Support a candidate's visa application Long Term Skill Shortage List Work visa

You can hire overseas workers to work for you in an occupation on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) as long as they have the qualifications, work experience and occupational registration required by the LTSSL to work in that occupation.

What an employer needs to do

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Job offer

You must provide a written employment agreement, which your candidate will need to support their application

For us to grant your candidate a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa, they must provide a copy of a written employment agreement, which must:

  • be for work in an occupation on the LTSSL
  • be current at time they apply for a visa
  • be for full-time work
  • be for 2 years or more
  • pay no less than the market rate (and at least NZ $45,000 if you want them to be eligible to apply for residence later).


Employment agreements must also include:

  • your name and contact details
  • your candidate’s name and contact details
  • the job title
  • the address the work will be carried out
  • the kind of work your candidate will be doing and their responsibilities at work
  • details of any qualifications or work experience your candidate will need to do the work
  • information about whether your candidate will need New Zealand registration to do the work
  • how long the work will be for
  • how long your candidate has to take up the job offer
  • pay and work conditions that comply with New Zealand employment law.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

Employer supplementary form

You must complete an ‘Employer Supplementary Form’

You’ll need to give your completed form to your candidate, who will need to include it with their work visa application together with their employment agreement.

Employer Supplementary Form (INZ 1113) PDF 259KB

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