Information about Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

This visa offers a pathway to New Zealand residence. To apply, you’ll need to have the specified  work experience, qualifications and occupational registration to work in an occupation on our Long Term Skill Shortage List, and an offer for work in that occupation. If you continue working in that occupation in New Zealand for 2 years, you can apply for residence.


30 months

55 and under

All conditions

With this visa you can

  • Start your pathway to residence in New Zealand by working for up to 30 months in an occupation for which there is a shortage of New Zealanders available.
  • Apply for residence after 2 years of working in an occupation on our Long Term Skill Shortage List.

Things to note

  • This visa is closing to most applicants on 31 October 2021 and will be replaced by the Accredited Employer Work Visa from 4 July 2022.

New employer accreditation and work visa

  • This visa only remains open if you are reapplying and you worked in the role the visa was issued for, were overseas when the border closed on 19 March 2020, and have not returned by 31 October 2021, or if you are waiting for a decision on your residence from work visa.
  • You can’t include a partner or dependent children in your work visa application, but they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you.

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Work visa