Information about Long Term Skill Shortage List Resident Visa

This visa is for people who hold a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa and have been employed in New Zealand for more than 2 years. If you have ongoing employment and your salary is NZ$45,000 or greater, you may be eligible for this resident visa. 

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Indefinitely


You can

  • Live, work and study in New Zealand.
  • Include your partner and dependent children aged 24 and under in your residence application.

Things to note

  • To apply for this visa, you must hold a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa and have worked in New Zealand for more than 2 years.
  • You must have ongoing, full-time employment in an occupation that was on the Long Term Skill Shortage List LTSSL) at the time you were granted a work visa, or an occupation that is on the LTSSL at the time you apply for residence.

Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa

Criteria

Meeting the criteria

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

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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 12 months or more in the last 10 years.

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.

Current work visa

You must have a current Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa and have held it for at least 24 months

We’ll check our records to see when your Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa was granted and if it is still valid.

Ongoing employment

You must have been employed in New Zealand for 24 months and have ongoing, full-time employment

Your occupation must be on the Long Term Skill Shortage List (LTSSL) at the time you apply for residence, or have been on the LTSSL when you were granted your work visa.

You must provide a letter from your New Zealand employer outlining:

  • your role
  • your salary
  • your hours of work
  • whether your role is ongoing.

You must also provide a copy of your employment agreement, which must comply with New Zealand employment law.

We can’t 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

The letter from your employer should be no more than a month old when you apply.

Minimum income

You must have a minimum base salary of NZ$45,000

You must provide a Summary of Earnings form from New Zealand's Inland Revenue showing your earnings while holidng a Long Term Skill Shortage List Work Visa.

Inland Revenue

The minimum base salary excludes any allowances like overtime, tool or uniform allowances, medical insurance, and accommodation.

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

Bring family

Your family must meet the requirements for this visa

You must provide evidence:

  • of your relationship with your partner and dependent children
  • that your partner and dependent children meet the identity, character, health and English language requirements for this visa.

Partnership
Dependent children
English language test results for residence from work

If any of your immediate family members hold New Zealand temporary entry visas based on their relationship with you, they must be included in your residence application.

English language for family

Your family must be able to speak English

Your partner and any dependent children aged 16 or over you include in your residence application must meet a minimum standard of English. Evidence can include proof they:

  • have an acceptable English language test result
  • have an English-speaking background
  • are competent speakers of English for other reasons.

Acceptable English language test results for residence from work

English language test results must be no more than 2 years old.

It’s OK if your partner and children over 16 don’t speak English, but you’ll have to pay for English language classes before we can approve your residence application. Then they can learn when they arrive in New Zealand.

Location

To apply for residence, you must be in New Zealand

We’ll check our records to confirm your location.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet.

Work

Once granted a resident visa, you can work for anyone you like, in any occupation you like.

Study

Once granted a resident visa, you can do any study you like.

Travel

You can travel in and out of New Zealand as often as you like until your travel conditions expire.

To travel after that, you’ll need to apply for and be granted either:

  • a Permanent Resident Visa
  • a variation of your travel conditions, which would allow you to return to New Zealand at a later date. 

Your travel conditions will expire 2 years from the date you first arrive in New Zealand as a resident.

If you’re outside of New Zealand when your travel conditions expire, your visa will expire as well.