker from overseas. If you occupation is on the list, you may be able to claim bonus points for your Expression of Interest or fast track your work visa. You can search for occupations on the shortage lists by using the skill shortage list checker here.
Long Term Skill Shortage List
The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) identifies occupations where there is a sustained shortage of highly skilled workers throughout New Zealand. If you have a permanent or long-term job offer in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List and your qualifications and experience match, you could apply for a Work to Residence Visa.
Regional Skill Shortage List
The Regional Skill Shortage List (RSSL) identifies the regions with occupations that have an immediate shortage of skilled workers. If the job you are recruiting for is on the RSSL and you have the qualifications or experience, you could apply for an Essential Skills work visa.
Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List
The Construction and Infrastructure Skill Shortage List (CISSL) includes all occupations previously on the Canterbury Skill Shortage List and construction-related occupations on the Immediate Skill Shortage List. If the job you are recruiting for appears on the CISSL, you could apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa.