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 will be closing to new applications on 31 October 2021. It will be replaced by the Accredited Employer Work Visa from mid-2022.

Introducing new accreditation and single 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