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What is the Long Term Skill Shortage List?

The Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) is a list of skilled occupations that are in sustained shortage all over New Zealand. 

The list is generally updated every 6 months and occupations may be removed from or added to the list.

Skill shortage review process

This list is commonly used in the Work to Residence instructions and in the Skilled Migrant Category. 

Work to Residence

Skilled Migrant Category

In the Skilled Migrant Category, for example, you may claim bonus points in your Expression of Interest (EOI) if your:

  • skilled employment, and/or 
  • recognised work experience

is on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (referred to as the "area of absolute skill shortage").

You can check if your occupation is on the Long Term Skills Shortage List and what the qualification and/or work experience requirements are for the occupation.

Skills Shortage list checker

On 17 September 2019, the Minister of Immigration announced changes to employer assisted temporary work visa categories that will take place over the next 18 months.

Changes to temporary work visas