Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

  • 1 acceptable photo if you apply online, or 2 photos if you use a paper application form.
  • your passport or certificate of identity.

Acceptable photos

If you submit a paper application, provide your original passport or a certified copy.  We can usually process your application faster if you provide your original passport.

If you apply online, you must upload a copy of your passport when you apply. We will let you know if you need to send your passport after you've applied.

Sending your passport for online applications

Character

You must be of good character

If you are 17 or over, you must provide a police certificate from:

  • your country of citizenship
  • any country you have lived in for 5 years or more since you turned 17 years old.

Good character

How to get a police certificate

Police Certificates must be less than 6 months old when you apply.

If you provide a police certificate that is not in English, you must provide an English translation.

This includes police certificates that record no convictions.

Making another application

You must already have a current or expired Long Term Skills Shortage List Work Visa and meet one of the 2 criteria for reapplying

You meet the criteria for reapplying if you either:

  • are waiting for your Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa application to be processed, or
  • have been unable to complete the visa’s work requirements because you were outside NZ when the border closed.

If you are waiting for your Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa application to be processed, you must:

  • hold a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa at the time you apply
  • have made an application for residence under the Long Term Skill Shortage List category and be waiting for a decision
  • have a job offer for a period of at least 12 months, for an occupation that is either on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, or is the same occupation that your current Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa is for.

If you have been unable to complete 24 months of NZ employment because you were outside NZ when the border closed, you must:

  • have started work in New Zealand while holding a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa
  • left New Zealand before 19 March 2020 and returned after 31 October 2021
  • have a job offer for a period of at least 24 months, for an occupation that is either on the Long Term Skill Shortage List, or is the same occupation that your initial Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa was for
  • be in New Zealand when you apply.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

New Zealand job offer

You must have a job offer for work on our Long Term Skill Shortage List

Your job offer must:

  • be current at the time you apply for your visa
  • be for full-time work.

 

Long Term Skill Shortage List

You must provide a copy of your employment agreement as evidence of your job offer. The employment agreement must include:

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

We won’t normally grant a visa if your employer is included on the list of non-compliant employers maintained by the Labour Inspectorate.

Employment agreements and rights

List of non-compliant employers

Qualifications

You must be qualified to do the work you’ve been offered

You must have the qualifications required by the LTSSL to do work the work you’ve been offered in New Zealand.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

You must provide:

  • original or certified copies of your qualifications
  • evidence the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) recognises your qualification.

Check if your qualification is on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment. If it is not, you must provide an assessment report from the NZQA, unless:

  • you have full or provisional registration, and
  • your qualification has been assessed by a New Zealand organisation as being comparable to a New Zealand qualification on the List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment.

List of Qualifications Exempt from Assessment

New Zealand Qualifications Authority

We may also ask for copies of your course transcripts.

Work experience

You must have the necessary experience to do the work you’ve been offered

You must have the work experience required by the LTSSL to do the work you’ve been offered in New Zealand.

You must provide documents that show:

  • the work that you did
  • the dates you did the work
  • how many hours a week you worked (on average)
  • the contact details for your employer or employers
  • how your work experience relates to the work you’ve been offered in New Zealand.

Long Term Skill Shortage List

Occupational registration

You may need New Zealand registration

If the Long Term Shortage List lists New Zealand registration as a requirement for your occupation, you must provide evidence you have the full or provisional registration required to work in your occupation in New Zealand.

Occupational registration

Long Term Skill Shortage List

 

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