About this visa 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

All Visa 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

  • 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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The application process

Stage 1

1 Gather your documents

Prepare and gather all your documentation you need for this visa.


2 Submit your application

You can apply either online or using a paper form.

You can check our Office and fees finder for how much you’ll need to pay. If you choose to use a paper form, you can also check where to send your application.

We’ll also need your employer to complete a Supplementary Form.


3 Wait for a visa decision

We’ll process your application as soon as we can.

Most online applications are processed within 25 days, and most paper applications within 23 days, but it can take longer in some situations.

If there’s anything else you need to do, we’ll be in touch.


4 You can apply for a Resident visa

Once you’ve held your Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa for 24 months you can apply for residence under the Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa category.

Long Term Skill Shortage List resident Visa

Please check that you meet the detailed criteria before you apply for a visa or travel to New Zealand

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